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Thursday
Dec082011

Whit's Knits: Felted Bell Ornaments

Bells are one of my very favorite holiday motifs. I love the tinkle-plinkle of their happy sound and the gentle curve of their friendly shape. And I love that, whatever your culture or faith, bells harken people together with a suggestion of peace and goodwill.

These Felted Bell Ornaments are such a simple way to celebrate the season, lending a handmade warmth and a soft touch. Hang some on your Christmas tree or on a pretty winter branch, string a bunch together in a beautiful garland, or give a few in a specially wrapped package to friends and family. Wherever their destination, these bells will strike just the right note!

Just a beautiful assortment of Blue Sky yarns, a handful of Handbehg Felt Balls and some DMC Metallic Embroidery Floss, and you're set! Happy holidays! - Whitney

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Molly's Sketchbook: Felt Baby Shoes

I think it’s lovely to welcome a little one into the world surrounded by thoughtful handmade gifts, and these itty-bitty boots are just the ticket for such a reception. Brimming over with the “awww” factor, everyone who sees these Felt Baby Shoes wants to pick them up and coo, almost as if they contained a chubby little baby foot already! 

Sometimes when I get on a roll with a fun and easy project like this, it’s hard to stop. In this case, I ended up with a pile of eight pairs of shoes, all from one Purl Soho Wool Felt Bundle! Our gorgeous Autumn Bundle covers a beautiful spectrum of warm earth tones, just right for boys or girls. And a bright red, hand-embroidered edge finishes the color story with a zing, while adding a sweet handmade, rustic charm.

I love the idea of sewing up a big bunch of booties to have on hand for baby showers and welcome-to-the-world gifts. A pair would also look so cute peeking out of a baby’s Christmas stocking!

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Sunday
Dec042011

Sweet Stitching with Erin: Cross-Stitch Ornaments

It happens every year, the morning after Thanksgiving I wake up with an undeniable urge to start Christmas crafting. Usually this urge culminates with me buried under my fabric and yarn stashes with no idea where to start thankfully this year is different. For the first time my husband and I will have our very own Christmas tree and I thought we should have some beautiful, hand-made ornaments to mark the occasion!

I know these ornaments will grace my tree for years to come so I want them to be special without being too time consuming! Cross-stitch is such a lovely, detailed craft that strikes just the right note for a keepsake like these ornaments. To keep them from seeming old-fashioned or stuffy, I chose a clean graphic font from DMC's Cross-Stitch Library, and the fun message "Cheers"! I'm also planning on making individual initials to serve as gift tags this year!

I used Moda's gorgeous Prairie Cloth for the front of my ornaments; not only does it have an intriguingly rustic quality, it's heavy weave also allows it to be cross-stitched. In the interest of timelessness, I chose to keep my ornaments neutral and classic, with a cheery pop of orangey-red to keep things fun! 

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Sunday
Nov272011

Molly's Sketchbook: Felted Wool Wrist Warmers

Year after year as the weather turns cold, knitted and crocheted hand warmers start popping up all over the city and on the Purl Bee. After years of feeling a little left out, I decided that it was time for us sewists to get in on the action, and so these soft and cozy Felted Wool Wrist Warmers were born!

Mary Flanagan Felted Wool is the ideal fabric for gorgeous winter accessories. It’s lovely, rustic, and oh-so-warm. In addition to this soft oatmeal color, it comes in a glorious hand-dyed rainbow of colors, from bright turquoise to deep pumpkin orange. For a festive holiday touch, I also used brightly colored cotton embroidery floss accented by a shimmer of metallic thread

These are beyond quick to sew, making them an even more last-minute holiday gift than the more traditional knitted and crocheted versions (score one for the sewists!). In fact, if you skipped the embroidery you could make a pair in under 20 minutes. Even with the embroidery you’ll clock in under an hour!  These Wrist Warmers are beautiful worn on their own, or wear them over gloves for an extra layer of warmth and style.

Happy Holiday Sewing!-- Molly

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Thursday
Nov172011

Laura's Loop: Felt Star Pendant and Tree Topper

Twinkling lights on park trees and glass balls hung in shop windows,  little by little it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in New York City! I know some people can be a bit Grinch-y about the commercialism of the holiday season, but it’s hard to resist the special feeling of Christmas in the city. It’s contagious!

Inspired by this burgeoning holiday cheer, we’re starting to feather our holiday nests with these lovely felt ornaments. Laura designed an elegant 3-dimensional Felt Star that will look equally beautiful hung from a doorway or perched atop a tree. And Molly designed a set of graceful Felt Snow Ball Ornaments that will add a playful Christmas feeling to your tree or mantle.

Felt is our favorite ornament-making material because it’s soft, natural, and so easy. Ecru is especially lovely because it’s peaceful, classic, and reminiscent of a fresh blanket of snow.  And to add a little holiday sparkle we accented our ornaments with the beautiful new DMC metallic thread.

ps. The how-to’s for Molly's Snow Ball Ornaments are right here. And Merry Christmas!

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