Well, seeing as how I forgot my camera when I went to the Farmer’s Market this weekend, I thought I’d show you another wonderful local spot: the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store, which Mom turned me onto recently.
Some of you may be familiar with Pendleton Woolen Mills, which is famous for high-quality wool fabrics in all kinds of weights, as well as ready-made blankets and clothes. The Woolen Mill Store has this stuff, but is really more of a crafter’s paradise.
If you can afford, it, you can get gorgeous wool yardage in all kinds of colors and patterns.
There are also tables and tables of cut yardage – great stuff for Fall and Winter sewing. It’s spendy, but it’s beautiful.
…But where I went a little nutso was in the scrap bins. They have bin after bin of pieces that are leftover from cutting out manufactured garments. They’re all odd sizes and shapes, and just five bucks a pound!
I found these two long, narrow strips – perfect for scarves. All they need is a little edging, and some embroidery or needle-felting.
And I found this nice, big piece of plaid – enough for a simple skirt, and complete with fringe. Total cost, about a dollar.
What’s great about the odd-size scraps is, they’re perfect for plush toys. They had a bunch of them made up in the store – really adorable, with these prints all over them. Not to mention, you could easily piece together a blanket or bag with this stuff.
Keep poking around, and you’ll find plenty of other crafty, including all this lovely roving for needle-felting. Just $1.50 a bundle. There’s also a great selection of fiber-related craft books, and wall displays demonstrating lots of uses for wool in crafting. We had a great time poking around.
I also scored this big bag of buttons for a mere five bucks. I assure you, I was very dignified about it.
Anyway, the store runs a great selection of classes, too. Locals, it’s well, well worth a visit. And if you’re not local, visit their eBay store!