PDX Adult Soap Box Derby, ADX Portland, and The Arrow

In early August, we got a shout-out on Twitter from Matt Preston, asking if we’d be interested in helping with the finishing  of his Soap Box Derby car. Matt is part the ADX Portland community, and we will talk more about the derby, but first we want to tell you about ADX. ADX brings together thinkers, makers, students and experts in a shared 14,000 square foot fabrication facility where dreams are made. Once you read about it, you will want to be part of it.

ADX lab

Now, back to the derby. Each year since 1997, Portland has been home to the PDX Adult Soap Box Derby. According to their website, “Now in its 18th year, the PDX Adult Soap Box Derby continues a beloved summertime tradition at Mt. Tabor Parkl—a community event that draws crowds of 7,000 – 10,000 people to watch a colorful and sidesplitting spectacle of 40+ coaster cars powered only by gravity, whimsy, and attitude.”

2015-Soapbox Poster-Final-Web

Matt’s entry was framed but not finished.

frame of soapbox derby car
frame of soapbox derby car
A cone for the nose of the car, fabricated in copper

Would we be willing to furnish some of our wool to cover it? Oh you bet.

Matt made a trip to our Woolen Mill Store in Milwaukie, Oregon. With the help of our manager, Mary, he picked his favorite. You might remember this Serape pattern from our second collaboration with Doc Martens.

choosing fabric at the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store in Milwaukie, Oregon
Pendleton fabrics
Fabric is chosen!

It wasn’t quite “off to the races” yet. First, Matt went back to ADX for final construction.

Construction of the soapbox derby car
Construction of the soapbox derby car
Construction of the soapbox derby car
fitting fabric to the frame
Construction of the soapbox derby car
Construction of the soapbox derby car

We were delighted to see that Matt was inspired by “The Point,” the Harry Nisson 70s classic.

drawing of "Arrow" the dog from The Point

Arrow was a great best friend. Here’s a little clip for those of you who weren’t around back then.

Construction of the soapbox derby car
Arrow's "nose"

The derby was held on August 15th. We don’t have any images of Matt’s car in action. It was sidelined in a crash! Here’s what Matt had to say about it: The race was a great time and we got a lot of comments on our craft and on the wool covering. Unfortunately, our tire wrecked during the race and so the craft only got one good run in her, but we will be reusing the wool and structure for next year’s race and it will be even better!

finished car on the day of the race
"Nilsson's Arrow" painted on the car

So, let’s all think good thoughts for next year.

Enjoy Summer Picnics with Hand-Stitched Home by Susan Beal

A Crafty Summer

Summer won’t last forever, no matter how much you wish it would.

Picnic-Blanket
copyright 2014 by Burcu Avsar

If you’re the crafty type, you might like to take Pendleton along on one of your summer adventures. We suggest you check out this Picnic Blanket, a project designed by the super-talented Stacy Brisbee. It’s one of the projects curated by Susan Beal in her book, Hand-Stitched Home, published by The Taunton Press.

Hand-Stitched Home Cover

Susan is part of Portland’s extensive crafting community, and a frequent visitor to our Woolen Mill Store.

She blogs here: West Coast Crafty.

Susan-at-the-Woolen-Mill-Store

As a crafter, Susan appreciates the properties of wool that make it so wonderful to work with. Her book is full of ideas, patterns and advice, with projects geared to all levels of crafting skill. We love everything she’s done with our wool-by-the-yard.

More info:

You can find all kinds of beautiful wools for this blanket at  our Woolen Mill Store (www.woolenmill.store). You can follow Susan Beal here:

blog: westcoastcrafty.com

Instagram: @westcoastcrafty

Buy the book: Hand-Stitched Home

Luke Haynes, Fine Arts Quilter, Will Reveal New Work at the Woolen Mill Store

Work of Art at the WMS

We are excited to invite you to the unveiling of a new quilt created just for us by Luke Haynes. Luke is an artist, and his medium is fabric. The photos below (along with his words) are used courtesy Luke Haynes.

Luke Haynes poses next to one of his quilts.

To quote his bio:

­I am an architect turned Quilter. I come from a strong art and design background that informs my quilt work in a different way than is generally associated with quilting. I make quilts to discuss utility in aesthetics and because I like the tactile craft of constructing works out of fabric.

A Luke Haynes quilt that echoes "Christina's World" by Wyeth.

I am interested in the choices we make to express ourselves to our world. We create an environment around ourselves to inform others how we desire to be perceived. By quilting I am initiating a dialogue between the immediate environments we create for ourselves, and the environments we inhabit.

Luke says of this quilt, "on my bed #1 Tradition 9"

Where cloth, what we know to respond to as clothes, linens, drapes and all kinds of covers becomes the language of my work. The cloth becomes the medium that I use to create images and scenes rather than conceal and contain.

The American Context #14 by Luke Haynes

A Storied Artist

Luke’s works hang in galleries around the planet, and he’s been also commissioned by private collectors the world over. He’s created something magnificent and astonishing for us. How did this happen, you might ask? Mary and Tawnya, manager and assistant manager of the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store, told us the story in e-mail.

Luke Haynes was introduced to us by Michelle Freedman from Modern Domestic Quilt Shop and Susan Beal. Luke visited our store in the spring and asked if we would be interested in a quilt collaboration. We viewed Luke’s website and spoke with Michelle Freedman. We were amazed by his work and agreed. Luke picked out jacquards with a special project in mind. He was also very interested in our plaid fabric which has been made into an amazing suit he will wear during his quilt reveal!

We can’t show you the quilt, but here’s a view of the suit:

Luke Haynes poses in his Pendleton fabric suit.

Come Join Us

We are hosting a special event for this, where everyone can learn about quilting with wool, meet Luke in person (he’s delightful) and share the thrill of the reveal. Our quilt is dizzying and beautiful in photos, and we will be thrilled to have it hanging on permanent display in our store.

Yes, we are just a little excited, can you tell? So please join us!

What: Quilt Reveal with Luke Haynes

When: Thursday, October 30th from 1 PM to 7 PM, with reveal at approximately 1:30 PM

Where: The Woolen Mill Store

Quilt strips and squares: photo of Luke Haynes process for the Pendleton wool quilt.

Sewing strips: photo of Luke Haynes process for the Pendleton wool quilt.