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Collaboration With Kind Design – Maroon Bells Tarpestry

Kind Design has released their second Tarpestry and it is breathtaking. The “Maroon Bells” design is a unique rendering of the iconic peaks in Aspen, Colorado. There are over 12,000 hand made triangles in the artwork!

This Tarpestry is truly one of a kind in design and functionality. It’s the very first “Rugged” style artist print we’ve ever made. Which means it’s water-repellent and UV resistant on BOTH sides. You can really put this Tarpestry through the wringer – it’s perfect for all things outdoors. The beach, lake and river are perfect destinations for the Maroon Bells Tarpestry.  Since it’s UV resistant the colors will last and the double sided water-repellency means double the durability. 

To shop the Maroon Bells Tarpestry and all designs from our Artist Series, visit this page.

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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 incredibly talented people who support themselves and their families through their small businesses.  They offer handmade clothing and jewelry, artwork, pottery and crafts as well as outdoor goods.  The products are always high quality and one-of-a-kind.

So when you’re looking for the perfect present, don’t forget to start with local and/or small businesses.  We promise, you’ll find something they’ve never seen!

Here are some of our very favorite small businesses and the crafts they offer:

Super Rad Cape Co. – unique handmade capes for all ages!

Shakedown Goods – a collection of artist-made goods

Mandala Dyes – hand tied and dyed in Colorado

Dope Soap on a Rope – hand crafted soap with hemp oil

Apsarajewelry & Textiles from Past & Present

Peak to Peak Batiks – batik clothing and wall hangings handmade in Colorado

Hooked Productions – sustainable and eco friendly clothing

Colorado Kaleidoscope Company – handmade kaleidoscopes

Feather Flies & Humble Bee Botanicals  – hand crafted with love in Colorado

Jessica Lee Designsfine hand crafted heirloom jewelry

100 Mics – clothing, jewelry and accessories

Radiant Shade – handmade clothing

Synergy Organic Clothing – organic women’s clothing

Legalize Pot Belly Pigs Co. – environmentally conscious gear

Vaughan’s Glassworks – glass blower in Asheville, NC

Brendan White Jewelry – hand crafted in Colorado

Loki Colorado – outdoor gear

 

For the art enthusiast on your list:

Kind Designs By Valentine

Tripps Prints

Phil Lewis Art

The Art of Ryan Kerrigan

The Art of Isadora Bullock

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Why Choose Classic

The “Classic” is our most popular Tarpestry style.  It has a soft 100% cotton top fabric and a durable, water-repellent and UV resistant base fabric.  The cotton fabric is hand silk-screen printed with unique designs.

Team Tarpestry loves the Classic style for picnics, outdoor concerts, camping, in the car and the back yard.  Put your Tarpestry down in the park and lay out your spread of cheese and wine (or fried chicken and PBR). Be sure to bring a set of tent stakes so your Tarpestry stays down in the wind. If the rain comes, pile your stuff on the Tarpestry and flip the sides over the pile so it stays nice and dry…or throw it over your head and use it as a poncho!  If the sun starts to wear you out, use the grommet rings to hang up the Tarpestry for instant shade.  

If you’re ready to keep it Classic, check out our designs here.


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Picnic With Tarpestry!

The picnic.  The quintessential time that we all need a blanket of some sort.  So many times in the past we have used a bed sheet/tapestry or a quilted blanket on the lawn…which is how the idea of Tarpestry came about in the first place!  The sheets and quilts end up getting wet from the dew on the grass or from a spilled drink, and the grass and burs always stick to them.  After many a wet butt and a blanket covered in goose poop we created the Tarpestry to take care of the picnic pitfalls.

You may wonder what makes Tarpestry so much better for picnics than other outdoor blankets?  For starters, the company has been built from the ground up by Carrie and Ted – a husband and wife team.  All Tarpestrys are made in Colorado because made the U.S. is very important to us. Also, the Tarpestry features grommet rings! If it’s windy or you find yourself on a sloped hill for your picnic you can stake this blanket into the ground so it will stay put whether you are on it or not. And if you find yourself in an unexpected rainstorm you can throw the Tarpestry overhead to keep dry.  Last but not least when you take out a Tarpestry for your picnic you are taking with you a piece of art.  You can sit on an artistic design instead of a plastic blue tarp or plaid blanket.  The Tarpestry has many other uses that you will soon find out about when you take yours out on your next picnic. So break out your cheese and wine and your Tarpestry, it’s picnic season!

