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2010 Holiday Gift List for Sewists, Knitters and Crafters!

'Tis the season for last-minute gift shopping! With precious little time remaining for actually making anything (although there is still time to whip up one very special thing!) we thought we'd offer up a list of ready-to-go gifts for all the sewists, knitters and crafters in your life. These lovely items would be welcome under any creative person's tree!


Sajou Retours du Nord Box Set

Everyone who works at Purl Soho wants the Sajou Retours du Nord Box Set for Christmas! It is a set of 96 colors of superior quality, 4-ply cotton embroidery thread from France. It comes arranged in rainbow order, and in an absolutely charming blue box. It would be such a special gift for anyone who loves to embroider or who simply enjoys surrounding themselves with color.


Sajou Scissors

Sajou Scissors are our new favorite things. They are hot forged and hand-finished to perfection by a tiny family owned company in France. Basically they are the ultimate scissors! If you're looking for a general small fabric scissor we would recommend the Ciseaux Rouennaise, (above, on the left) which are fabulous for cutting small pieces of fabric and felt. The Charmes scissors (above, top right) are perfect for cutting thread in embroidery, needlepoint and crewel, and would be great for knitters or sewists too. The Hare Scissors (above, bottom right) are as beautiful as they are functional. They have an extremely sharp point, which is great for embroidery, needlepoint and cross-stitch, and they have a lovely rabbit shape. They are whimsical and totally amazing.

The absolutely exquisite Ciseaux Petit Monstres are the some of the most unique and special scissors around. They have large handles to make them easy to cut with, but very small blades, which make them perfect for cutting embroidery threads and yarns.  Each of these scissors come in a lovely floral box with a cotton Sajou tag making them a perfect gift!


Graphite Objects

These beautiful graphite sculptures made by hand by artist A.S. Batle are made of a very special graphite that draws like a pencil but doesn't rub off on your hands. They make a show stopping and unique gift for writers, artists, dads, husbands, sisters, and teachers. We love the idea of keeping one of these by a note pad in the kitchen to write down messages or shopping lists, making these every-day activities more special.


Purl Soho Kits

Our line of Purl Soho Kits contain everything your gift-getter will need to put together some really fun projects. For the knitters out there we have the very simple, very beautiful, Super Easy Baby Blanket Kit which comes in an amazing rainbow of color palettes, from bright pinks, to deep blues, as well as some great unisex options. This would be such a special gift for an expectant mom who loves to knit. It's also easy enough to knit that it would be appropriate for an absolute beginner knitter.

For the sewists we recommend our Liberty Baby Bib Kits, which combine the stunning detail and beauty of Liberty Tana Lawn fabric with the useful cosiness of Organic Terry Cloth to make a set of four delightful baby bibs. This would make a perfect gift for a crafty-mom (or grandma)- to be!



Bags are something that every knitter, sewist, and crafter can't get enough of. There is always a need for a storage bag to organize a new project or a re-usable shopping bag to carry new yarn, fabric or tools.

Baggu makes the most beautiful re-usable shopping bags around. They come in  a stunning array of  saturated colors.  They're made of super strong ripstop nylon so you can load them up with craft supplies, books or groceries!. They also make adorable zippered pouches in every size and shape imaginable which would be a great and eco-friendly alternative to wrapping paper. We really can't recommend Baggu's bags enough, they are just so useful.  You can find all of their bag styles right here.

Another one of our favorite bags is the Brave Brown Bag. These waxed canvas bags, designed to look like a classic paper shopping bag, are a perfect carry-all. They come in so many beautiful colors and great sizes. They are weather proof and sturdy enough to be used every day as a general handbag.


Crewel Kits

Our crewel kits are a perfect gift for anyone who is interested in needlework, they're perfect for beginners and also more experienced stitchers.  The kits are universally simple to sew and have a pretty, vintage look. Best of all they come with everything you need to make them, from the printed fabric, to the directions to the wool thread.

If you'd like more information on crewel please check out our Crewel Kit post here.


Needlepoint Canvases

Needlepoint canvases are a great gift option for the crafter who has everything, as well as dedicated needlepointers. They are so simple to stitch that anyone with knitting, sewing or embroidery experience can learn the technique in a matter of minutes, especially with the help of this handy How to Needlepoint Booklet. The needlepoint canvases we carry come in some absolutely incredible designs, from the modern animal inspired designs of Charley Harper (as pictured above) to the whimsical botanical canvases by Birds of a Feather. If you'd like to introduce someone to the wonderful world of needlepoint please check out our needlepoint post here.


