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Tuesday
Apr162013

Brooklyn Tweed Trunk Show at Purl Soho!

Tilda Cardigan by Yoko Hatta

Purl Soho has always been honored to be one of Brooklyn Tweed's flagship locations, and now we are so excited to host the latest Brooklyn Tweed Trunk Show! We invite you to come experience this season's beautiful hand knits in person; admire the gorgeous colors and thoughtful details; even try on your favorite pieces! You'll also find all the coordinating Brooklyn Tweed patterns and yarns so you can cast on right away!

When: Brooklyn Tweed's original hand knits will be on view at Purl Soho from Saturday, April 20th through Sunday, April 28th. Come visit!

Kindling Shawl by Leila Raabe 

Inglenook Socks by Adrian Bizilia

Dresden Vest by Kirsten Johnstone 

We'll have pieces from two of Brooklyn Tweed's recent collections: Wool People 4, which features patterns by guest designers from around the world; and BT FALL 12, which is created by Brooklyn Tweed's fabulous in-house team. Both collections evoke a traditional rural ruggedness in the context of modern urban design. And both make use of Brooklyn Tweed's gorgeous wools: its worsted weight Shelter and its fingering weight Loft.

Wellwood Henley by Michele Wang

Forge Watch Cap by Jared Flood

Breton Shirt by Jared Flood

Conceived and developed by Brooklyn Tweed's founder, Jared Flood, both Shelter and Loft are 100% homegrown. Made with Wyoming-grown wool from Targhee-Columbia sheep, the yarns are spun and dyed in Harrisville, New Hampshire, a centuries-old mill town with a deep history. The result is traditional woolen yarns that are tweedy and vigorous, rich and evocative. Perfect for classic hand knits!

Stop by our Soho shop the week of April 20th - April 28th and revel in the tangles of cables, the playfulness of colorwork and the beauty of mindful design! We can't wait to see you!

Tuesday
Mar052013

Join us at Brooklyn Craft Camp!

Join us on Saturday, March 16th for Brooklyn Craft Camp!

Brooklyn Craft Camp is the brainchild of Brett Bara, host of television series Knit & Crochet Now, regular contributor to Design Sponge, and creator of popular lifestyle blog Manhattan Craft Room. Brett dreamed of an event where she'd combine her love of modern crafting with the creative spirit of the Brooklyn community. Add some delicious food, good friends, music and cocktails, and you get the perfect day!

Kick off your morning with donuts from Greenpoint's own Peter Pan Bakery, and then delve into the first two classes of the day. You choose! Learn how to crochet, fashion some stylish painted wooden bead necklaces, fold your own crepe paper flowers, master the art of embroidery, create papercut cards, learn how to knit, build a terrarium, or carve stamps in the printmaking class!

Next you'll head over to a scrumptious locally-sourced lunch which Purl Soho is very proud to help sponsor! Enjoy a gourmet bento-box created by local independent chef Lisa Leonard-Lee. Fill up on tasty brioche sandwiches, fennel, saffron and potato soup, pickled baby vegetables, gorgeous salads, and finish with some yummy candied ginger shortbread. Check out the full menu right here!  During the lunch break you'll hear from Jay McCarroll, winner of Project Runway Season 1, who will regale you with tales of his Runway adventures. He'll also share his love of crafts and handmade goods and how they inspire his current fashions!

After you've had your fill of tasty fare, explore Camp's quickie craft booths, including a DIY Nail Art stand, the Craft-A-Day bar, and Purl Soho's Pom Pom Making Station! Join us for some seriously colorful and instantly gratifying fun! We'll show you how to whip up multicolor pom poms to embellish your knits, your gifts, or even yourself.

And the crafting extravaganza continues with two more 90-minute classes taught by New York's best authors, bloggers and designers, including terrarium designer Gönül Yetim. Then, gather up your newly completed projects and head over to cocktail hour where you can sip a signature Brooklyn Craft Camp cocktail and snap pictures with your new friends in the Camp photobooth

Wrap up your mini DIY vacation with Brooklyn Craft Camp Goodie Bags filled to the brim with craft supplies, magazines and more!  All attendees will also receive a Purl Soho Goodie Bag which includes a skein of Purl Soho's sumptuous Super Soft Merino, our exclusive Embroidery Needles stored in a pretty wooden case, and a class schedule so you can keep on crafting even after Camp has ended! All of this comes inside our Purl Soho Zip Bag from Baggu. Lightweight and sturdy, it is the perfect bag for on-the-go craft projects!