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Hidden in the Hollow Music Festival

Our good friends in the music biz run Hidden in the Hollow Music Festival…the most epic all-VIP festivals ever thrown!  $120 gets you in, a screen printed poster, a cup, a hat pin, camping, free pizza saturday night, and beer is free. Lets repeat that last one…BEER IS FREE. There are giveaways everyday.  They give away so much free stuff like hand blown glass and Tarpestrys that you’ve got a 1 in 10 chance to go home with something that is worth the price of the ticket – or more!  Located at a hidden BEAUTIFUL mountain top location between Boone, NC and Johnson City, TN. MAY 20-21, 2016.

This will be the fourth annual and last year we were finally able to be there. We joined the prep team and also donated a Tarpestry for one of the many giveaways through the weekend.

2015 featured George Porter Jr., Jeff Sipe Trio, the Keels, Consider the Source, Native Sway, PBR, and so much more.  Man what a party it was and we had a great time!  During the Keels late night we helped rip a few giant fireworks to really get the mood lively!  Yes there was a bonfire…..and free moonshine, free beer, free pizza, and the most amazing RoShamBo contest ever witnessed (might have broken world records) not to mention the winner got to go home with a brand new Tarpestry!  

This year’s lineup is amazing and has a few returns as well as new acts such as Dumpstaphunk, Yo mama’s big fat booty band, and Rumpke Mountain Boys who will be playing from 2a.m. until!  It’s time to get your boogie on down at the Hidden in the Hollow this year.  Grab your tickets here! Good luck on the RoShamBo contest and Tarpestry is proud to announce the winner will once again go home with a Tarpestry!  Hope to see you party people in the hollow!

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Happy Music Festival Season!

Some of you already have a few music festivals under your belt this year and for others the festival season is just beginning.  Either way we hope you are as excited as we are to hear some amazing music in the company of good friends, family and the great outdoors.  Festival season is our favorite time of year! Not only do we get to travel the country and listen to great music but we are also reunited with all of you…and get to meet some of you for the first time!  Warm weather and smiling faces get us so excited to embark on Tarpestry Tour.

If you’re headed to any music festivals this summer don’t forget to pack your Tarpestry! You’ll always have a home base at the main stage for you and your buddies…not to mention a personal dance floor.  If the rain comes (and you know it will) pile your stuff on the Tarpestry and flip the sides over the pile so it stays nice and dry.  Or throw it over your head and use it as a poncho!  Be sure to bring a set of tent stakes so your Tarpestry stays down in the wind.  When it’s time for a break, bring the Tarpestry back to camp and hang up for privacy during nap time.  If the sun starts to wear you out, hang up the Tarpestry with the grommet rings to make life-saving shade.  Cheers to music festival season, have a blast and most importantly don’t forget to pack your Tarpestry!  Oh yeah, and lots and lots of water.

See our Tarpestry Tour schedule here!

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Mother’s Day, Tarpestry Style

For Mother’s Day this year surprise the mom in your life with a Tarpestry of her own!  Maybe your magnificent mama is an avid adventurer or maybe she likes to lounge in the yard. Either way we think it’s safe to say that she will LOVE this gift.

Let’s break down the perfect mother’s day experience.  You call mom and tell her you would like to take her out to eat.  She might be thinking, oh a nice restaurant with the family how nice.  Well surprise!  It turns out you have organized a picnic with her favorite meal and some delicious dessert.  You take her to the local park or picnic area and lay down a brand new Tarpestry in the grass, set up the food and have a nice relaxing time with mom.  She mentions how neat this blanket is that you brought.  Well here’s the kicker.  When you’re all done and ready to head home fold up the new Tarpestry nice and neat and tell her that you actually bought it for her. Not only did you want her to have a Tarpestry, but also a wonderful day to remember every time she uses her Tarpestry again.  You’re basically the best child in the universe.  

Now this is how you have Mother’s Day, Tarpestry style!

Love, Team Tarpestry

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Tarpestry Festival Tour 2016

AAAND we’re off!  This weekend starts our festival season and man are we excited to get back on the road.  On Tarpestry tour we will travel across the country and set up our vending booth at different festivals. We have a super fun lineup this year with a few new (to us) festivals and some classics that we love returning to every year.  If you’re headed to any of our festivals please come by our booth and say hi!

Festival schedule:

Merlefest – Wilkesboro, NC (4/28 – 5/1)

Hidden in the Hollow Fest – Butler, TN (5/20 – 5/21)

Delfest – Cumberland, MD (5/26 – 5/29)

Telluride Bluegrass – Telluride, CO (6/16 – 6/19)

Rockygrass – Lyons, CO (7/24 – 7/28)

FloydFest – Floyd, VA (7/27 – 7/31)

 

Potential festivals – fingers crossed!

