I am beyond lucky to live very close to the Pendleton Woolen Mills store. The store on Hwy 99E has bolts of Pendleton fabric and (bonus!!) scrap tables of yardage at discounts. Then every once in awhile, they’ll have an amazing sale. I went to their September sale when the tables were 50% off and yardage was 30-35% off and made out like a bandit!
Don’t get me wrong, this was by no means “cheap.” But Pendleton isn’t “cheap” by any definition of the word. It was still a pretty expensive trip costing me <$230, but I’ll go through what I purchased, what it would normally cost, what the finished cost is in the retail store, product longevity, and I think I made a good haul.
This is my crowning gem. Here it is on Pendleton’s website in another colorway. Here is a throw in the same size for $239. I purchased 2 yards, so that I could get a pattern repeat (repeat is at 26″), and I believe this one was 35% off. This lovely, as you can see above, would make an excellent coat or poncho weight, and is reversible:
I have it over the back of the sofa, currently without my white slipcovers on, as it’s fall/winter time and I like the darker tones. I haven’t finished the raw edges yet, and I’m not terribly worried about needing to be in a rush about that.
The second part of my haul is very exciting. This is potentially my ‘best value.’ I literally went the last day of the sale, and still found these beauties.
This is Pendleton’s Eco-Wise Easy Care Wool, like these blankets listed on their site. That’s right, washable! I’d, personally, still wash it in cold water, gently, with Eucalan, but washable! These are 2-yard cuts, and one 2 yard cut fits our queen bed perfectly. I think when we move to a king size, I’ll easily be able to cover it with a 3 yard cut.
It’s a bit hard to tell, but this wool is thicker and not as tightly woven as the teal wool. It would still make nice clothing, but would certainly have thicker seams and wouldn’t work on something really tailored, at least for my taste. I got these for $60/yard and 50% off, so that’s a total of $120 for 2 queen sized blankets, or $60 each. Look again at the blankets online, and they’re $189 for each, queen sized blanket. I win. I gave the 2nd one to my mom. I am the new favorite.
Then…I saw this. This is where my normally pragmatic self took off and left me brainless and in love.
Indigo blue makes me all dreamy. It’s such a comforting color to me. Then they added in those cream slub lines. Sigh. I bought 2 yards. It’s labeled cotton, it’s pretty thin, like a voile – will certainly need a camisole under it if not lined….it’s so pretty. Droooool. Restraint WAS only getting 2 yards. Yeah. $26/yard, and I think it was only %30 off. I know, some people buy Liberty at that price or more….but lucky for me Liberty hasn’t had an Indigo pattern yet that has made me weak in the knees.
Damn you, Pendleton, you got my number dialed in. I don’t see this or the other colorways on the Pendleton site – nor anything that really even compares, so you’ll have to just take my word for it. 😀 For the sake of comparison, this cotton Pendleton shirt is $98.
So, what is that, 8 yards total, 6 of which were high quality wool. My cost was less than $230. If purchased, and granted, already sewn/finished as per links through this post, that would have been $715. While $230 is nothing to scoff at, these are investment pieces, as they say, so I feel really good about putting in my own ‘sweat equity’ and my purchase.
hahahaha. I’m just kidding. I really love my awesome haul! I feel like I broke the bank in Vegas! wooooooohooooo! I’m a party animal! 😀