New Yarn: Field Linen

June 14, 2017   /   byPurl Bee  / Categories :  Feeds

Fresh, crisp, and natural, linen is one of our very favorite fibers, and so we are thrilled to welcome our first 100% linen yarn to the Purl Soho collection. Field Linen is everything we love about this fiber!

New Yarn: Field Linen | Purl Soho

Made in Japan, Field Linen is loosely spun and minimally processed. It has an untouched beauty that evokes a time when flax was transformed into linen by hand. Its spirit connects us to the needlecrafters who came before us, creating a kinship that makes Field Linen a joy to use.

New Yarn: Field Linen | Purl Soho

Field Linen is a sport or fingering weight, happily knitting from about 6 to 7 1/2 stitches per inch. It creates a fine, durable fabric with the distinctive drape and cool touch of linen. And with almost 300 yards per skein, it is perfect for beautiful three-season wraps and sweaters, as well as absorbent and timeless housewares.

New Yarn: Field Linen | Purl Soho

From Mat Apple to Quail Feather, Field Linen comes in eleven gorgeous colors, all reflecting the northern grasslands where flax grows. Natural Flax, shown above top, is a classic neutral and perhaps speaks “linen” the loudest, in its own quiet way. Silver Thistle, also above top, spins together a pale, pale mint with a very soft lavender for a color that reads cool gray with a whole lot of undercurrent.

New Yarn: Field Linen | Purl Soho

Like Silver Thistle but in different proportions, Prairie Clover is a pretty lavender with a tiny touch of icy green. Its subtleties slowly unfold into an unexpected (and really beautiful) play of tone and color.

New Yarn: Field Linen | Purl Soho

Queen Anne’s Lace is a sun soaked white, evocative of its wildflower namesake, as well as heirloom linens, neat tea towels, and exquisite lacework. A spin of warm ecru with a touch of pale biscuit, it is a beautiful choice for wedding shawls, pretty edge details, and very elegant sweaters.

New Yarn: Field Linen | Purl Soho

Warm red and pale pink together in different ratios, May Apple and Sweet William Pink are totally irresistible. They’re amazing to use together for subtle shifts in color, and, alone, they make a statement that is both fun and strikingly lovely.

New Yarn: Field Linen | Purl Soho

Salt Cedar is a spin of pale gray green and rich red wine. It is rare and wild and gives an incredible illusion of texture. We love Salt Cedar for your most experimental ideas, your flashes of inspiration, and your bursts of creativity!

New Yarn: Field Linen | Purl Soho

Blue Verbena is as cool as linen itself. Turquoise blossoms and tender shoots, it combines the frosty colors of the field. It’s a wonderful choice for garments, both baby and adult!

New Yarn: Field Linen | Purl Soho

Quail Feather and Black Willow, mixtures of inky black and natural flax, these colors are the moody sophisticates of the collection. Serious in nature, they also have an adventurous side, stunning for woven wraps, knit cardigans, and crocheted throws.

New Yarn: Field Linen | Purl Soho

And finally, Wheat Berry, a rosy honey color, warm like the sun, pretty like a summer field. Use it with the free pattern for our Husk Wrap, knit up in brioche stitch. The Husk Wrap perfectly demonstrates the scope of Field Linen, dimensional and lively, elegant and classic. Be sure to browse our entire Field Linen collection here and enjoy its immense beauty!

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Sewing Space Tours… Jade’s Kitsch Haven!

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

Hello! Lexy here, to bring you another lovely Sewing Space, where a crafter show us around their creative area. Today we have a sweet space in South Wales, belonging to a dressmakers who has an enviable 60s style handmade wardrobe – we love seeing her makes on Instagram. Let’s hear more from the lady herself…

Hello! I’m Jade, welcome to my little sewing sanctuary in sunny South Wales. I am relatively new to the realms of dressmaking and have only really been getting to know my way around a sewing machine for the past three years. By day I work in an office-based role in Bristol but by night can be found in my little sewing haven, musing over my next big make.

