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Saturday
May292010

Molly's Sketchbook: Ribbon Embroidery Pillow Cases

I have always loved ribbon embroidery, I love it's texture and vintage feeling. As many of you know, we just moved our stores into a bigger space in New York and one of the perks is that we get to carry some items we never had room for before. When I saw that we were now carrying little packets of silk ribbon for embroidery I knew I wanted to try it out so I took a handful of beautiful colors home for some research. It turns out that ribbon embroidery is very similar to regular embroidery, which I absolutely love, so it wasn't  long before I was hooked!

Armed with my new skill, I wanted to make something pretty that could show off what makes ribbon embroidery so special. I decided on pillow cases because they are such a fun and easy warm weather project and a perfect blank canvas. I used a solid white in the  silky smooth Organic Cotton by Cloud 9 Fabrics for the pillowcases. This fabric feels so amazing, like the sheets at a really fancy hotel! I embroidered a simple little bunch of flowers in cheery colors and then sewed the pillow cases with a deep hem.I love the results! This is one of those projects I'm going to be making over and over again, it's practical, easy to sew, and beautiful!  --Molly

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Sunday
May232010

Anzula 'Squishy' Log Cabin Baby Blanket

This July my sister, Jen, is having a baby girl! It goes without saying that I will be making this baby girl lots of handmade gifts, this Log Cabin Baby Blanket in Anzula's Squishy is the first.  I don't know what element of making this blanket was my favorite part; was it working with the gorgeous, super soft (and washable!) yarn, or was it watching the lovely hand-dyed colors come together, or perhaps it was the super easy construction of the whimsical log cabin shapes?  In any case, I enjoyed making this blanket immensely, and I hope my brand new niece enjoys it just as much! 

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Saturday
May222010

Molly's Sketchbook: Hooded Baby Towel and Washcloth Set

This project is relatively quick and very simple to sew. I think it would make a perfect gift for your next baby shower!

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Sunday
May162010

Whit's Knits: Toddler Overalls

Can you think about overalls without thinking about Huck Finn? I can't. In order to honor Huck's supremely kicked back attitude, I used Louet's Euroflax Linen to make these overalls. The yarn is rustic and unfussy and, most importantly, it's rugged enough to handle a raft ride down a river. Like an old pair of jeans, this linen gets softer and softer the more you wash and wear it.

These overalls are designed to last a long time with a loose and easy fit. They don't bind, scratch, squeeze, rub or do any of the things that toddlers can't stand. Bear seems to have a new swagger when he's wearing them - I swear!

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Friday
May142010

Molly's Sketchbook: Luxury Liberty Scarves

These Liberty of London, Tana Lawn scarves were inspired by a beautiful scarf Purl Soho's manager Nikki made for her mother. As you probably already know our love for Liberty is boundless! One of the most common things we hear from customers when they feel it is, "Is this silk?". They simply can't believe it's 100% cotton (but it is!) It has such a smooth feel and beautiful drape. It also comes in the most inspiring and incredible prints and I thought a large square scarf would be just the thing to show it off.  (By the way, if you love it as much as we do you'll be very pleased to learn that we were recently able to lower our price on this gorgeous fabric a bit since we are now getting it directly from Liberty in London!)

I chose two complimentary prints for each scarf and finished them with a simple double fold binding. It didn't take very long and the results are spectacular! I can't wait to pull one out of my bag next time I feel a chill. --Molly

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