Gauley Fest – Summersville, WV (9/15 – 9/18)

HillBerry – Eureka Springs, AR (10/13 – 10/16)

Hulaween – Live Oak, FL (10/30 – 11/1)
*See our On The Road page for direct links to festivals*

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Why Choose Rugged Tarpestry?

The Rugged is our toughest Tarpestry Style and has been known to withstand some pretty intense adventures!  If you are tough on your stuff then this might be the Tarpestry for you.  The Rugged has a urethane-coated polyester top AND base so it is durable, water-repellent and UV resistant on both sides.  Team Tarpestry’s favorite uses for the Rugged include water adventures (beach, river, lake), yard work, in the car and on the ski slopes.

While hiking and camping there are a lot of amazing places to rest that might seem too damp, rocky or full of sticks or pine needles.  The Rugged gives an extra barrier between these pokey elements so your break will be nice and comfortable.  When you’re done resting, pack it up and rope it up at camp over your hammock or lay it down in front of your tent!

The beach is a relaxing place, but the sand can become a major bummer.  If you’re using a beach towel or blanket the sand can get really stuck in there!  And then they can get wet and take forever to dry. Use a Rugged Tarpestry as your beach mat instead! The sand brushes right off and it’s also quick to dry!  Keep your towel dry and sand-free for when you need to use it. The UV resistant fabric provides protection from fading which allows it to hold color when using for long days of full sunshine.  When you pack up to leave, roll up your wet items into the Tarpestry to separate them from your dry goods. The Rugged simply can’t be beat for summer beach trips.  

If you’re ready to tough it out, check out our Rugged designs here.

Happy Adventuring!

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March Mini Madness Sale

March Madness is upon us and we want to be a part of it this year!  We’ve had a lot of requests for a Mini Tarpestry sale so may we present to you…the March Mini Madness Sale!  All Mini Tarpestrys are only $60 during the whole March Madness tournament!  That’s $15 off each Mini!

PASS this news along to your friends so they can get in on the awesome savings as well.  

TRAVELING isn’t allowed in the tournament but we highly recommend it for summer. Better make sure you have a Tarpestry while you are on the road!

TOSS your Tarpestry down on the ground for a picnic or outdoor concert.

LAY UP your tarpestry for shade when camping or on the beach.

SHOOT on over to our site to check out these killer deals on the Mini Tarpestry.  

Sale is live March 25 through April 4.

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Spring Cleaning Sale

It’s time to gear up for Summer! Waaaahoooooo!  It’s about time!  We’re clearing out shelf space to make room for summer inventory with our annual Spring Cleaning Sale!  From March 18-22, everything on our site will be 15% off.

Spring is the time to hike, bike, camp, rock climb, kayak, raft, picnic. go to music festivals, outdoor concerts and so much more!  You can enhance all of these outdoor excursions by bringing along your new Tarpestry.  If you don’t have a Tarpestry, take advantage of our Spring Cleaning Sale.  The best part is that if you get your Tarpestry now you can share it with all of your friends and family all year long.  Some of the designs that are on our site now won’t be available again…so take advantage of our 15% off Spring Cleaning Sale while designs are still available.
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Valentine’s Day Red Sale

What color does everyone think of during Valentine’s day? RED. And for good reason as the crimson color symbolizes passion and love. It’s for this reason that we will discount all red Tarpestrys for our Valentine’s day sale this year. ANY Tarpestry that has red in the design will be 20% off!  

We will have Classic, Rugged, Mini and Dog Duvet Cover Tarpestrys included in the sale. Some popular designs that will be featured in the Valentine’s Day Red Sale include: Scarlet>Fire , Paisley, Tree of Life Bright, Spiral Bear, Confetti and Sangria Dog Duvet Covers.  Check out all of the others that are on sale by browsing our site.

So if you want to really impress your love this year on Valentine’s day check out our “Red Sale”.  Don’t procrastinate because Valentine’s day is coming up soon! Sale ends after Valentine’s day.

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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 in your hand all the way from camp to main stage can become a serious upper arm workout.  Well suffer no longer, friends, because Team Tarpestry is here to help!

All you need is a Tarpestry strap.  Transfer that weight to your strong shoulders and free up your arms and hands for important stuff…like beer.

Here’s the method:

  1. Line up the buckles, tails out in the same direction.
  2. Unclip your first buckle and clip around one side of the Tarpestry roll.  Pull it tight.
  3. Line up the tabs on top so the strap is not twisted.
  4. Unclip your second buckle and clip around the other side of the Tarpestry roll.  Pull it tight.
  5. Loosen the strap for a crossbody carry or tighten for an underarm carry.

