purl is an adorable shop – in, as the url suggests, soho – with gorgeous fabrics, wonderful classes and a first rate blog!  two recently posted tutorials have really sparked my interest; i can’t wait to make and share them with you

the first project is inspired by traditional hawaiian quilts.  the part of me that loves tessellations, repeated patterns and even numbers has certainly been drawn to this kaleidoscope-like aesthetic.  as i’ve said a thousand times, mixing an age old technique with a modern twist is where the magic lives — and in this case, enlarging the pattern to fit a floor pillow breathes new air into an outdated design.  plus, purl’s vibrant + w-i-d-e wool felt by the yard gives the pillows pictured some added pizzaz (yep pizzaz)

second crafty-maky thing (only technical terms here) : the dopp kit.  when my college boyfriend referred to his toiletry bag as a *dopp kit* i thought it was part of his creative speak (he brought ‘geri’ into my life and i’m still using it)  turns out, this one has a wikipedia page and other people use the term too.  generally, i shy away from zippers.  i think, thanks to the dopp kit, it’s time to conquer my irrational fear, find a sweet fabric + make the zipper my friend.

aw, cute handle! (remember when screen names were referred to as handles by middle-aged poeple? stupid.) if you have any experience with zippers, felt, or purl – let me know, sharing = caring.