Brooklyn Craft Camp taps into the incredible creative energy of the Brooklyn craft community and brings it together with the thrill of learning new skills and meeting new friends. This is definitely one crafty camp you don't want to miss!! 

Register here for the Brooklyn Craft Camp! See you on Saturday, March 16th! We're so excited!

Thursday
Feb282013

Goodbye Winter Sale at purlsoho.com!

With just a few weeks left of winter, it feels like time to celebrate! That's why our Goodbye Winter Sale starts now! As we make room for new spring goodies, our website says farewell to some of last year's beloved products, including beautiful cashmere, merino and silk yarns, tons of amazing fabrics from our very favorite companies, gorgeous hand painted needlepoint canvases, loads of books and more!

 

Yarn

Some very special yarns are now on sale, including select colors of Jade Sapphire's unparalleled Mongolian Cashmere! From featherlight 2 Ply to decadant 12 Ply, Jade Sapphire makes our very favorite cashmere with incredible softness and beautiful hand dyed color. For inspiration, check out all of the Purl Bee's Jade Sapphire projects right here, including our super popular Cashmere Bandana Cowl!

Also on sale, don't miss Knit Collage's distinctively quirky Candy Cane and Pixie Dust Mini; Alchemy's stunning Silken Twine and Tweedy; Cascade's pure and rustic Eco Alpaca and Eco Highland Duo; and Habu's lush Thick and Thin. Plus, prepare for a rainy spring day with a few skeins of customer favorite, Koigu's Kersti Multis!

View all of our sale yarns right here!

 

Fabric

Our legendary yard sale is also on! Available by the yard only, choose from hundreds of Quilting Cottons, Japanese, and Organic fabrics. You'll find beautiful fabrics from all of our very favorite companies, like Kokka, Freespirit and Birch.

Other fabulous collections are also on yard sale: laminated cottons from Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Robert Kaufman and Kobayashi, La Femme quilting cottons from Robert Kaufman, Dutch Chintz from the Dutch Chintz Company, Bahia Upholstery from Alexander Henry and the very popular Bloomsbury Garden Lifestyle collection from Liberty of London. They're all 40% off!

And don't miss our super special Dutch Chintz Fat Quarter Bundles! All 12 fabrics from this historic collection in one place, let your imagination run wild!

View all of our sale fabrics right here.

 

Needlepoint and Embroidery

Purl Soho searches far and wide for unique and beautiful hand painted needlepoint canvases, and now a selection of them are 40% off their regular price. From Birds of a Feather, Unique NZ, Shelly Tribbey and Treglown, there's something special for everyone. We're especially excited that Needlepoint Belt Canvases from Smathers & Branson and Voila! are now all on sale!

And stitchers will love that we have over a dozen embroidery kits on sale! Get out your needles for these lovely images of trees and flowers and birds, or freeform your way around Prints Charming's Floral Sampler.  Got your own idea? Sajou's elegant Lin A Broder Embroidery Linens and Cross Stitch Albums may be invaluable to your plans! Get stitching!

 

Tools and Notions

Crafters of every ilk will find a sale tool or notion to add to their baskets! Knitters, browse all of our beautiful knitting needles now on sale! For a special treat, grab a set of Lantern Moon's beautiful ebony Double Pointed or Straight Knitting Needles; choose Bag Smith's Big Stitch Straights or Double Points for your most jumbo jobs; and for everyday, don't miss Bryspun's high quality flexible plastic Straight Knitting Needles. And crocheters, check out all of the crochet hooks on sale: Big Stitch Tunisian Hooks, plus a wide variety from Susan Bates.

Plus, trims and ribbons, glass buttons from Moving Mud, needles and pins from Sajou and John James, scissors from Mundial and Clover, stock up on the essentials!

 

Books, Gifts and More!

Fill your shelves with inspiration! From crocheted toys and cross stitch albums to knitting history and couture sewing, books on every needlework subject are on sale. Plus, issues of Interweave and Quilts Japan magazines are sure to get the creative gears turning.

