Yes, that’s us in the cabin! Ed sets a pizza down on a Canyonlands blanket (no longer in the line, but we do have some accessories and towels in this pattern) and snuggles his secret crush turned girlfriend under a “Fire Legend” blanket (see it here).
Native American-owned apparel company Ginew of Portland, Oregon, has released their WE WALK TOGETHER wool blanket.
The blanket represents a fusion of tribal cultures (Ojibwe, Oneida, and Mohican), and is the result of an exploration of design with artist DYANI WHITE HAWK. Each blanket is proudly woven in Oregon by Pendleton® Woolen Mills.
GINEW, The Company
GINEW Gih-noo) is the only Native American owned premium denim collection. Focusing on American-made materials, they incorporate elements of their Native American heritage (Ojibwe, Oneida, & Mohican) to express a contemporary Native voice through premium apparel and accessories. Ginew is Native-Americana, fusing Native American style and workwear.
According to Ginew,
It is customary in our communities to wrap a newly joined couple in a blanket to symbolize their union. The blanket colors represent the sacred day (sunrise & sunset) and wampum belt (purples), teachings which impart values to guide us in our life together. The lodges are in the shape of traditional Ojibwe and Oneida dwellings. The crest fuses timeless symbols from each of our tribes, the dwelling (Ojibwe) and Skydome (Oneida). Together, the colors and symbols represent how we value our traditional beliefs in our home as we walk this journey of life together.
The Artist, Dyani White Hawk
Dyani White Hawk is a mixed-media artist and curator working in Minneapolis, MN. White Hawk draws from her multi-cultural background and education to create abstract paintings and mixed media works that speak to her upbringing as a Lakota woman in an urban American landscape.
She talks about her background and design process:
I am a painter and mixed-media artist. I work predominantly in abstraction. My work combines influences, mediums and histories of modern abstract painting and Lakota abstract art forms. You can find more information on my website: www.dyaniwhitehawk.com
Erik, Amanda, and myself all met when we were at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was a brief, single dinner meeting, but the connection lasted. I was excited to hear from Erik on ways we could collaborate. He threw out a few different possibilities before this one came together. In a very collaborative process, we worked to achieve a design that spoke to each of their tribal backgrounds, their individuality, their partnership, and their vision for high quality, finely crafted, culturally rooted products.
I am grateful for the partnership and the opportunity provided through our work together. Moreover, I am most excited to be able to be a part of and support the dreams and visions for another Native entrepreneurial team.
Smoky Mountain Elopement
There is something so intimate, meaningful, and special about an elopement. The act of two people intentionally choosing to say ‘I do’ JUST to each other (and sometimes just parents or immediate family) has a certain charm that we adore. We were smitten when looking through talented Leah Moyers‘ photographs of their creekside ceremony in the Smoky Mountains National Park. We are all about infusing meaning into as many wedding day details as possible and Sandie and Greg did this to perfection – below you’ll read how this sweet couple met and why boats and water are paramount in their relationship (swoon…). After a personalized ceremony reading by officiant Radiant Gatherings, the newlyweds headed to Tennessee staple property Blackberry Farm for dinner and continued celebrations. Cheers to the new Mr. and Mrs!
Leah Moyers said:
“Smoky Mountain and Blackberry Farm Elopement: Sandie & Greg’s intimate elopement was so special, what incredible locations! We started the day in their room at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN. Blackberry Farm is “one of America’s most celebrated intimate luxury hotels… situated on a pastoral 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains… one of the top rated properties in the world.” Sandie chose a beautiful Alice+Olivia dress with intricate embroidered scenes depicting wildlife and nature, very fitting for their wedding day in the mountains. Sandie’s earrings were cast rosemary. During the Victorian era, the herbs a bride carried held serious meaning: rosemary stood for remembrance. She wore a cast feather bracelet, her grandmother’s pin in her hair and clogs from Bryr’s handmade bridal line. We enjoyed wandering around the farm and taking portraits by the stream, the garden and the boat house. Sandie & Greg met on a weekend long kayaking trip and the boat house was a perfect place for them to have portraits made as boats are an important and sentimental part of their life together. Their ceremony took place by the water on mossy rocks in a magnificent part of the Smoky Mountains National Park. Intimate elopements are seriously amazing to photograph and I enjoyed spending the day with Sandie & Greg, capturing them in these beautiful natural areas. After they said I do Greg washed Sandie’s feet in the mountain stream and they celebrated with more portraits, a glass of champagne and wrapped themselves up in a Great Smoky Mountains National Park Pendleton blanket, a beautiful wedding gift. They ended their day with a dinner and weekend celebration at Blackberry Farm and then off to a Caribbean honeymoon. Officiant- Radiant Gatherings, Yacoubian Tailors, Pretty Little Papers, earrings and cuff bracelet by Michael Michaud, The Clay Pot Floral”
In continuing with the mountain and nature theme, Sandie and Greg’s inviations featured the prettiest foraged foliage.
