Thursday, June 5, 2008

Visiting Pendleton

Rarely do I make it to Southwest Portland to visit this store. It's a treat for woolen fabric lovers. Visitors are greeted by this well dressed sheep on the porch. Her personal blanket gives a forecast of what one will see inside.
A design you will see in many of their fabrics is also painted on the floor.

Long rows of blankets in dozens of patterns and colors are displayed.This international company started in Pendleton, Oregon. Most people know Pendleton for their wool clothing. In the beginning, the company made and sold blankets to the Indians in the area. Many of the motifs remind me of the Southwest, but they are designs from the tribes in this area. This location has a wonderful museum of tapestries, depicting many Northwest Native American scenes. They also sell finely woven light weight woven throws, and....

Stacks of wool remnants, any of their wool fabric by the yard.
Wool yard for weaving or knitting.
And ....what I came for. I know it doesn't look inspiring. These are trimming off the looms, where they have been weaving the heavy blankets. They are called worms. Weavers use then to weave rag rugs.
My loom is treaded and ready to go. Hopefully it won't be too long before I can show you a new rag rug.


Krista said...

Looks like a fun place! I like the look of that wool yarn...

Adrienne said...

I love visiting that store. I was there recently and bought some wonderful things. Glad you found your 'worms'. Can't wait to see your finished project. ~Adrienne~