Entries by carrie swartzbaugh

Ski & Snowboard, Tarpestry Style

Pack a Tarpestry on your next ski or snowboarding trip! It’s the perfect companion for all things wet, snowy, and gnarly. When you get to the parking lot, it’s time to put on those snow pants and ski or snowboard boots. Lay a Rugged Tarpestry on the snowy ground for a dry boot change and gear up. No more hopping […]

Universal Shaman by Jeff Wood

Meet the newest member of our Artist Series: Universal Shaman!  This native-inspired work of art is designed by legendary artist Jeff Wood.  The original artwork was featured on Widespread Panic’s 2011 Red Rocks show poster.  Universal Shaman is our second collaboration with Jeff Wood.  A few years ago we made a run of Tarpestrys from […]

Tarpestry Festival Tour 2017

It’s our favorite time of year again – music festival season!  Every Spring through Fall we hit the road and set up our traveling booth across the country.  We have a great lineup this year, concentrating mostly on the East Coast but heading out West for Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Tarpestrys are the perfect companion for […]

From Colorado to Carolina

Ted and I spent 8 amazing and transformative years in Denver, Colorado.  During that time we started the Tarpestry business, got married, explored Colorado and traveled across the country on festival tours.  All Tarpestrys were made locally at Stryker By Design – a manufacturing company right outside of Denver.  After a few years of deliberation […]

Custom Tarpestry

The wonderful world of Tarpestry just got way more fun…you can have any* image you want on a Tarpestry! If you love your dog’s face, put their photo on a Tarpestry. If you have your own artwork, put it on a Tarpestry. We can have any high resolution image digitally printed on top quality fabric. […]

Meet Gypsy

Gyp·sy /ˈjipsē/ :  a nomadic or free-spirited person. We’ve just released a brand new design to our Classic collection: “Gypsy”. The upper layer of this Tarpestry features a soft 100% cotton fabric.  This Tarpestry is the perfect traveling companion because it can be used as a tarp for camping, a blanket and a comfortable seat to […]

Collaboration with Mandala Dyes: Oasis

Mandala Dyes is a husband and wife team with over 10 years professional experience creating artistic and unique tie dye from their home Studio in Fort Collins, Colorado.  We first met the Mandala Dyes family around five years ago at a festival on the Colorado River.  We were instantly drawn to their beautiful tie dye […]

Make Someone Happy!

We have seen our share of elated faces over the years – pictures of people opening their brand new Tarpestry presents.  We agree! Tarpestry makes an excellent gift for anytime of the year but especially during the holiday seasons. That’s because anyone can use it, practically anywhere!  They can use their gift in the park […]

Holiday Gift Guide

As you plan your holiday shopping for this year, think about including small businesses!  Supporting artisans is a wonderful way to sustain local communities AND you can find really unique gifts!   When we travel to music festivals during the summer we love meeting the other vendors and checking out their crafts.  These vendors are […]

Tarpestry Care: How To Stuff Sack

They seem small enough, but most Tarpestrys weigh in at three and a half hefty pounds. Without proper handling, these things can get heavy! Carrying this load under your arm all the way from your campsite to the main stage can become a seriously sweaty upper arm workout.  Well suffer no longer, friends, because Team […]

Tarpestry Care: How To Strap

So you’ve mastered the Tarpestry fold & roll – bravo! Now you’re ready to pack your Tarpestry for the road!  (If you haven’t mastered the roll, see this blog post for simple instructions.) They seem small enough, but Tarpestrys are a heavy duty three and a half pounds! Carrying this load under your arm or […]

Tarpestry Care: How to Fold

Your Tarpestry arrives in the mail – it’s perfectly folded in perfect form in it’s perfect little box. You can’t wait to see the design so you untie the rope and spread it open on your living room floor. You admire your Tarpestry in all of it’s splendor. Maybe your new Tarpestry is one of […]

Why Choose Fleece Tarpestry

The less known style in the Tarpestry family (and the Team Tarpestry favorite) is the warm and cozy Fleece. The Fleece Style is made of a solid color velour plush fleece and come with all the standard Tarpestry features including the pocket, grommet rings, and water-repellent backing. But don’t let the solid color fool you, this Tarpestry packs a […]

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Tarpestry (and more!)

Maybe you’ve just discovered Tarpestry…or you are already a proud owner and want to know so much more!  Well hold on to your hats because you are about to become a wizard in the realm of Tarpestry.  (More of a long-story-short person? See this page instead.) This product’s purpose is to be a durable outdoor blanket with a beautiful design on one side. […]

Tarpestry Gift Guide

The holidays are right around the corner and we’re here to help! Not sure which Tarpestry to buy that special someone on your list? Use this gift guide to match the perfect Tarpestry to the perfect person this year. Classic Tarpestry – For the concert-goers, the picnic-ers and the back yard-ers. For those who love […]

On The Road: Wakarusa Music Festival

Team Tarpestry hit the road last week for a two month summer festival tour.  First stop…Wakarusa Music Festival!  We pulled in to Mulberry Mountain on Wednesday and set up shop with our good friends Shakedown Goods and Super Rad Cape Company next door. Once the booth was set up we grabbed our Rugged Mini Tarpestry and hit the trail […]