Sandie’s boho-fabulous Alice + Olivia gown was so her! We loved the personalization this couple placed on their wedding day.
Now this is a first kiss… cue the ‘aaaaw’ …
Greg washed Sandie’s feet in the mountain stream. We love this meaningful and traditional gesture of utmost respect and love.
…can help you celebrate a baby born during the eclipse year, or just wrap your little star watcher in something wonderful. We weave blankets that tell stories, and we want those stories to be told for generations. A Pendleton child’s blanket will warm your children, and their children, and the children who come after—and will definitely be around for the next full solar eclipse in April of 2024!
Crossed arrows stand for brotherhood and the setting aside of conflicts. A peaceful evening has come to the prairie. It is time to light the fires and draw together in the warmth of the fire circle. As logs crackle and flames flicker, stories rise on the night air. Stories of bravery and victory in battle. Stories of stealth and bounty in the hunt. Stories of tricksters and their clever magic. As they share their legends, the People are safe and warm in their tepees. Above it all shines Bear, the great guardian of the night skies.
Chippewa-Cree artist Jesse Henderson designed this blanket of the Milky Way, or “Chief’s Road,” exclusively for Pendleton. The Big Dipper and North Star shine brightly. Bear and moose tracks border the sky. Below, rows of lodges represent the children of the Creator and Mother Earth.
Sons of the Sky, Daughters of the Earth
These designs were created in partnership with Virginia Stroud, an acclaimed contemporary Native American artist. Every purchase helps support the honorable mission of the American Indian College Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps fund scholarships for Native American students and tribal colleges. Both designs honor a significant Plains indian tradition: Parents place a newborn child’s umbilicus inside a turtle of lizard-shaped amulet that embodies the turtle’s hard shell or the lizard’s quick movement. This guards the child’s spirit to ensure a long, protected life.
The central turtle amulet is surrounded by celebratory stars and rainbows in honor of new birth.
Water lilies and dragonflies surround a lizard amulet on a soothing rainbow that evokes a marsh sunset.
According to a Steilacoom legend, in the beginning, Grey Eagle kept the sun, moon, stars, fresh water and fire hidden from the people. Then Raven fell in love with Grey Eagle’s beautiful daughter. To please her, he turned himself into a snow-white bird, so she invited him into her father’s lodge. When Raven saw the sun and moon, he stole them and escaped through a smoke hole in the house. Outside, he hung the sun in the sky and flew away. At night, he put up the moon for light and kept on flying, carrying with him a stick of fire. Soon the smoke from the fire drifted over his back, turning his white feathers black.
Thundering hooves raise clouds of dust as wild mustangs gallop across the valley floor. These graceful creatures epitomize the free spirit of the West, standing as symbols of pride and tradition for many Native Americans. As the sun sets, stars shine against the vivid colors of the evening sky. This design celebrates independence, strength and mobility, all traits of the wild horse.
And so many more
We have so many choices for your young ones. You can see them all here: Child-sized Pendleton blankets These blankets are 32” x 44”, perfect for a crib or a snuggle. And they are 100% made in the USA.
If a beautiful Pendleton blanket is part of your plan to celebrate and commemorate the upcoming full solar eclipse, we are here with some suggestions! We’ve been weaving blankets that tell stories for over a century, and some of our most beautiful designs celebrate the night skies. All of these wool blankets are made in the USA.
