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Thursday
Jan312013

Molly's Sketchbook: Anemone Magnets

I feel like the anemone flower is having a moment. Everywhere I go I am seeing their whimsical petals and moody color palette. Anemones seem to fall somewhere in between a poppy and rose which, as far as I’m concerned, is a good place to be! So for Valentine’s Day this year I looked past the classic rose to this more unexpected flower and designed these super pretty Anemone Magnets.

From inky navy blue to vibrant neon pink, our gorgeous new Anemone Felt Bundle evokes the drama and beauty of its eponymous flower. We love Wollfilz’s Felt for special little projects like this because its colors are spectacular and because its hem-free nature is perfect for easy hand sewing. 

These Anemone Magnets are so quick and fun to make that before you know it, you’ll have a whole bouquet! Give them this Valentine’s Day as sweet tokens of love and appreciation. Or help an older child who is learning to sew whip up a set for the whole class! -Molly

PS- For more Valentine’s Day projects please check our holiday sewing gallery here!

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Friday
Dec212012

Molly's Sketchbook: Confetti New Years Garland

The countdown to 2013 has begun! I’m celebrating by transforming our new Confetti Felt Bundle into a festive New Year’s Garland inspired by… confetti! Just like the real stuff, this pretty garland supplies a joyful and surprising burst of color, minus the mess. During a time of year that can be dark and dreary, this cheerful string is definitely an uplifting addition to the house!

This project is quick, easy, and fun to make. Just slice the felt into strips, cut the strips into small rectangles and squares and then chain piece them together with a neon shock of thread. It’s so satisfying to see a long garland come together in a matter of minutes!  With just one felt bundle you can make an incredibly long string, and because it’s made of 100% wool felt, your garland is sure to enliven many New Year’s parties to come! -Molly

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Tuesday
Nov272012

A Trio of Felt Ornaments

With twinkly lights festooning the avenues, elaborately fanciful window displays, and heavenly smelling Christmas tree vendors on every other corner, it’s easy to get into the holiday spirit in New York City. At Purl Soho, too, we are bustling with energy and good cheer! And we can’t think of a better way to kick off this very special season than with some totally simple, bright and blithe holiday ornaments! 

Since they don’t serve any practical purpose, ornaments get to be a pure expression of creativity. They just have to be fun and whimsical, and this trio of felt baubles certainly fits the bill. We used our vibrant new Confetti Bundle of 100% wool felt, so while they may only take minutes to sew, these Felt Holiday Ornaments will be treasured favorites year after year!

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Wednesday
Jul112012

Amy Gropp Forbes of Eclectic Mom: Woven Felt Pillow

Meet Amy Gropp Forbes, one of our dearest friends and author of the delightful blog Eclectic Mom.  We are thrilled to announce that Amy will be sharing a handful of her many talents and skills with us this summer on The Purl Bee!  For everything else she does, including being an amazing mom, chef, photographer, graphic designer, knitter, crafter, sewist and more, you must visit her beautiful blog Eclectic Mom.  Check out her first guest post below!

I was delighted when Joelle and Page asked me to do a guest blog post for the Purl Bee. Every time I visit their shop, Purl Soho, I am drawn immediately to the beautiful wool felt so it was natural that I went there first for my inspiration. Not only are the colors beautiful, but it is a fantastic material to work with. Sewing is so much easier and less time consuming when you don't have to worry about finishing every edge and seam! 

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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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