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

I have always been a creative individual and have enjoyed crafting from a young age. At university I studied Graphic Design, which instilled my admiration of beautiful craftsmanship and contemporary design. There was a time when I believed my love for fashion and textiles would be limited to high street trending ready-to-wear garments. Learning of the wonderful indie sewing makers movement really changed all of this for me and after pouring over many inspirational sewing blogs (including Tilly and the Buttons!), I wanted in! In the beginning I attended a brilliant beginners dressmaking class and learnt basic skills and techniques but soon realised that if I was going to take the next step I’d need to make some room at home to build upon these skills!

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

I started off sewing at home at my kitchen table but soon yearned for a larger space to store all of my dressmaking paraphernalia, which was growing at an alarming rate! Two thirds of my spare bedroom has thus been transformed to home a retro writing desk, some shelving, a storage trolley and a few trinkets to decorate. Overall I’d probably say that my space has a bit of a kitsch vibe about it while still being quite minimalistic. I try not to sprout out too much as the other the other third of the room is occupied by my rather understanding boyfriend who uses his space for his photography hobby, and our pet lizard (‘Lizzy’).

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

Quirky storage boxes and prettily patterned tins are a bit of a weak spot – I love a good storage solution! Not only do I find it quite therapeutic categorising all of my notions, tools, threads, patterns and fabric but I also find it much easier to pick up a project if I know where everything is. Working in the week means that sewing time is precious in the evenings and this is why having a dedicated sewing space is so great, as it saves time having to set things up and pack things away all of the time. I try and sew a few times a week but generally have more time to get stuck into a project over the weekend, usually with a nice cup of tea and some biccies.

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

I am a bit of a planner and like to make a mood board to help me decide how the final garment I am making might look – the idea stage is just as fun as the construction! In addition to our resident gecko I have two gorgeous little helpers who keep me company while making, Henry and Coco the Chihuahuas. Coco is a puppy and can often be seen running around the house having fun with rogue scraps or on occasions a snail (pin-free) pincushion!

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

I’m not much of a fabric hoarder and only really have two main stashes of fabric. Interestingly my stashes mainly comprise of patterned fabrics that I’ve had for a couple of years now before I discovered my fondness for plainer fabrics. I love interesting prints but soon realised that although the pieces I’d bought were really striking, often they wouldn’t be something that I would necessarily wear. Nowadays I tend to gravitate towards plain, bold coloured fabrics and sew them up straight away, so they don’t hang about for long!

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

As you can probably see I don’t have a great deal of space in my sewing area and unfortunately can’t quite squeeze in another desk for my overlocker. For this reason I hacked an Ikea footstool into an overlocking station by attaching a couple of tin trays, a few hooks and a lick of paint which now means that I can sew and overlock with ease – yay!

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

Although I am a fairly new sewist, dressmaking has been in my family for generations. My most treasured possession is my dressmaking scissors given to me by my lovely mum who was a fanatical dressmaker herself! My mum sadly passed a couple of years ago and every time I use these scissors to make a garment it gives me a warming sense of pride and connection.

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

My favourite guilty pleasure of all (even more so than fabric shopping!) is acquiring vintage sewing patterns. My pattern collection comprises of a few commercial patterns, lots of lovely indie patterns (notably Tilly and the Buttons of course) and my beloved, ever growing collection of vintage sewing patterns. Over the past couple of years I have been lucky enough to collect patterns from various decades including the 40s, 50s and 70s but my favourite decade of all has to be the swinging 60s! I love the futuristic undertones in the styling of many of the garments from this period paired with the flamboyant expressions of colour.

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

I think a wonderful thing about vintage sewing patterns is that they all have a story to tell and it is quite remarkable to think that they are still being enjoyed decades after they were first printed. I try to keep the most delicate patterns in cellophane sleeves, away from the sunlight to prevent them from aging any further and when it’s time to use a pattern, I tend to trace off all of the pieces onto tissue paper to try and preserve the original pattern pieces. Etsy and eBay are a vintage-pattern treasure trove but I have also found a couple of gems at vintage fairs…it can be a bit addictive though! The sky’s the limit… well, my spare room for now!

Thank you so much for letting me share my little sewing space with you!



Thank you for sharing your lovely space with us, Jade. We’d love to spend an afternoon sewing with you, especially if Henry and Coco are around to assist! 


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