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New Book! Lena Corwin's Made by Hand

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

Lena used: 1 yard of muslin (for test printing) and 4 yards of light or medium weight cotton

Try: Purl Soho's Collection of Solids

Knitted Socks with Jenny Gordy

 Jenny used: 2 skeins of Koigu’s Koigu Premium Merino and 1 skein of Anzula’s Squishy for the contrast yarn

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

Try: Liberty of London’s Tana Lawn Classic or Seasonal prints along with Kokka's Fine Solids 

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

Try: Liberty of London’s Tana Lawn Classic or Seasonal prints along with Robert Kaufman’s Brussels Washer or Rowan’s Shot Cotton 

Knitted Cat Toys with Emily Eibel and Ilana Kohn

Emily and Ilana used: 1 skein of Madelinetosh's Tosh Merino DK and 1 skein of Koigu’s Koigu Premium Merino

Freeform Knit Throw with Erin Weckerle

Erin used: 12 to 18 skeins of worsted weight yarn in a variety of colors

Try: Purl Soho’s Worsted Twist or search our entire collection of worsted weight yarns here

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

Try: our Shop by Color function! Or how about our red Spectrum Bundle? And for green felts, click right here!

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!


Denyse Schmidt's Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration, Our New Favorite!

Denyse Schmidt never ceases to inspire us! A long-time friend of Purl Soho's, we love Denyse for her fresh, innovative designs and her unique approach to quilting. And so, we are very excited to announce her latest book, the simply breathtaking Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration. Delving back to the traditional styles that first sparked her passion for quilting, Denyse gives these twenty quilt patterns a modern spin with bold, beautiful fabric choices. 

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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, Apple iBookstore,, 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!