For the visual folks, a superb video:

Ready to take the leap? Shop here.

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 the lucky 3D designs and you put on your 3D glasses and get lost for a while.  Maybe you take a nap. Eventually you come back to the world and need to roll up the Tarpestry again. You start to fold it based on the existing fold lines – much like putting a map back together.  And with similar results, it is not perfectly folded in perfect form and you ask yourself “how did this EVER fit inside that tiny box??”.  Well suffer no longer, friends, because Team Tarpestry is here to help!  This is an easy fold/roll and once you know it…you know it.

Here’s the method:

  1. Fold once, hamburger style, grommet to grommet. For those of you who missed out on this in first grade – hamburger style is folding in half to get a square-ish fold instead of a long skinny fold (hot dog style).
  2. Same fold again, in half, same direction.
  3. Same fold one more time, in half, same direction.
  4. Flatten and smooth it out.
  5. Roll it up, nice and tight.

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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 punch!

Praised for its warmth and comfort, the Fleece is the perfect companion for any chilly weather activity. Leave a Fleece Tarpestry in the car for impromptu pit stops and for a warm poncho in a cold rainy predicament. Kids love the softness of the Fleece, which provides a bit more of a “cushion” than the other styles. The Fleece Style is also perfect for outdoor sporting events – protect your tush from cold bleachers and wrap yourself in warmth!

But, the most magical use for the Fleece is outdoor camping, whether it be tent, car, yurt or teepee.

Team Tarpestry does a lot of camping and this Tarpestry makes sleeping outside a true luxury.  Have you ever wondered why you get so cold when sleeping on an air mattress?  The cold air creeps right up through the air mattress – straight through your sheets and into your warm zone. Well the Fleece Tarpestry is your new best friend! Here’s the method: Put one Fleece Tapestry on top of your air mat or sleeping pad, fleece side up. Then make your bed per usual but top it off with another Fleece Tarpestry, fleece side down. The Tarpestry on the bottom keeps cold air from creeping up into your warm zone.  The Tarpestry on the top seals in the warmth while the tarp side keeps you dry from tent drips. Voila!

If you’re ready to take the Tarpestry Life to the next level, shop the Fleece here!

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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.  In simple terms, a Tarpestry is a “tarp” and a tapestry put together.  It is a weather-resistant outdoor blanket that puts a layer between you and nature, with style.  Seems simple enough, but don’t let this short explanation limit what you think a Tarpestry is capable of!

The base fabric is the tarp portion of the Tarpestry, a urethane-coated and heavy duty polyester (similar to duffle bag material). This is the buffer from the occasional unpleasantries, providing water repellency and UV protection.  This side of the Tarpestry goes down on the damp or dirty ground – protect those tushies!  You can also tie this side up for protection from the sun and rain…even wear it as a poncho!  These things are known “lifesavers” from sudden downpours and blistering sun.

The upper fabric comes in a variety of fabric options – differentiated by the name of style.  The options are Classic, Rugged and Fleece.

Our most popular style of Tarpestry is the Classic Style.  This option has beautifully designed 100% cotton fabric and is much softer than the base fabric – perfect for lounging on.  The fabric is hand silk-screen printed with vegetable dyes.  Because of unique layering of the dyes, the Classic Style has 3-D options! That’s right, some Classic Style Tarpestry designs come with a pair of 3-D glasses and, trust us, they are f.u.n.!

Another fabric option is the Rugged Style Tarpestry and this style is true to it’s namesake.  The fabric is a water-repellent and UV resistant polyester – just like our base fabric but a bit softer. The Rugged Style Tarpestry is built for adventure. Take them to the beach or on river and lake excursions because this Rugged Style will repel water and are quick to dry.  The Rugged is also built for famous beverage spillers – children, adults, we don’t judge! This style is so hardcore we’ve made our Dog Duvet Covers with the same fabric.

The third Style is our Fleece with a soft and cushy velour fleece top fabric. This style is, hands down, the Team Tarpestry favorite.  We do a lot of camping and this Tarpestry makes sleeping outside a true luxury.  Here’s the method: Put one Fleece Tapestry on top of your air mat or sleeping pad, fleece side up. Then make your bed per usual but top it off with another Fleece Tarpestry, fleece side down. The Tarpestry on the bottom keeps cold air from creeping up into your warm zone.  The Tarpestry on the top seals in the warmth while the tarp side keeps you dry from tent drips. Voila! The Fleece Style is also perfect for outdoor sporting events – protect your tush from cold bleachers and wrap yourself in warmth!

