Purl was a knitting store opened in NY in 2002. A few years later a fabric/quilting store was opened down the street called Purl Patchwork. Just a few months ago both stores were combined into one larger location called Purl Soho. They also have a beautiful, inspiring blog called Purlbee as well as an online fabric store called Purlsoho.com. I visited Purl Patchwork – a tiny little shop with gorgeous fabrics (and my favorite wall of Liberty prints in hoops) two years ago. It wasn’t until later that I found their blog. I’ve since been inspired numerous times and was so excited to go back and see their new digs.
Lot of great fabric collections pre-bundled to choose from. This one was my favorite. How I wanted to take those little spaceships home with me.
If you go, expect a NYC (i.e. higher) price scale on everything. I didn’t buy much (because I’m such a bargain fabric shopper) but I loved pretty much everything in the store.
The staff was really helpful and patient too. (I got a kick out of one girl patiently trying to explain to a customer why the lightweight, gauzy fabric she wanted wouldn’t be the greatest choice to re-cover an ottoman. The poor associate was trying to be affirming of this customer’s good taste in fabric, while helping her understand that some fabric is not made for furniture. The customer kept pleading, “yeah, but I love this one” as if the sales associate would just say, “Oh, okay. I’ll just pull out my magic fabric wand and make that fabric into sturdy upholstery fabric, impervious to any wear and tear.” In the end the customer decided she would just get double the amount of fabric and cover her ottoman in two layers – because quickly wearing out two layers of expensive gauze makes so much more sense. But hey- if you’ve got the cash, you can re-cover furniture – and re-cover again – in whatever you want!)
Anyway, visit Purl Soho – or at least the Purlbee blog – and I promise you will be inspired many times over.
Next week’s field trip: M & J Trimming.