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Sunday
Mar242013

Molly's Sketchbook: Bobby Pin Butterflies

Around this time of the year I start to crave color like I crave chocolate, potato chips, or coffee! It’s supposed to be spring, but outside, it is relentlessly cold, cloudy and gray. So as an offering to the vernal gods, I created these Bobby Pin Butterflies, wearable bursts of color meant to usher in sunnier times!

No creature better manifests pure beauty and color than a butterfly. In fact, a group of butterflies is called a “kaleidoscope”! To bring this particular kaleidoscope to life I used our new Mariposa Felt Bundle. It is everything that spring should be, pretty, cheerful and luminous!

Designed as an adorable hair accessory, these sweeties are also terrific for Easter decorating. Perched around the edge of an Easter basket, on the tips of a forsythia branch, or amidst a beautiful centerpiece, these fluttering little butterflies are a very happy symbol of the season!

And they couldn’t be easier to make. Each butterfly comes together with just one stitch, while black bobby pins effortlessly transform into surprisingly perfect butterfly bodies and antennae!

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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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