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Sunday
Jun032012

Molly's Sketchbook: The Forty Minute Tote

I love straightforward, well-constructed projects that yield something practical. I know this might sound a bit boring, but the efficiency and elegance of simple design really gets me excited. So it’s no surprise that one of my favorite all time projects (if I do say so myself) is my Twenty Minute Tote. It’s something I go back to again and again, any time I want to highlight a special fabric. I love its streamlined engineering and the fact that it really does only take 20 minutes!

And so, in this same spirit of economic design,  I thought I’d expand the Purl Bee’s family of quick totes with a new roomier bag, the Forty Minute Tote. As useful and everyday as the original, this one has the added features of an inside pocket, a boxed bottom and a linen lining.

The Forty Minute Tote comes together in a quick, clear way, and it features a new favorite fabric, Robert Kaufman’s Cotton Linen Denim. This fabric is a beautiful deep indigo blue reminiscent of your favorite pair of jeans, but with a slouchy drape perfect for a bag. I also used our very cute Reversible Webbing for the handles and the soft-but-sturdy Waterford Linen as the lining. And of course, true to its name, it takes only 40 minutes to make. I promise!

ps- The lovely wooden hooks featured in these pictures can be found here: http://www.livewirefarm.com/stores/timber-products/categories/hooks

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Sunday
May062012

Molly's Sketchbook: Summertime Wallet

My favorite summertime haunt as a child was the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a timeworn amusement park about an hour south of San Francisco. It featured a creaky wooden roller coaster (The Giant Dipper!), carnival games, and corn dogs. I loved the relaxed atmosphere and laid back California beach style of the boardwalk. Everyone wore flip flops and puka shell necklaces. Surfers in wetsuits ate ice-cream on the pier, while hawkers sold neon tee-shirts that said “Hang Loose”.

Now that I live in New York the name of the boardwalk may have changed, but I still love going to the beach every chance I get. I relish in the carefree attitude of summertime at the seaside, whichever coast I’m on!

With beach season fast approaching, I wanted to honor this breezy style with a special summer accessory. A canvas wallet seemed like the perfect thing, a simple way to hold some bills and cards in order to pay for all that funnel cake and skee ball! This wallet is durable and quick to make, so you don’t have to be too precious with it or worry about it getting wet. Plus, as a nod to my eco-conscious northern California roots, it’s made from 100% organic Cotton Duck, which comes in a rainbow of pretty colors. --Molly

ps- These would make a great gift for dads and grads!

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Thursday
Mar222012

Super Simple Felt Easter Basket

It is a tradition in our family that every Easter I make my daughter, Coco, a special holiday gift.  From the stuffed bunny of her infancy to the still beloved Bag of Beans from a few years ago, the challenge for me lies not only in coming up with something different year after year, but also in making her something fun and cheerful without stepping over the line into saccharin. 

While I admittedly have a reputation for getting more excited than the average person about things made entirely in shades of ecru, I do get equally excited about bright pops of color accenting these neutral fields.  And so it's no surprise, to me at least, that I decided to make this super simple Easter Basket out of creamy white 100% Wool Felt with a burst of lively stitching around its rim.

I was amazed at how beautifully the thick 5mm Felt stitched together.  So soft and pliable, I felt like I was shaping a clay vessel.   And even the finished basket looks like a ceramic sculpture... until you touch it and feel just how soft it is!

The grass inside is also wool felt and makes the perfect bed for painted eggs.  For these photos, I couldn't resist filling the baskets with subtle Araucana eggs, but I can also happily picture the wee hours of Easter morning when Coco first spots her Felt Easter Basket spilling over with the colorful treats of the day!

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Tuesday
Dec202011

Laura's Loop: Felt Electronics Cases

We are so excited to announce that both of Joelle Hoverson’s Last Minute Knitted Gifts books have become available in ebook form! Additionally the folks behind Joelle's books, Open Road Media and STC Craft Melanie Falick Books, have released a whole library of great crafting books in the e-book format including:

 

Check out Open Road Media's behind-the-scenes interview with Joelle. Hear her insights on the culture and craft of knitting, and get inspired below:

 

In celebration of this e-book excitement we created a whole family of beautiful Felt Tech Cases for every kind of digital reader, notebook computer and phone! These two-toned cases are designed to custom fit the square or rectangular device of your choosing: iPhone, Droid, Kindle, you name it… Made with 100% wool felt, these cases are a breeze to make and joy to use!

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Tuesday
Dec202011

Last Minute Knitted Gifts Goes Digital!

We are so excited to announce that both of Joelle Hoverson’s Last Minute Knitted Gifts books have become available in ebook form! In celebration, the folks behind the ebooks, STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books and Open Road Media, are giving away a brand new Kindle Fire to one of our lucky readers! 

Who are these generous people? STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books is the publisher behind a gorgeous collection of inspiring and visually stunning craft books, specializing in all of our favorite things: knitting, crocheting, sewing, and quilting! Follow them on Twitter and Facebook!

Open Road Integrated Media is a multimedia digital publisher whose goal is to connect authors to their audiences through intimate video interviews and interactive social media. Just like this behind-the-scenes interview with Joelle. Hear her insights into the culture and craft of knitting, and get inspired! Open Road Media is also on Twitter and Facebook. Learn more!

 

The Kindle Fire we're giving away will come fully loaded with ebook versions of eight of STC’s most popular knitting books, including: 

Don't despair if you're not the fortunate recipient of this Kindle, because all of these books are available to everyone from Amazon.com, Apple iBookstore, Barnesandnoble.com, Google eBookstore/IndieBound, Kobo Books, OverDrive, and Sony Reader Store. Download them to your own Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Droid, or whatever your electronic device of choice!

To enter this exciting giveaway, please comment on this post before noon Eastern Standard Time on December 22nd, 2011. Tell us your favorite two color combination of our 100% wool felt (you can see our entire selection here), and we will pick a winner at random later that day. Make sure to include a working email address in the email field of the comments form so we can get in touch with you if you're chosen. (Your address will not be published.)

OK, one more thing! All of this Kindle excitement got us thinking... and creating! The result is a whole family of beautiful Felt Tech Cases. These two-toned Cases are designed to custom fit the square or rectangular device of your choosing: iPhone, Droid, Kindle, you name it… Made with 100% wool felt, these cases are a breeze to make and joy to use! To make your own please check out Laura's Felt Electronics Cases here!

 A huge thank you to both STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books and Open Road Media for making this incredible giveaway possible. Don't forget to enter below and good luck and happy holidays!

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