Here are our Sky Stories.
Night falls as dancers gather on the Square Ground for the Stomp Dance, performed by many tribes: Caddo, Seneca, Muskogee, Cherokee, Shawnee, Seminole and more. Against the dark blue of the night sky, the bright flames of the ceremonial fire rise. Mother Fire is considered a sacred being who watches over the dancers and receives their songs and prayers. The Chief calls upon his medicine man and speaker to help him lead this sacred gathering. Men take their places in arbors built facing each of the Four Directions. With traditional and treasured turtle-shell rattles fastened to their legs, dancers begin their shuffle and stomp. Strong medicine and the repetitive steps of the Stomp Dance lead them to an inspirited, meditative state. The night echoes with the haunting call and response of their special songs. The Stomp Dance lasts until morning arrives to fill the sky with colors of Dawn.
This design was created in partnership with Muscogee Creek artist Starr Hardridge, and is part of our Legendary Collection. This design illustrates the relationship between humankind, Mother Nature and the creator of the universe, whose medicine is love. It acknowledges our place between the sun and the full moon. Full Moon Lodge is part of our Legendary Collection, which honors stories and symbols of Native American cultures.
This is a vintage design from 1923, the heyday of Native American trade blanket production. Dazzling colors and geometric designs tell a story. Arrows symbolize the paths of life and power. Stars centered in squares echo the bright Morning Star, a spirit honored by many pueblo dwellers. This blanket is part of our Heritage Collection.
High atop the Big Horn Range in Wyoming sits one of the best-known medicine wheels or sacred hoops. This spoked circle of stones was created by Plains Indians between 300 and 800 years ago. Astronomers have noted that during the summer solstice, the spokes of the wheel point to the rising and setting of the sun, and four bright stars, a discovery celebrated by astronomers.
The Northern Lights are as mysterious as they are glorious. Native legends offer intriguing explanations for these shining bands of transparent color that dance across the night skies. To the Fox tribe of Wisconsin, the lights were an omen of war, spirits of enemies rising up to do battle again. To their neighbors, the Menominee tribe, the lights belonged to torches carried by the manabai’wok, giant spirits of hunters and fishermen that were out spearing fish. Northern lights are most visible at midnight in the extreme north, and occasionally seen as far south as America’s Gulf Coast.
The Gatekeeper is an original Pendleton design from 1935. This USA-made wool blanket is a beautiful example of a Center Point pattern, which contains a primary design element that falls within a band through the center of the blanket. The eight-point star is a common motif in Sioux culture and often represents the morning star, signifying a new beginning with the break of dawn. As gatekeeper of the morning, it shows the way to the light and knowledge of the day.
Star of the sea, or Stella Maris, represents the guiding presence of the North Star. As a ‘pole star,’ it shines an abiding light by which sailors have navigated for as long as man has traveled the sea. The graduated palette of indigo, lapis, turquoise and ivory unfolds in a dynamic chevron pattern that evokes the emanation of starlight in the night sky, recalling the traditional craft of Star Quilts. Designer Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz is an American artist known for her multimedia drawing practice, inspired by iconography of traditional textiles. Her work is exhibited worldwide and recognized by numerous fellowships and grants.
This dynamic blanket celebrates the pioneering spirit of our founder, weaver Thomas Kay, who journeyed to America from England, arriving in Oregon in 1863. Its design was inspired by a blanket discovered in a 19th-century European mill which included the designer’s notes and calculations handwritten neatly along the sides. The pattern highlights the universal appeal of geometric shapes and lines. The hooked patterns inside the large diamonds are common symbols of luck and prosperity. Its quality and beauty is a tribute to the generations of weavers that have continued Thomas Kay’s legacy of quality and excellence.
We’re having a gift card giveaway on Instagram over the weekend–starting tomorrow. If you win, which blanket would you choose?
We are celebrating the Summer Solstice and the beginning of Summer with Kristen Frasca, one of our newest brand ambassadors. Kristen is a jewelry maker, graphic designer and photographer based in Nashville, TN. She has impeccable style, which shows in these summery shots.
