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Entries in Embroidery (21)

Thursday
Mar132014

Molly's Sketchbook: Springtime Running Stitch Napkins

After the darkness of winter, Easter and Passover come at just the right time for a springtime celebration! With the promise of warmth and friends and family around the table, everything feels brighter and more colorful, from the flowers on the table to the flavors of the food. We’re contributing to the good cheer with a pretty set of Springtime Running Stitch Napkins, sewn up  in a sunny rainbow of Liberty of London’s Tana Lawn prints. 

There is no simpler or better way to freshen a table setting than with special napkins. These are easy and fun to make and the vivid Tana Lawn couldn’t be more beautiful. Whip these napkins together on a machine and then take the time to handstitch the edges with a simple running stitch, a detail that won’t go unnoticed!

If you’d like to give this season’s holiday table a burst of vernal color, our Materials for Springtime Running Stitch Napkins kit has everything you need to make a set of six and is available in two lovely colorways. And for the original pattern just click right here! Happy Easter, Happy Passover and Happy spring! --Molly

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Thursday
Feb272014

Molly's Sketchbook: Ombre Edge Throw

Embroidery is the very first craft I ever learned. It was de rigeur at my elementary school, perhaps as a way to instill focus and hone fine motor skills. Whatever the reason, I’m eternally grateful (shout out to Marin School in Albany, California!) because I love embroidery to this day! I appreciate the relaxing rhythm of a needle pulling thread, and too, I love that embroidery is so self-contained and versatile. 

I recently felt a new burst of embroidery inspiration while I was stitching my Felted Wool Hot Water Bottle Cover project. I was fascinated by how the zigzag blanket stitch instantly transformed something plain into something extraordinary. And so, armed with a yard of Dorr Mill’s Wool and a whimsical spring rainbow of DMC Floss, this Ombre Edge Throw was born!

This project is super quick to make but looks so considered and elegant. I originally intended it to be a couch throw, good for curling up and watching a movie, but once it was done, I couldn’t resist the urge to wear it as a scarf as well. The Ombre Edge Throw is one of those great, versatile projects that can be anything you want… kind of like embroidery itself!

To whip up your own, be sure to pick up one of our Materials for Ombre Edge Throw kits right here! - Molly

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Sunday
Dec292013

The Purl Bee's Best of 2013!

What?! Another year gone by? Impossible! It seems a year slips by in a blink, and in its wake we find a treasure trove of Purl Bee projects, some almost forgotten, they seem so long ago. That's why this week we're combing our archives, reacquainting ourselves with the old fruits of our labors and reminding our readers of some of this year's highlights. From a quirky hedgehog to a classic pinwheel quilt, and from simple friendship bracelets to sophisticated scarves, here's a look back on some of our very favorite projects from 2013!

Top Row (above): Slip Stitch Dishtowels, Wool and Liberty Teddy Bear, Braided Friendship Bracelets and Reversible Stripes Scarf

Second Row: Winter Baby Bonnet, Everyday Tote, Knit Hedgehogs and Needlepoint Houses

Third Row: Denim Pinwheel Quilt, Amazing Seed Stitch Wrap, Liberty Backpacks and Woven Scarf

Bottom Row: Knit Octopus, Pointy Hats for Newborns, The Sweatshirt Sweater and Bobby Pin Butterflies

This past year on the Bee we found tons of inspiration from, not one, not two, but three new Purl Soho yarns. To the Super Soft Merino collection-of-one, we added Worsted Twist, Line Weight and Alpaca Pure. Each one came with its own special properties: Worsted Twist's classic heartiness, Line Weight's soft elegance and Alpaca Pure's decandence, these incredible yarns could only turn into incredible projects! Remember these?

Top Row (above): Brioche Scarf, Long Lovely Mittens and Brioche Vest

Second Row: The Purl Soho Reversible Hat, The Purl Soho Cardigan Coat + Vest and Color Tipped Scarves

Third Row: Structured Alpaca Cowl, Woven Plaid Scarf and Purl Soho Basic Hats for Everyone

Bottom Row: Hat and Hand Warmers for Beginners, Crocheted Rib Cowl and The Purl Soho Pullover

Did we forget anything? Let us know if we missed your favorites! May 2014 bring a whole new list and happy New Year!

Sunday
Dec012013

Purl Soho Kits, Share the Love!

If you're reading this, you probably know the love of crafting: the flash of inspiration, the all-consuming obsession, the sweet satisfaction. What if you could package this particular joy? What if you could give a creative spark to the people you care about most? That would indeed be the Christmas spirit!

Purl Soho Kits are the perfect vehicle for crafting bliss: superb materials and wonderfully explicit instructions, packaged in a sturdy, reusable cardboard tube. For knitters, sewists, embroiderers and needlepointers; for beginners and old pros; for men, women and children, our kits are just right for giving! All six are pictured above. They are...

Top Row: Advent Calendar Kit and Smocked Dress and Shirt Kit

Middle Row: Learn to Knit and 4 Seasons of Embroidery

Bottom Row: Needlepoint Houses Kit and Hat and Hand Warmers for Beginners

Knits and purls, chain stitches and slip knots, merino and linen, what a merry Christmas! Share the love!

Thursday
Nov142013

Corinne’s Thread: Needlepoint Houses

As a child, I was completely obsessed with the Christmas catalogs that would deluge our house every holiday season. I loved everything in them: the big velvet bows and the sparkling ornaments, the reindeer figurines and the dancing Santas. But mostly, I pined for the little winter villages. I would spend hours poring over the pages of small houses and tiny trees, trying to convince my mom that we just really, really HAD to start our own collection. Every year the answer was the same: No.

Now that I’m grown, I can see where my mother was coming from. A room full of Christmas chotchke does take quite a commitment, but still, I long for an adorable little winter village! So, this year I decided to fulfill my childhood Christmas wish and started a small town of my own.

Unlike the ceramic houses that dazzled me with their sparkling lights and glittering snow, the beauty of these small homes is in their simplicity. Made with hand dyed, 100% merino yarn, they are soft, simple and incredibly inviting.

Construct the whole neighborhood with Purl Soho’s new Needlepoint Houses Kit. Everything you need to make 3 houses (finished dimensions are 2 1/4 by 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches) is included. . . .

  • 100% merino, hand dyed yarn (1 full skein of ecru, and 1 mini skein of gray, rust, dark red and bright red)
  • Plastic mesh canvas, 14 count
  • Needlepoint needle, size 22
  • Sewing needle
  • Cotton thread
  • Full-color instructional booklet, including cutting guide

And what I like best about my little trio of homes is that, without all that holiday hoopla, they can stay on display long after the singing Santas and dancing elves have been put away, making me smile all year long! - Corinne

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