So, water-repellent backing and beautiful top fabric for your outdoor blanket.  Sounds great right?  Well brace yourself, the Tarpestry takes it a step further.  We add metal grommet rings to the corners of each Tarpestry – with the option of customizing with more.  Rope the Tarpestry up for privacy and sun/rain/wind protection and stake the Tarpestry down in the grass or sand when windy.  These little metal rings are essential for multiplying the practicality of the Tarpestry.  Additionally, each Tarpestry has a corner velcro pocket for storing the small necessities for your adventure. Think sunscreen, snacks, and the car keys that always vanish at dusk.

Well that’s a Tarpestry in a nutshell!  This is a robust product that will be sure to enhance your outdoor experience – whether you are picnicking or going on a grand adventure!  Pack a Tarpestry next time you head out on your excursion to see what it can do for you.

Still want more? Head on over to the Tarpestry Story page to learn about our origins.

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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 to lounge. Built with a cotton topside, comfort is king with the Classic Style. An amazing companion for music festivals, camping trips and days at the park. For those with an aesthetic eye, the Classic Style features the best variety of designs and colors.

Rugged Tarpestry – For the adventurers, the beachgoers, the sporters and chronic spillers. For those who need that little extra. With UV protection and dual water-repellent sides, the Rugged Style holds off water and is quick to dry. Perfect for beach, lake and river trips. Added bonus, this style makes for easy cleanup of spilled drinks, mud, or any other wet and dirty mishaps.

Mini Tarpestry – For the hikers, the skier/snowboarders, the parents. Made as a smaller Rugged style, the Mini is a great companion for day hikes, ski trips and for those with young ones. The mini appeals to the solo adventurer, who likes to travel far with a light load.  The perfect size for a personal nap or perhaps even a napsack!

Fleece Tarpestry – For the cold campers, the fall sports-goers, and the cozy and comfy ones. Fleece Tarpestry is for those who don’t mind the bulk but really love the warmth. This style is, hands down, the Team Tarpestry favorite. We love putting one on top of our air mattress, and another on top of our sleeping bag. This method seals in the warmth and keeps the dew off. Also recommended for those who frequent cold, wet bleachers at outdoor sporting events!

Enhance the gift with Tarpestry Supplies!

Tarpestry Strap –  A Tarpestry owner’s best friend. Roll up the Tarpestry and throw it over your shoulder. Also doubles as a yoga strap!

3D Glasses – A wise addition for any gift including a 3D Tarpestry.  Hard Plastic 3D glasses last much longer and can make for a fun experience wherever you lay your Tarpestry.

LED Stakes – Tent pegs with LED lights!  Stake the Tarpestry down in the field and find home-base at night.  Take it back to camp for your tent. A Festivarian’s dream accessory – avoid tripping over your tent line spiderwebs at night.  

Adventure Pack – 4 steel stakes, 50’ rope, 4 bungee hooks.  The perfect Tarpestry accessory package for the perfect Tarpestry camp configurations!

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101 Ways To Tarpestry: Yard Work

Autumn is one of our favorite seasons here at Tarpestry Headquarters. The weather is perfect for hikes, picnics, and late season camping trips. We go on day hikes in the Rocky Mountains and always take along a Tarpestry or two for breaks and a picnic lunch. Visiting the mountains, we get to see the Aspen leaves change from green to bright golden yellow.  The leaves have been absolutely amazing this year in Colorado!

After we watch the leaves change into vibrant colors and then fall, we are quickly reminded of the less glamorous side of Autumn – raking leaves! It isn’t always the most exciting task but hey, at least we’re outdoors. We have discovered that the Tarpestry is the perfect yard work companion. We rake our leaves onto a Rugged Style Tarpestry and then haul it to our back yard compost pile.  A quick and easy way to carry the Tarpestry is by using the grommet rings and some rope. Pull each corner grommet into the center and then loop the rope through them to sinch.  Make yard work a breeze this Fall and use Tarpestry as your leaf-hauling partner!

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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 to the gem of Wakarusa…the waterfall.  We hiked two miles down the mountain and arrived to a lush oasis of cascades, pools and bluffs.  We laid our Mini Tarpestry on the wet rocks, threw our gear down and plunged into the cold mountain water.  There were fellow festivarians on the bluffs, jumping off of cliffs and soaking up the warm summer sun.

We spent the next four days of the festival listening to good music, making new friends and spreading the good word about Tarpestry.  We hope our Tarpestry customers found a comfortable seat with their purchase…we know one panda who was able to take a load off!

Thanks Wakarusa, we’ll see ya next year!!