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Thursday
Jun282012

Laura's Loop: Nautical Needlepoint Coasters

Once again summer is here, and my family is planning its annual trip to Maine. We'll all cram into the old riverside home that was once my great grandfather's, a naval man who never did hide his love for the sea. The walls are still covered with regalia from his days on the water, and this maritime-themed hostess gift will definitely fit right in!
These Nautical Needlepoint Coasters go hand in hand with last year's Nautical Flag Napkins. Both take advantage of the amazing graphics and colors of the traditional nautical alphabet. To get the pop of really saturated reds, yellows, and blues I turned to the beautiful hand dyed colors of Koigu's Premium Merino. And for a table-friendly backing, I used Wollfilz Wool Felt, so soft and gentle!
This project is so portable it fits right into the small pocket of a tote bag, so I know I'll be whipping out my needle and yarn a couple more times this summer as I head off to visit friends and family, arriving with the perfect gift in hand! Make just a simple set of two coasters for the bedside or for fun, choose flags that spell something personal. These eight coasters together are the letters of my family's name, F-E-R-G-U-S-O-N!
I look forward to spelling my way through the rest of the letter flags, celebrating summer, the sea and the generosity of this season's hosts and hostesses! You'll find free templates for all 26 letters of the alphabet in my Nautical Needlepoint Coasters Project Journal, along with step-by-step instructions right here! Happy summer seas! -Laura 

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Thursday
Jun072012

Molly's Sketchbook: Ric Rac Napkins

I’m a huge fan of red, white and blue any day of the year, but July 4th is really this palette’s time to shine! The mix of warm red and cool blue is such a striking combination: bold, primary, and unforgettable!

I made these Ric Rac Napkins envisioning a fabulous Fourth of July picnic, complete with lemonade, watermelon and fireworks. I based them on an earlier napkin design, but this time around I figured out an easier construction. The new method makes the whole project a lot quicker and more enjoyable, a great summertime sew!

I used two amazing new Purl Soho Spectrum Bundles in rich reds and vivid turquoise blues along with a creamy ecru Ric Rac Trim. These cheerful combinations and pretty trim make this napkin set seem so old fashioned and sweet, just like grandma’s cherry pie! 

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Friday
Jun012012

Laura's Loop: Receiving Blankets

Call it what you will... binky, boppie, lovey... every baby needs a good old-fashioned security blanket. Regardless of the season, it's so nice to have a little something to snuggle! So for summer, we've whipped up a new lightweight version of our crochet-edged Flannel Receiving Blankets.

Nani Iro's newest line of airy flannels are just right for cozy, warm weather receiving blankets. These whimsical prints also offer a good dose of sophistication, perfect for mom and baby! Edged in Koigu's fingering weight Premium Merino, these cuddly keepsakes can be machine washed time and time again for long-loving use. 
Between Koigu's sharp colors (2229 and 1051 used here!) and Nani Iro's unique patterns, the combinations are endless. For even more options, explore our other flannels here, and for step-by-step instructions, please visit our Flannel Receiving Blankets project journal, right here!  Enjoy!  --Laura
Monday
May282012

Father's Day Liberty Handkerchief Set

We just can't get enough! Molly recently revamped our Rolled Hem Hankies for Mother's Day, and now, compelled by the beauty of Liberty of London's prints, we're sewing some up for dad too! Hankies for everyone! 

Just as Molly was drawn to the old-fashioned grace of a lady with a pretty hankie, it is hard to not smile at the thought of a charming gentleman unfurling his pocket square. And while it might seem of a different era, Laura's father will tell you that the handkerchief still has a place in this modern world of ours. He is never without one! 

Handkerchiefs are perfectly practical and in Liberty fabrics, they pack a punch too. Super sharp in a summer blazer pocket or peaking out of some lightweight trousers, these hankies will snaz up any outfit. 

They are as delightful to make as they are to sport. All you need is our Father's Day Liberty Hankie Bundle, some thread, a needle and our Rolled Hem Hankie instructions!  Enjoy!

ps- For more Liberty of London inspiration check out our Mother's Day Liberty Handkerchief Set here!

Thursday
May242012

Whit's Knits: Crocheted Jewelry Dishes

I love the vitrines at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that are filled with household artifacts from places long ago and far away. Tightly woven mats and perfectly crafted sandals, hammered metal and braided leather, ancient objects still feel alive with the integrity and vitality of their makers.

What sometimes also strikes me is how little our aesthetic values have changed over the thousands of years. Beauty is still a human imperative and careful craftsmanship is still a revered skill. We still respond to simple shapes and beautiful materials, to whimsical embellishments and practical uses.

I thought about this a lot as I crocheted these Jewelry Dishes. I wondered if I were given the opportunity to slip them into a glass case at the Met, would they be so out of place? Or, if I put them on my dresser and filled them with my rings and bracelets, my pieces of sea glass and other curios, would it be that much different than, say, a Pacific Islander from centuries back storing glass trade beads and shell earrings in her own hand crafted vessel? And isn't this connection to the past really, deep down, why we craft?

My trip into antiquity was greatly assisted by the purity and simplicity of Habu's extraordinary fibers. I held two yarns together, Copper Bamboo and Dyed Linen. The bamboo and linen lend an exquisite rusticity to the finished pieces, while throughout, the copper flashes its chestnut sparkle, glowing like a warm ember.

It's not hard to make your own pretty little trays and bowls, just some simple crocheting... like it's always been done! --Whitney

PS Wouldn't these gorgeous brass bracelets be right at home in a museum case? The Maggie Bracelets were designed by our good friend Kerrilynn Pamer and are for sale online right here and at her lovely West Village store, Castor & Pollux!

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