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National Park Wool Blanket Series By Pendleton
National Park Blanket Series by Pendleton
The National Park Blanket Series by Pendleton has a new blanket to add to the list this year - the Yellowstone Park Blanket.
The Pendleton National Park Blankets are a collectible series of blankets that honor what Pendleton termed 'national treasures' - our national parks.
The Pendleton Mills have been in business for 100 years now and while the company is known for many products as noted below, they began their history making blankets. Pendleton garments are made in plants around the world but almost all of the 100% virgin wool is collected in the USA.
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The History of Pendleton National Park Blankets
The first National Park Blanket made by Pendleton was made in the 1900s and it commemorated Glacier National Park. It was created in 1916 and presented to James Hill, founder of the Great Northern Railroad, who decided he wanted to have something to sell to his guests while staying at the Glacier Park lodges. Thus started a great tradition of honoring our national parks.
Pendleton wool blanket manufacturing began in 1909 after the plant, which had been originally constructed to be a wool-scouring plant turned towards the production of Indian blankets and robes. The Bishop family together turned a rundown mill into a profitable business that flourishes today.
The blankets were originally used for trade with the Indians and through many collaborations with the Native American tribes, Pendleton developed their many interesting patterns. These patterns meant something to the tribes that created them and the blankets throughout Indian history have been used for celebrations, births, marriages, and even death - some wrap the deceased in a blanket and send him or her on their final journey.
Through the early 1900s, after the first National Park Blanket found its way to Glacier National Park, Pendleton blankets began showing up on railroad cars, at the Olympic Games, and even as toboggan coats. Still later, Pendleton Mills manufactured wool blankets for the armed services. My husband in fact brought back 2 wool blankets from Vietnam and we had these for 30 years.
The intricate designs of the blankets are unrivaled and besides the National Park Blankets made by Pendleton, they also turn out new designs every year. Most of the blankets are collectibles and even though on the pricey side, they will last a lifetime.
NATIONAL PARK BLANKET SERIES BY PENDLETON
- Grand Canyon
- Yellowstone (Newest)
- Crater Lake
- Anniversary blanket for 100 years - Glacier
More About Pendleton Products
You can personalize Pendleton blankets in the following ways:
- Add hanging tabs - use the Pendleton as a wall decoration
Most Pendleton blankets are dry clean only but they last a lifetime and are easily cared for.
BLANKET SIZES BY PENDLETON
While the National Park Blanket Series by Pendleton do not come in King size, here are the sizes for most of their blankets
- Twin: 66 x 90
- Queen: 90 x 90
- King: 108 x 90
OTHER PRODUCTS BY PENDLETON MILLS
- Solid and plaid blankets
- Woven style blankets
- Baby blankets
- Native American bed blankets
- Dishes, glasses and plates
- Table linens
- Decorative pillows and accessories for the bed and bedroom
- Spa towels and accessories for the bathroom
- Purses and luggage
- Clothing for men and women
- Clothing for children and babies - including moccasins
- Boots and belts
- Furniture and lamps
- Numerous gift items from teddy bears to National Park flasks
For more information and their beautiful on-line catalog, visit their website.
Contest for Pendleton Park Blankets - Closing November 1st
Guinness Record for Longest Jacquard Blanket
Summing Up National Park Blanket Series by Pendleton
Pendleton is a US company who has been around for 100 years now. That is stupendous in and of itself. Their dedication to Native American heritage has made them famous but it has also enriched our culture and our lives. Many of the Pendleton blankets are heirlooms or collector's items because of their beauty and their incredible patterns.
We personally have 4 blankets - 2 are stadium style which is a twin size. They can be used on a bed, taken with you for a cozy wraparound at a game, or used together to cover a king-sized bed.
We have 2 others - a queen and a king - which we use on beds almost year round. When summer is at its hottest, we put them in their plastic bags but then get them out again as soon as fall arrives. They are a wonderful source of warmth and again, the longevity of these blankets is unsurpassed.
Check out some of the beautiful patterns that Pendleton offers - for the seamstress at heart, they have beautiful fabric that you can purchase to make your own treasures.
You can find the blankets on Ebay and on Amazon both - as well as in their many stores around the country. Check on line to see where they are located. I found the 2 stadium blankets noted above on sale at REI and you can find many fine Pendleton products in many stores.
I love giving the nod to a company who is truly what America is all about and who has survived for 100 years in the business of making products people can actually use. The quality of their product has also never wavered and for that alone, I think they deserve a lot of credit.
If you are looking for quality merchandise, buy Pendleton products. They are well worth the investment as again, they will last you a lifetime.
Don't forget to enter the contest shown on the video on youtube below - closing date is November 1, 2010. The lucky winner can win the entire collection of blankets!