Pre-Cut Fabric Bundles

A bundle of fabric would make a great stocking stuffer for any quilter, especially one of our vivid Spectrum Bundles. These collections of 12 beautifully coordinated fabrics will surely be appreciated as solid colors are something that quilters always need.

One of our very special Liberty of London Tana Lawn Color Wheel Bundles, a collection of 52 Liberty prints cut in fat-eighths (enough to make the color wheel quilt from Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts) makes a very special gift for anyone that sews. Liberty's Tana Lawn is the finest cotton fabric in the world.  Its prints are so delicate and winsome and although it's 100% cotton, it feels as soft as silk.  We also offer smaller bundles from Liberty, each containing 10 prints, cut in fat-quarters which you can find right here.

Another great gift option is a bundle of 100% Wool Felt. Our wool felt comes in an incredible range of beautiful, saturated colors and is a favorite for craft sewing since it doesn't require any hemming. This would be an excellent gift for a crafty kid who is just learning to sew!


Gift Cards

If you're still unsure about what to get the yarn or fabric lover in your life, consider giving a Purl Soho gift card. Your gift recipient can use them to shop online at or at our New York City store to buy absolutely anything from cashmere to classes!


Shipping Info and Holiday Store Hours

Special thanks to Marty Hyers for this lovely shot of our store at night!If you are ordering Christmas gifts online, please be sure to check out the shipping deadlines below:

  • Orders placed from December 16th- 21st should select Expedited Shipping for a guaranteed delivery date before Christmas.
  • Orders placed from December 21st- 23rd should select next day air for a guaranteed delivery date before Christmas.
  • UPS is not shipping on December 24th so will be closed that day.

Also please note that our New York City Store will be closed from Friday December 24th through Sunday December 26th so that our employees can spend the holiday with their families. We will reopen with regular hours at noon on Monday December 27th.

Merry Christmas from everyone at, Purl Soho, and The Purl Bee!


Reader Comments (18)

I love the crewel kit of the village scene - do you stock these?
December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTina
I have a yarn nut in my life, thanks for the info on the perfect gift to give.
December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLee
One question - are the scissors just for right-handed folks...cuz I'm a leftie!
Hi Mary Beth,
Yes, these scissors can be used by either left or right handed people.

Hi Tina,
We do stock them. We sold a whole bunch this morning though! We're going to see if we can scrounge up a few more today or tomorrow, so please check back, or you can email us at the link below and we'll let you know when we get them:
December 16, 2010 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I love the "map" crewel sample shown above, but I can find it nowhere on site. Could you provide a link or more info?
December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara
Hi Sara,
We are currently out of stock on that item which is the "Village + Farm Crewel Kit". You can find its page at the following link, and you can email us there if you'd like us to let you know if and when we'll have more:

December 16, 2010 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Cute printed twill tape!
December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke
Such beautiful things!

I must visit your shops the next time I have a chance to go to New York!
December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie
Is it really selfish of me that I want everything for myself?!!?! I don't even know how to sew, but I just want to have all those glorious fabrics and embroidery string (learned how to do that at summer camp as a kid!) for random craft projects. J'adore!

December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten
Hello. Love the baby blanket and wondering if you just sell the pattern.
Thank you.
December 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbag
Hi Beth,
We actually have the blanket pattern available for free. You can find it right here:

December 16, 2010 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Thank you so much. I am so excited to give the blanket a whirl for my new niece or nephew! I love the Purl Bee! So, inspiring.
December 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbag
I feel silly asking after looking at all your lovely things, but where can I get that mushroom tree ornament?! I did visit your store while in NYC earlier this year and treated myself to a large shopping bag full of goodies from your glorious shop.
December 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercruz
Every single picture on this post makes me happy. What a great list!
December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachael
The Charley Harper design pictured - is it available? OR can you put me on a waiting list? RSVP :-)
December 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCindy C
Can I just say "Yes, please!" to everything on this list? Wonderful collection :)
December 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAJ
In the first and last picture of your post the felt candy cane garland is just beautiful! Do you sell the pattern or instructions for that?
December 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCeleste
I like the pencils shaped like objects. You almost don't want to sharpen them, so as not to deform them...
December 21, 2010 | Unregistered

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