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Friday
Nov192010

Molly's Sketchbook: Twisted Felt Garland, Necklace, and Bracelet

The holidays are such a great time to do craft projects. With the weather getting colder and family and friends all around it's the perfect time to settle in and do something creative. The only problem is that with all the parties, cooking, and traveling it's sometimes hard to find the time to indulge in the crafty aspects of the holidays.

This project is the perfect antidote to the holiday time crunch. It's quick and easy and requires very little sewing. Best of all, using one simple technique, you can make a garland for holiday decorations as well as cute necklaces and bracelets for stocking stuffers!

These garlands, necklaces, and bracelets, are made from our gorgeous 100% wool felt. Felt is the perfect material for quick but stunning projects like this because it's so easy to work with and comes in the most vibrant saturated colors. The technique used is super simple, just cutting some evenly spaced cuts along long strips of felt and then pulling the ends through these cuts. It comes together to look so festive and fun, especially in candy cane inspired colors like these. The garland will add a bright, modern, holiday touch to any mantle or tree and I can imagine giving the necklaces and bracelets out as party favors at a holiday party to get all the guests looking festive.

In different colors this same technique could be used for all of the holidays around this time of year, in blues and whites they would make lovely Hanukkah decorations, and in black and white they would be a bold new years statement!

Happy Holidays! --Molly

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Monday
Nov152010

Beautiful Crewel Kits

As you may have learned from our extensive needlework post this summer, we've been bitten by the crewel bug.  Especially our lovely Mari who just finished two of the wonderful Crewel Work Company kits; the Scottish Thistle above and the Jacobean Sampler below.  She thinks crewel may be her new calling and says they are the perfect thing for her as a mother of a newborn because they are quick, portable and totally gratifying work!  As a beginner creweler herself, Mari found these two kits to be ideal for someone just learning to crewel. 

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Thursday
Nov112010

Molly's Sketchbook: Linen and Measuring Tape Twill Dishtowels

These dishtowels are the result of the marraige of two new products that have us ooing and ahhing. We're talking about the stunning hand dyed linens from Weeks Dye Works and the whimsical yet elegant 100% cotton measuring tape trim.  The moment we laid eyes on the linens we knew they would make luxurious dishtowels, perfect for gift giving.   We thought it would be fun to take it one step further and add a trim that was both decorative and functional.  When we placed the measuring tape trim onto the linens we all literally gasped!  It created something that was simultaneously timeless and modern.   Linen is the best material for dishtowels because it's super absorbent and it doesn't leave any lint behind.   Linen is one of the most "humectant" fibers, which is a fancy way of saying it retains and absorbs moisture better than just about anything else.  Because the staple fiber of linen is very long, it is a truly sturdy fiber that makes it the perfect choice for such utilarian objects.

We are in love we these absolutely gorgeous hand dyed linens from Weeks Dye Works. It is made specifically for counted thread embroidery and cross stitch, but its soft hand got us thinking about sewing with it. It comes in the most beautiful range of subtle, tonal colors from creamy ivories to earthy browns.  We created this project to celebrate this linen's beauty and its practicality all at once! Plus, it will be such a treat to see it hanging by the sink every day.

We added a little loop to make it easy to hang with our favorite twill measuring tape trim to add a little whimsy. The finished towels are both practical and beautiful, sophisticated and fun. They'll make a great gift, or you can keep them for yourself!

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Sunday
Nov072010

Whit's Knits: Candy Cane Bedroom Socks

There are a few holiday candies that surpass mere confection and reach the heights of Design Icon. On the list would have to be Halloween candy corn, Easter Peeps, and, of course, Christmas candy canes. Nothing is more distinctive than the twisting red and white stripes of a candy cane. Peppermint is nice, but I think the appeal of a candy cane is much more in its good looks than in its flavor. Clean and classic, but managing also a happy whimsy.

Inspired by the timeless design of the candy cane, I decided to apply its emblematic stripes to a cozy pair of kick-around-the-house socks. The simple Spiral Rib pattern carries the stripes around the socks and the beautiful Manos del Uruguay's Silk Blend in red and white screams, "Candy Cane!".

Manos's Silk Blend has the same extraordinary hand spun, hand dyed loveliness of the classic Manos Handspun that we all know and love, and the Silk Blend has the addition of 30% silk. It's the perfect blend for the holidays, giving off a slight sheen and wrapping your feet in luxurious softness.

These socks are designed for all knitters, whether you've made socks before or not. There are no tricky heels or gussets, just a tube and a toe!

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Sunday
Oct312010

New Purl Soho Kit: Felt Bird Ornaments!

We're very pleased to announce the arrival of our newest Purl Soho Kit, our scandinavian style inspired Felt Bird Ornaments!  Their soft ecru wings and tails open to show a splash of cheerful color, we just love how graphic and festive they are gracing a winter branch.

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