And finally, many specially crafted gifts are now 40% off. Children's games and decorations from Petit Collage, screenprinted textiles from Skinny Laminx and Anna Joyce, special holiday tea from Bellocq and iPad and Laptop Cases from Baggu are all on sale!

 

Wish you could see our Goodbye Winter Sale all in one place? Just click here! Who knew winter's end could turn up so many treasures? Enjoy!

Saturday
Nov102012

You're Invited! Stitched Gifts Book Launch Party at Purl Soho

We are so pleased to announce the release of Jessica Marquez's very first book, Stitched Gifts!

I was first introduced to Jessica's work through her online store, Miniature Rhino, and was awed by the unique and thoughtful gifts that filled her virtual shelves. Each immaculate stitch is created with such a modern hand, that the graphic punchiness of, say, initials encircled in a chain stitched heart, goes, well... straight to my heart! 

Stitched Gifts is filled with inspiring projects and ideas that put you on the path to creating your own memorable presents and personalized treasures.  As Jessica says, this book "was born out my love for creating...heirlooms that will hopefully be passed down through the generations. I wanted to share this with everyone!" Jessica also shares a whole bunch of know-how, including a photo illustrated stitch guide, a materials guide, guidance on framing and backing your finished pieces, and tons of other tips and tricks!

Jessica teaches some amazing embroidery classes at Purl Soho, like Stitch Dictionary or Custom Monogram, but her book is a close second to Jessica sitting by your side.  Stitched Gifts is so approachable and comprehensive that you'll feel in very good hands as you embark on your stitching adventure! 

If you're in the New York area, please come celebrate the launch of this wonderful book with us! Get an up close and personal look at Jessica's beautiful original embroideries; enjoy a conversation about the finer points of stitching; and view a demonstration of key embroidery techniques with Jessica Marquez!

What: Stitched Gifts Book Launch Party

When: Saturday, November 17th from 6-7:30pm

Where: Purl Soho, 459 Broome Street (Between Greene & Mercer)

Purchase a book (or anything else!) on the night of the event, and receive a DIY Snowflake Ornament Kit (shown below) that Jessica has created just for the party! 

Can't make it to the festivities?  You can order your own copy of Stitched Gifts right here! And Purl Soho also carries Miniature Rhino's adorable Constellation Embroidery Kits! They make great presents!

Otherwise, we hope to see you at 6pm on Saturday, November 17th at Purl Soho! -Laila

Wednesday
Oct102012

STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books Fall Giveaway!

Ah, October! Time to cozy up with a great craft book and learn something new! This season's books from STC Craft| Melanie Falick are just the thing to scratch that creative itch! We’re especially excited about Heather Ross Prints, the new offering from creative powerhouse, Heather Ross.

Prints is an empowering resource, walking you through the fascinating steps of creating your own digital textile designs. Heather uses her trademark humor and whimsical sense of style to thoroughly explain the process of using Photoshop to design unique prints. She also includes easy-to-follow instructions for twenty awesome projects, from custom wallpaper, to notebooks, to nightgowns! Plus, the book comes with a DVD (for both Macs and PCs) which contains the artwork to reproduce 50 of Heather’s most beloved prints on your own. Heather is a great teacher with a real gift for demystifying sophisticated projects, making them approachable and fun!

STC's other exciting titles this autumn include Kaffe Fasset Dreaming in Color, a behind-the-scenes autobiography of the beloved knitwear and textile designer, and Gertie’s New Book For Better Sewing, a fabulous reference book for garment sewing packed with lessons on couture techniques and customization. You'll love the vintage fashion and Gertie's spirited, modern style!  

In celebration of this inspiring line-up of new books STC is generously giving away a library of fall releases to one very lucky Purl Bee reader! To enter simply leave a comment on this post telling us what you would make with your own digital textile design. Leave your comment by 5pm estFridayOctober 12th 2012. Be sure to enter your email address in the email field on the comment submission form so we can contact you if you win. (Don't worry; we never publish or share email addresses!) The winner will be chosen at random to receive Heather Ross Prints, Kaffe Fassett Dreaming in Color, Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, Comfort Knitting & Crochet Babies & Toddlers, and Knitting from the Center!

Thanks so much to STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books for this great giveaway and good luck!