Nothing says summer like a picnic. It’s the perfect way to relax in nature; spread a blanket, unpack your feast and toast to the months ahead.
Our picnic is happening on one of our new blankets for 2017–the Compass Point throw, which coordinates with the Compass Point bedding collection. This USA-made wool throw features a contemporary design in neutral hues, anchored by a repeating pattern of crosses. Each arm of the Greek cross reaches toward one of earth’s four corners, pointing the way to adventure, wealth, knowledge and relaxation. The Compass Point bed blanket is beautiful, too!
We’re always surprised when people say they’d never picnic on a Pendleton blanket. It takes some shaking out, but it’s actually good for your blanket to use it. It’s the best way there is to avoid moth damage. Wool blankets are thick, protective, insulating, and most spills bead up and shake right off, thanks to lanolin and the other amazing and natural properties of wool.
And for those of you who are worried about dampness, you can always check out our Pendleton roll-up blankets. These are backed with water-resistant materials.
Yes, Pendleton Hats are a perfect way to keep the summer sun out of your eyes. We have some fabulous new hat styles at the link, in colors you’ll love.
Hey there, goofy girl. This is Kristen’s Siberian Husky, Winter. It’s fine to crash the picnic when you’re this friendly and cute. And the Escondido Tote is a sophisticated and roomy tote that will hold everything but the dog, of course.
And now, let’s talk about that beautiful wrap. It’s the perfect summer layer; a Featherweight Scarf, generously sized, light-as-air in soft, silky mercerized wool in our Acadia National Park stripe. It is sizable enough to wrap you head-to-foot with the softest layer of smooth, airy wool. It’s also completely easy to wear around your neck, due to the whisper-thin fabric. It’s also available in Yosemite National Park Stripe–giving you a stripe for each coast.
So, welcome Summer! We wish you months of adventures.
You can see more of Kristen’s work here: www.kristenfrasca.com
It’s that time of year again. You’ve got a niece graduating from college, a friend who’s getting married, a housewarming and a baby shower in the mix. You need the perfect gift.
Forget slogging through online registries or defaulting to gift cards again. Sure, we’re a little biased, but Pendleton blankets are the ultimate gift: their quality shows and you don’t have to worry about fit. And, they’ll last a lifetime. But don’t take our word for it. Here are our customers’ top gifts picks:
–Glacier National Park Blanket: You can’t go wrong with classic stripes. This 100-year-old design is a long-time favorite one fan calls the “perfect gift.”
Photo by Cassy Berry @cassyandrabee
–Eco-Wise Blankets & Throws: Sustainably-made, machine washable wool. Perfect for college kids (twin fits extra-long dorm beds) or for anyone who loves quality but demands easy care. Starting at just $139 in 25+ colors and patterns.
Photo by Pendleton Woolen Mills
–Motor Robe with Carrier: This wool blanket is at home on the couch or the beach. Made for travel with a convenient leather carrier, it looks more expensive than it is (just $99.50!).
Photo by Kathleen Peachey @kathleenpeachey
–Chief Joseph Blanket: One of our all-time bestselling blankets and classic Pendleton. Choose from 12 colors and three sizes for a gift that’s just right.
Photo by Pendleton Woolen Mills
–5th Avenue Throw: “Bought as a gift, but I wanted to keep it!” says a customer from New York. No surprise: It’s made from the softest, most luxurious merino wool you’ve ever felt.
Photo by Marina Chavez and Suzanne Santo, @soozanto of @honeyhoneyband
– Yakima Camp Blanket: Pendleton quality starting at $99. Also available in Throw size. In versatile neutrals, so you won’t have to worry about matching their décor. “They were thrilled with the quality and craftsmanship,” says a shopper from California.
Photo by Pendleton Woolen Mills
Need more gift ideas?
Photo by Geneva, @cosmic.america
We are excited about our new Pendleton store in Eugene, Oregon.
Here is our official first customer:
It’s a beautiful space, filled with a curated selection of apparel for men and women, and of course a wide selection of our gorgeous made-in-the-USA Pendleton wool blankets.
