Montana-Made Point Blanket Pre-Orders Only! Limited Edition 4th Run (Warp) 1/2 Down
As of Feb 13, 2022
Full cost is $500 plus shipping. You will be paying 1/2 down and will be invoiced for the remainder when they are ready to ship.
Please read thoroughly.
It takes a full year for a sheep to grow the fleece for these blankets. After shearing, we process the wool here at the mill. Please read more about our zero-waste operation. We do care about the environment and it's imperative we have happy, healthy sheep. After the wool is spun, a small portion is handed off to Billy Maxwell to hand-dye with Indigo and then sent to Wood-n-Woven in Terry, MT for weaving.
This is my first collaboration with Billy Maxwell and Laina Therrien. The blankets are reproduction 1700's point blankets like Lewis and Clark would have traded to the Native Americans on their expedition using specifications from that era. This is NOT a fine wool blanket. They are made with a medium wool with a long staple length, which when washed and fulled, gives a fine halo and no pilling. The drape and keen on these blankets are very much like a vintage point blanket, but have their own special unique qualities.
For ordering, we are currently midway though the fourth warp for these very special blankets. What that means is, as of today (above date), the first warp of 10 blankets is already in the hands of their happy owners. The second warp is off the loom and awaiting shipment back to the mill. for finishing and fulling. The 3rd warp is sold out and we are currently taking orders for the 4th warp. We wish to minimize Laina's warping work this way. Feasibly, the 3rd warp blankets will be in hand in the spring of 2022, so the 4th will be about 6 weeks after that.
The mastermind of this project is Billy. I met him at a local fiber festival in 2020 and we began collaborating on this blanket project soon after. Three prototypes were then made and here we are today. This project has been in his head for well over 25 years. It has been a learning experience for everyone involved. Each step required many little steps to proceed forward, sometimes taking a couple of steps backwards. All in all, it has been a labor of love to see this project through to fruition.
The blankets are 68" x 86" Traditional "points" are optional. They are the 3 little bars above the stripe on the blanket and indicate the weight of the blanket. These weigh in at roughly 4.5 lbs, which is 3 points. Let me know if you'd like them on your blanket. You can also choose the traditional 3" stripe or the 5" stripe. These are the bars on either end of the blanket.
If they need washing in the future, you can send it back to the mill for free a professional, non-chemical wash or contact me on how to wash it at home. We never recommend dry cleaning for wool.
Half down of $250 is due upon ordering and the equal balance (shipping not included in this price) is due when the blanket is complete. The balance will be billed to you with the shipping costs upon completion. I did my yarn CSAs this way for over 10 years, so take heart in knowing all good things take time.
These are unique, Montana Made blankets from start to finish. Not only are they 100% Montana made, they are 100% Craftsman made. I am certain I already said that, but it's something I am proud of and it bears repeating!