Napped, whipstitched, and other blanket terms

Napped or unnapped blankets

Whether "napped" or "unnapped", Pendleton blankets contain the same amount of wool and come out of the mill looking identical.

For some blanket styles, Pendleton combs the wool to fluff it up and make the blanket thicker and more fleecy.  This is a "napped" blanket. A napped blanket is roughly twice as thick as an unnapped blanket but weighs the same. 

Unnapped blankets are not combed, usually because the brushing would make the pattern look out of focus.  Patterns like geometrics with sharp lines are typically unnapped.  They come in a smaller box because they lay flatter, but again, they are equally warm, durable, and contain the same wool content.

Whipstitched or felt edges

The edges of good quality wool blankets are usually sealed against wear by one of two methods.

Whipstitched blanket edge

Whipstitch is a sewn edge with heavy thread, as shown at right.  This is a "classic" sort of edge, which evokes a sense of vintage blankets (although it is found on many newer blankets as well).

 


 

Felt edges are sewn on with a finer thread, as shown below.  Felt edges give the blanket a somewhat more modern look and are equally as durable as whipstitching.

Pendleton chooses different edging methods for their blankets depending on the style and history of the pattern.  In each of our product descriptions we note which method is used on that blanket.