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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 we decided to move back to the Blue Ridge Mountains in our home state of North Carolina.  

In late 2015 we packed ourselves and the business and moved to a family farm outside of Boone, NC.  We set up our office in a beautiful old barn and set out to find a local manufacturer.  We lucked out and stumbled upon Tsuga, a company that designs and produces quality outdoor products and bags.  In early 2017, Tsuga completed the first Tarpestry line of the year.

We are proud of our Colorado roots and are excited for our future in the mountains of Appalachia.  Tarpestry is officially….Built in the Blue Ridge.

To learn more about our origins, see the Tarpestry Story!

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 work as well as their warm and positive personalities.  We have since kept in touch and reconnected at multiple music festivals.  

We are teaming up with Mandala Dyes for our fourth collaboration: Oasis.  This one of a kind design is made with spiritual and peaceful intent, designed to help open hearts and expand minds. Each tie dye Tarpestry is hand tied and dyed by Kevin and Kyla with professional grade fiber reactive dyes as well as commercial quality detergents and fixers.  This tie dye Tarpestry is UV resistant and will not bleed.

Support artists! Shop the Oasis here.

 

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How to rock the holidays with Tarpestry

Baby, it’s cold outside! The fire is going in the fireplace and you’ve stashed your Tarpestry away to be ready for next camping season…  Wait, what? You don’t need to put your Tarpestry away for the winter!  Here are a few ideas for using your Tarpestry this holiday season:

Use your Classic Tarpestry for your Christmas tree skirt and wrap the base of your tree in style.  Not only will your presents be placed on beautiful fabric, but your hardwoods will be protected from water drips.

Take your Tarpestry on your next sledding adventure!  Park the Tarpestry at the top of the hill for breaks without wet bums. Plus, you can add your arsenal of snowballs to your Tarpestry and move them to the best firing locations.  The Rugged Style is best because it gives double the water-repellency!

Feeling a draft?  We know from experience that it is no fun to have a fire in the fireplace,only to feel a draft of cold air streaming in from a crack in the door or windows.  Brrrr!  We have very effectively used a Tarpestry to cover a window or door and reduce the cold air creep.  It really helps!

Other fun ways you can use your Tarpestry this holiday season include but certainly aren’t limited to:  seat around the outdoor bonfire, guest air mattress cover (a nice buffer from the cold air), cover for the firewood, firewood transport, buffer in the car for wet gear and so much more!

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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 for picnics, on the beach, at lawn concerts, and more.  

We have heard people say that the Tarpestry was their favorite gift over the holidays!  But shhh we aren’t supposed to tell anyone.  So let the snow fall, and let the smiles appear on your loved ones faces this Christmas when you all sit around the tree together and they open their Tarpestry.  So go on, make someone happy, and give them the gift of adventure!

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101 Ways to Tarpestry: Leaf Raking

Fall is here and we need no reminder that the leaves are coming down.  People do a lot with their leaves: mulch, compost, pile up to jump in, and bag for curbside pickup.  Whatever you do with your leaves this year, Tarpestry can be of service.  

We rake our leaves onto a Tarpestry so that they can be transported more easily.  Once you have your big pile of leaves on your Tarpestry, you can grab a short side at the corners and drag the leaves wherever you want them. It’s also easy to dump them into a leaf bag! We do recommend using a Rugged style Tarpestry for this since yard work can get a bit dirtier than, say, picnicking.  

We’ve also used Tarpestry in a similar fashion when hauling chopped wood to the fireplace. Learn how here!

Make yard work a breeze this Fall and use Tarpestry as your leaf-hauling partner!
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Holiday Gifting: The Perfect Match

It’s hard to pick out certain gifts for people – jewelry, clothing, books and definitely Tarpestrys. There are different styles of Tarpestry with tons of design options so it’s easy to get overwhelmed when choosing the perfect gift. After watching people choose their favorites at festivals for six years, we have the inside scoop for matching personality types to designs. We’re not psychic…but it’s a good starting point. Plus we offer exchanges, just in case.

For the Athletic Person
For this person, functionality takes precedence. We recommend the Rugged ‘Harvest’ design. Earthy colors hide the dirt and it’s paired with our tougher Rugged style that can withstand a more rigorous lifestyle.

For the Introvert
We are thinking of the quiet picnicker or casual book reader on your list. The Classic ‘Moon Garden’ design is a good fit. Although it has a complex design it is easier on the eyes, plus the Classic style has the cotton upper for comfort.

For the Creative Person
For the person who is always thinking outside the box and wanting to create. We match them with the Artist Edition options of ‘Black Canyon’ or ‘Instruments’ because of the pure artistic power put into these designs.

For the Playful Person
The whimsical type that has a go-with-the-flow mentality. Any of our Classic 3-D designs are a good fit for the playful person. They come with 3-D glasses for hours of play!

For the Practical Person
We get this question in our booth at every festival: “What is the best Tarpestry?”. We go with the Fleece every time. The fleece packs a bit larger, however it is warmer and thicker than the other styles. It’s practically perfect!

For Everyone
Tarpestry Gift Cards!

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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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Jeff Wood

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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.

For the visual folks, a super professional video:

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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