We can’t wait to roll up this garage window when the weather gets brighter.
Come see us at:
You can follow our store on Facebook here: Pendleton Eugene
Ed. note: Today’s post is a special feature in honor of National Park Week. We have had the pleasure of working with Karla K. Morton and Alan Birkelbach, two Texas Poets Laureate who are currently on a Poets Laureate National Parks Tour. Karla took the time to answer our questions, and even shared some poetry. Enjoy!
- What does it mean to be Poet Laureate?
Both Alan Birkelbach and I have the great honour of being named Texas Poets Laureate, a lifetime title. Alan was named in 2005 and I was named in 2010. A Poet Laureate is the highest rank you can go in a state as a poet, and almost every state in the US has one. Here in Texas, there is no pay, no set criteria, so we do what moves us. This Poets Laureate National Parks Tour is truly what moves me and Alan. We are poets of nature. Our work holds a great sense of place. And above all, we are passionate when it comes to preserving such beauty.
- How did you become Poets Laureate/Poet Laureates?
In Texas, there is a call for nominations every two years (since that’s when the Texas Legislature meets). All the nominations are sent to the Texas Commission on the Arts. Those that meet the TCA’s long list of requirements are invited to submit their portfolio/resume/list of works. Out of that great list of people, the TCA narrows it down to a group of up to ten. Then, the names go to a group of people educated in literature around the state who make the final decisions. Those judges are kept anonymous to keep the politics away! So, as you can see, just being nominated in Texas is a great honour, but to be selected is truly a dream come true.
- Please tell us more about your Words of Preservation: Poets Laureate National Parks Tour.
I first learned about the upcoming 100th Birthday of the National Parks in 2013. I knew I had to do something to celebrate. Knowing there had not been adventurer writers dedicated to the Parks since the days of John Muir and Thoreau, I came up with the idea of visiting at least 50 of the 59 Parks, writing poetry, taking pictures and putting them in a book, with a percentage of the sales of that book to go back to the Park System. I asked Alan Birkelbach to join me to increase the historic significance of the project – to have the works from not one, but two Poets Laureate!
He immediately agreed to do this with me! Already, the result is wonderful – to witness and take part in this wonder, and see it reflected in two different ways. This is the magic of poetry and the magic of nature – everyone who experiences it takes from it what they need.
- The National Park Foundation has been encouraging people to #findyourpark throughout their centennial celebration. What are your personal Parks and why?
We had to begin our Tour with Yellowstone, since that was the first official Park designated, but we both have a hard time choosing favorites.
I feel drawn to the magic of Yellowstone, the silence of Joshua Tree and the intimacy of the Guadalupe Mountains.
Alan is still in a state of wonder about Yellowstone, especially Lamar Valley, and a part of him is still trying to ponder the mysteries of Mesa Verde.
- Can you tell us a little bit about your background? Literary, education, anything of interest.
I studied Journalism from Texas A&M University, which is a good profession, especially for poets, since every word counts, but I have always written poetry. I have to write. I am pulled to it in inexplicable ways. Being named Poet Laureate of Texas is one of my greatest honors. It allows me to be the ambassador of the written word in ways I have always dreamed.
Alan started writing poetry when he was twelve. He says his biggest regret is that he started so late! He started writing more seriously in the late 70’s and received his degree in English from North Texas State University (now called University of North Texas). He personally knew some of the earlier Texas Poets Laureate and is still honored that he gets to share that title.
- May we please have poems?
Yes! Here are our most recent poems inspired from Guadalupe Mountain NP:
What words are grand enough to speak of light –
the itch of orange, the streaking winks of pink?
Sun-shone hours turn belly-up, toward night
Good Day, Good Day is all that we can think.
Our legs a’tremble, muscles beastly sore,
a quest to know each vista, scene and swell.
Our soul’s now been imprinted evermore
and become something greater than ourselves.
These moments groom the core of who we are.
How could we come and not be wholly changed?
We’re mountain, wolf, and now, the evening star –
every atom of our hearts rearranged.
We came here knowing not what this might bring.
