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Molly's Sketchbook: Liberty of London,Tana Lawn PJ's

Recently we got in a bunch of new Liberty of London Tana Lawn prints and they're simply breathtaking. Liberty's Tana Lawn is known for its exquisitely detailed printing, its incredible color and its silky smoothness that makes it drape like a dream. The print I've used here is called Mitsi

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Interview with Anna Maria Horner about her new book, Handmade Beginnings

Anna Maria Horner is a blogger, fabric designer and author whose bright, bold sense of style is fun and inspirational. Her cheerful, bubbly personality shows through in all of her writing and her colorful work. We find her enthusiasm and energy totally contagious.

In addition to all of her professional accomplishments she is also a mother of six beautiful children so it seems fitting that her new book, Handmade Beginnings is all about projects to welcome a new baby into the world (it also includes some lovely ideas for new moms as well). We recently had a chat with Anna Maria about her new book and her ideas on baby sewing which you can read below.

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Whit's Knits: Woven Flower Necklace

I recently spent some time experimenting with Purl's newest craft accessory, the Hana Ami Flower Loom, and the result is this charming chain of flowers. It was a real joy to make, combining simple weaving techniques with some basic needlework. I love these flowers with their quirky little personalities and bright dispositions. They really bring a smile!

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Molly's Sketchbook: Felt Button Slippers

We have been talking about making slippers from this thick felt for a little while since it's thick enough to be used as a sole. Page and I were discussing slipper shapes and ways to put them together when it struck us that we could make each slipper out of a single piece of felt with almost no sewing required. We decided to add on a bright felt button for a fun bit of color and voila, these slippers were born! I am a huge fan projects like this, a clear simple idea that comes together in a flash so I'm really excited to share these. --Molly

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Whit's Knits: Fruity Trivets and Pot Holders

Late last summer we had dinner with our friend Mrs. Halby on her porch. She paraded many delicious plates of food out to us, among them, a hot baking dish of roasted fingerling potatoes. Of course, I was interested in the potatoes, but I was even more captivated by the adorable pot holder Mrs. Halby had used to transport them. It was a crocheted slice of watermelon that it turns out had been a gift from Mexico. I vowed to make my own version, and finally here it is, just in time for this summer's outdoor dinners.

To make sure these trivets and pot holders actually protect tables and hands, I doubled Blue Sky Alpaca's Worsted Cotton. It comes in so many fun fruity colors that I couldn't stop with just a watermelon and so also made a set of oranges and limes. But why stop there? Now I'm thinking about apples (colors: Ladybug, Bone and Toffee), kiwis (Lemongrass, Stone and Graphite), and grapefruits (Lotus, Cumin and Bone). I'll always have a great gift on hand for housewarmings, birthdays, and thank you's. -Whitney

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