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Friday
Aug292008

Whit's Knits: Coco's Bobble Dress

Updated on September 3, 2008 by Registered Commenterpurl bee

Based on her great-great grandmother's design, Coco's crocheted dress is a tribute to the craftsmanship and creativity of the past. It's amazing to me that the same design that made sense in a small Italian town a hundred years ago still makes sense today! Nothing binding or frilly or old-fashioned; just a classic A-line shape animated by rows of charming bobbles. I think this dress is going to make sense for another hundred years!

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Sunday
Aug172008

Announcing Purl's First Ever Organic Cotton Tote Bag!


We are so pleased to announce the arrival of our first ever tote bag!  Made with 100% organic cotton, our pretty canvas bag is strong, reusable and comfortable to carry, with plenty of room for your knitting or sewing projects, groceries or books. They also make a terrific gift.  We're proud to be doing our part to look after our planet.

Pick up one today!

Saturday
Aug162008

Fabric Beach Balls

These fabric balls are the perfect handmade baby gift, multicolored, soft and round.....what's not to love!  Sewers of all levels will have fun making these toys that will be worthy of passing down from generation to generation.
 Enjoy! --Page

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Tuesday
Aug122008

Whit's Knits: Simple Cotton Bath Mat

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This bath mat couldn't really be easier to knit or more satisfying to complete. You end up with a real life, fully functional bath mat! Pretty cool! It's made out of easy-to-care-for cotton and has a perfect thickness and density to it. It makes me feel like I just snuck into a Ritz Carlton!

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Wednesday
Aug062008

Molly's Sketchbook: Sampler Pillows

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One of my all time favorite craft books is The Constance Howard Book of Stitches. I find it a never ending inspiration. All of the pictures in the book are in black and white but they show the most creative embroidery stitches and opened me up to the idea of two (or more) color embroidery, which is something I'd never really thought of before.

After experimenting with two color embroidery and finding my favorite stitches I wanted a project to show them off. I love my vintage embroidered pillow cases (you can see them in this picture of my Around the Wool Blanket ) so I decided to make a modern version of them on some earthy linen pillow cases. Instead of embroidering something traditional like flowers I just sewed many lines using different stitches. I  like to think of them as embroidery samplers in action!

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If you'd like to learn some of these exciting new stitches check out my Two Color Embroidery Tutorial.

And if you'd like to make some Sampler Pillows using your new stitch skills just keep reading! -Molly

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