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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spot On Pendleton, Oregon & Wool Mill

Two of my sisters and I took a trip to Oregon this past weekend.That is my sister Joni in front of the sign, she did all the driving on this 8 hour just one-way trip. The reason for the trip is one I will write about in a future post when I can present it in a way that does it justice, 'justice' being the key word .In spite of the tragic reason we took this trip together, we did have a good time. One of the towns we passed through as we headed to our destination was Pendleton, Oregon, home of a famous rodeo and wool mill.* My sisters graciously stopped at the mill for me, as I am fascinated by the whole wool thing going on here, and also, the mills are a source of mill ends~ the scrap strips of wool cut from whatever they are weaving in the mill, and sold by the pound, valued by me and many other weavers for weaving rugs.
There was a small museum in the mill dedicated to the blankets & rugs woven by the *Indian tribes and also to the Pendleton Rodeo.Just look at this amazing rug woven by Indians shown in the museum behind glass.( Good thing too, because it would be hard resisting the urge to touch it.) click onto * to see history of the rugs.
This book was under glass in the museum and my sisters & I thought the inscription from a father to his son was a sentiment expressing a worthy goal for all, and especially expressing a desire for a family legacy that values an honorable name , a priceless gift of love to future generations. ( click onto picture to enlarge) "Dear Mort, This book may suggest that the best inheritance to receive or to leave is a good name. Love, Dad " The mill had an outlet store where we shopped. I was able to purchase a few bags of mill ends I will weave into rugs such as the rugs I wove awhile ago, shown in the next two pictures.
Rugs woven of Pendleton Woolen Mill ends.
This door leads to the room where all the wool goods this Pendleton wool mill sells are woven. Maybe one day in the near future I will come to see this ,but I will need to schedule this tour. If you stop in though, the store sells fabric, rugs, blankets,shirts, and so much more...all woven right here in America. Very much worth a visit if you're traveling through eastern Oregon !

14 comments:

Daisy said...

The Mill looks like an interesting place to visit, Kathy. The rugs woven by the Indian tribes are truly beautiful. How fun that you were able to buy some mill ends for you to use in the beautiful rugs that you weave too. I'm sure it was nice to spend some time with your sisters.

rkbsnana said...

Looks like an interesting place to visit. Besides the mill....I want to see OREGON!! Gotta put that on my list.

LindaSue said...

I remember getting a Pendleton wool skirt and sweater set for a special occasion in high school - a quality brand name and nice to see it maintains the high standards (not a lot of call for woolen clothing in North Texas climate!)thanks for sharing your trip with us!

goatpod2 said...

Very nice!

Amy

Judy said...

Thanks for sharing the photos with us, especially the ones of the awesome rugs! I need to visit it one of these days....

Maple Lane said...

It would be a beautiful and interesting place to visit. I know you were thrilled to visit the wool shop.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

My sister in law and her family live in Pendleton, but I have not been there for years. In 1982, I went through the mill tour and to the rodeo and pageant, and still remember quite a bit as it was all interesting.

I am getting a bad feeling about your real reason for going there though. Praying for you!

Kathy M.

KathyB. said...

Daisy, I can only imagine all it took to weave the Indian rugs. They would have raised the sheep, sheared & processed the wool yarn by hand, then woven it. The large rugs should surely be priceless. The hours, days, and maybe years invested in weaving them are incredible.

rkbsnana, I am originally from Oregon, a state I love almost as much as my home state of Washington. Our family lived there in my youth, and it is always where I know I came from. You do need to take a trip there, it is vast, and it's beauty varies from region to region. The coast-line is among the most beautiful places on earth I think.

LindaSue,Pendleton wool goods are still high quality. Wow, you actually owned a Pendleton wool skirt & sweater in high school, someone loved you! I agree though, wool clothes and Texas weather are not a pair I'd combine.

Amy, thank-you!

Judy, if you call ahead to schedule a tour I don't think you'd be disappointed.

KathyB. said...

Maple Lane, I had visited the Portland Pendleton mill & store, but I was excited to visit the place Pendleton got it's name from and also see some of the history. I was thrilled!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort & Joy ~ Kathy M. You got that right. The reason for our visit is one I would wish on no family, but am still unsure how to present it, or if I should even try.

Deanna said...

Delightful post. You must have had a great time.

God bless,
d

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Oh Kathy, I'd love to visit Pendleton and fondly all that terrific fiber and textiles. Your rugs are beautiful; well done!

Nancy M. said...

What a cool place to stop and visit! I'll bet the rugs you make will be very nice!

GardenofDaisies said...

Oh what a wonderful side trip!! I have driven through there several times, but have never had an opportunity to stop in. So glad you shared these pictures with us. My Grandmother (In Portland) had Pendleton wool blankets on all the beds at her house, so this brings back special memories of her.

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