Purely Pendleton

The Make It With Wool contest is the grateful receipient of many wonderful prizes from companies with national and international influence and each one adds a special depth to the growing history of the contest — going strong since 1947.

Pendleton Woolen Mills has been a long-time supporter and proponet of Make It With Wool on many levels.  In addition to providing fabrics at reasonable cost to each state contest, they also give the National Junior Ambassador a generous award of $1,000

You, too, can work with the marvelous Pendleton woolen fabrics by purchasing directly from their online store http://www.TheWoolenMillStore.blogspot.com, or by calling the Woolen Mill Store in Portland, OR at 866-865-9285   For those able to stop in for tactile therapy sessions, the store is located at 8500 SE McLoughlin Blvd. and open Mondays thru Saturdays 10am – 5:30pm and Sundays 11am – 4pm.  Be sure to tell them you heard about them from Make It With Wool!

2017 National Junior and Senior Ambassadors both used Pendleton fabrics to create their winning looks —

Ohio Junior Allison Faber and Minnesota Senior Sarah Thelen


Those Beautiful Wool Fabrics

If you are new at looking for wool fabrics, it may seem a daunting task — so start off by taking a deep breath and relaxing!  Sewers love the feel of fabrics and fibers and that is a great way to begin to make your selection of wool fabrics.  While it is true that many wool garments will be lined, are you really wanting to spend time and money working with fabric you are not happy touching?   What feels nice on your skin?  Those softer wool fabrics will also be more forgiving to work with as well as easier to shape and ease into place.  The old stereotype that all wool fabrics are scratchy and hot has (thankfully!) fallen away.

You are living at a great place in time – wool is being ‘re-discovered’ by many designers as the best natural fiber for temperature control, wicking properties, and wearability.  Wool accepts dye easily and is manufactured in all weights of fabrics from the very sheer to carpet weights.  Buttery soft wools, lightweight wool knits, and beautiful colors are readily available.  Many independent fabric shops are stocking wool fabrics and they are very happy to show off their inventory and answer your questions.  Well-known mills like Pendleton and Woolrich also have many fabric yardage choices for sale at reasonable prices.

Now, it is your turn – jump in with a fabric selection and an easy pattern – join the sewers who have discovered the joy of sewing with wool!

2016 Nebraska Senior modeling her Pendleton Wool outfit
2016 Nebraska Senior modeling her Pendleton Wool outfit
2016 Colorado Junior modeling her rust textured Pendleton Wool dress
2016 Colorado Junior modeling her rust textured Pendleton Wool dress