How many times have you heard:
Do you make blankets?
My mother made blankets just like that.
When I worked in the quilt shop I can't
tell you how many times I heard
quilts referred to as blankets.
Last week while I was traveling
I had the opportunity to experience
real blankets being made.
I stopped at the Pendleton Woolen Mills
in Pendleton, Oregon.
They have a short, but very informative
tour that allows you to see the
process of raw wool to finished blanket.
Here is this delicious red wool being carded,
twisted into yarn
and then it eventually gets
spun on to these wonderful wooden spools.
Those are then combined into
huge spools of beautiful color.
The next step is to
weave the wool threads into blankets, especially,
into traditional Native American designs
with their intricate patterns and brilliant colors.
Piles of woven yardage.
The good news is that there's a sale room!
These blankets are part of the Pendleton's celebration of
the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service
using their original striped themed designs
with colors that reflect each of the different parks
The bad news was that
I really wanted one of each,
there were just too many choices
and I only had a carry-on bag for the
Good news! They ship!
Yesterday my box arrived.
I had settled on a gray woven plaid blanket and
a woven fringed throw.
More good news. I know
which one I would get next time!
Side note: If you look up the comparison between
a quilt and a blanket online, it's
evident that there's a lot of
confused folks out there.
Until Next Time-