Lena Corwin's new book, Made by Hand, is as brilliant as it is beautiful! Made By Hand includes an incredible collection of projects, ranging from printed and dyed textiles to knit toys; from fabric origami to soap making; from sewn garments to weaving, and much more. We are excited to have a handful of these projects on display at Purl Soho right now!
Lena is known for celebrating beauty and craftsmanship through collaborations with an impassioned community of creators. Here, she has brought together an enormously talented group of crafters: Cal Patch, Jenny Gordy, Shabd Simon-Alexander, Jennifer Sarkilahti, Liane Tyrrel, Caitlin Mociun, Wendy Hanson, Jaime Rugh, Ilana Kohn, Emily Eibel, Sian Keegan and Erin Considine, with stunning photography by Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes.
These simple and effective projects are inspired by the classes Lena has held in her studio… classes Lena taught or curated or found herself wanting to take. Each project includes a materials list and step-by-step instructions, plus in-progress photographs which make you feel like Lena's right next to you.
Purl Soho is honored and delighted to have contributed to the making of this fantastic book with the donation of some of Lena's beautiful materials. Below are some images of projects from Lena’s book, as well as the materials you can find at Purl Soho to make your own versions!
Rotary-Printed Cloth Napkins with Lena Corwin
Try: Purl Soho's Collection of Solids
Knitted Socks with Jenny Gordy
Sewn Children’s Tops and Bottoms with Wendy Hanson
Wendy used for the Bottoms: 3/4 yard of 45-inch wide fabric (for Pants), 1/2 yard of 45-inch wide fabric (for Bloomers), 21 inches of 1/2-inch wide soft stretch elastic, 17 inches of 1/2-inch wide soft stretch elastic
Wendy used for the Tops: ½ yard of 45-inch wide fabric, 3/4 yard of 45-inch wide fabric, 11 inches of 1/8-inch soft stretch elastic
Woven Placemats with Jamie Rugh
Jamie used: ¾ yard of quilting-weight cotton fabric per placemat for the warp and 1 yard quilting-weight cotton fabric per placemat for the weft
Knitted Cat Toys with Emily Eibel and Ilana Kohn
Freeform Knit Throw with Erin Weckerle
Erin used: 12 to 18 skeins of worsted weight yarn in a variety of colors
Sewn and Stuffed Toys with Sian Keegan
Sian used: 1/4 yard of 4 quilting-weight cotton fabrics, in shades of dark red, red, pink and cream and 1/4 yard of green felt in different prints
Woven Camera Strap with Erin Considine
Erin used: 3 skeins of sportweight linen yarn in colors of your choice
Try: Louet’s Euroflax
To get a copy of Made By Hand, just click here. To read more about it, visit the book’s site here. Also, check out some behind-the-scenes videos here. And don’t forget to swing by our shop at 459 Broome Street in the Soho district of New York City to see some of these treasures in person!
PS: For Lena Corwin's other book, Printed by Hand, click here... and for more books from the publishers Steward Tabori + Chang, including Purl Soho's very own Joelle Hoverson's three books, click here!