We leave in awe; we leave with everything.
karla k. morton, 2010 Texas State Poet Laureate
1 a.m. Guadalupe Mountain
Short-visioned men still think there is
a silent line that separates all things.
But I have seen the full moon strike the calcite
in the Guadalupe walls, heard
the horned owl sing a tufted dirge,
the small fox bark, the quails flutter, the pinions
sigh with green caressing wind, the crunch
of stones beneath my deep night boots.
I learned it then. I know it now.
There is a timbre here, a larger song. No lines.
One world. Full of music. One choir. One song.
–Alan Birkelbach, 2005 Texas State Poet Laureate
- Where can people find out more about the two of you?
Alan and I both have eleven published works each, many of which can be found online or at bookstores/Amazon/Barnes and Noble, etc.
Here is a facebook link: www.facebook.com/karlakmorton
and a website page: http://www.texaspoetlaureate.com/tour.html
that people may follow us along!
Also, we have just started a blog: Poets Park Tour
- Anything else you’d like to share?
We would just like to say that these lands, while under the preservation of the government, still need champions, still need those who are willing to give their time and hearts to make sure they continue to be protected.
Like Homer recounting the journey of Odysseus, we long to be the eyes and ears for the home-bound, to bring our tales back to the hearth.
We are certainly not the first artists who believe inspiration can come through great natural beauty, who have fallen in love with the grandeur of our National Parks, but we want to take it one step further and try to do something incredible – to infuse that beauty into the written word – the eternal language of poetry.
Lone Star Literary: Interview with Karla K. Morton
Carlsbad, NM newspaper: Texas Poets Laureate Visit Guadalupe Mountains
Western Writers of America Roundup Magazine: Feature
All photos above by Karla K. Morton, used with permission.
And of course, if you’re interested in the Badlands blanket, remember that a portion of your purchase helps to support preservation of your national parks through our National Park Service. See it here: Badlands Blanket
Fun fact: Pets love wool. If you have a wool blanket, your cat has probably “claimed” it as her own (and immediately covered it in fur). Cats and dogs are drawn to wool because it’s breathable and regulates heat, which keeps them cool in summer and warm in winter. An added plus for pet-lovers is that wool also naturally resists germs and dirt. Plus, it’s just plain cozy!
We’ve rounded up 10 of the absolute cutest photos of cats and dogs enjoying Pendleton gear, from wool blankets and throws to our new pet beds, leashes, collars and more. So take a few minutes for a cuteness break, and tell us which one is your favorite in the comments!
There’s nothing better than a puppy, except maybe a puppy asleep on a Pendleton throw. Lucy, an apricot goldendoodle in Washington, dozes off on a pure virgin wool motor robe. Sweet dreams of bagel crumbs and chin scratches, Lucy.
A sleeping cat and kiddo? It’s almost too much to handle. They’re curled up on a Glacier Park knit throw in fuzzy cotton and merino wool. Ahh.
We had to give some love to fellow Oregonian Thomas Guy, who took this photo of his significant other and their aptly named doodle, Laura Darling. The dog looks so soft and fluffy in our Glacier Park dog coat!
Lauren Gordon was originally was fostering these two kitties, Peanut and Penelope, but she fell in love with them and adopted them. Here they are on an aqua Chief Joseph blanket. (We wouldn’t have been able to resist, either.)
Rooster, a Great Pyrenees, protectively cuddles newborn baby Poe as they nap on a Pendleton dog bed in Washington, D.C.
Why are sleeping animals so cute? Barcelona photographer Raquel Fialho captured the adorable Flor (Portuguese for “flower”) snoozing on our Chief Joseph pillows in aqua and turquoise.
Oreo the Biewer Yorkie peeks out from a Glacier stripe blanket. Clearly the tiny Bay Area pup has excellent taste.
You can’t help but smile at Cooper, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi in San Francisco who likes romping around in the snow while his national park dog coat keeps him toasty.
Streeeetch! Peanut relaxes on a Yakima camp blanket on a lazy sunny day. Excellent idea, Peanut.
OK, which furry friend is the cutest in your book?