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Make your own Marimekko? New book 'Surrur' shows you how

May 26, 2011 |  7:22 am

There is much to love at the new Marimekko store-within-a-store at Crate & Barrel at the Grove. Sweet dinnerware inspired by community gardens, rippled glassware whose Finnish name translates to "socks rolled down," and yards and yards of boldly patterned fabric are among the highlights, but the one breakout hit: the colorful patchwork hassocks, above.

"A lot of people have Marimekko in their heart," Crate & Barrel's Gretchen Zuk said, and though that might sound a little funny, she's not kidding. Shoppers have been tossing and hugging the irresistible Surrur_media_01hassocks displayed throughout the store. Kids jump on the bouncy balls. Curious crafters are trying to figure out how the things were pieced together. The biggest disappointment to the new mini-shop just might be that the hassocks are not for sale.

At the press event on Tuesday, though, I learned that detailed instructions for making the hassocks are in the new book "Surrur: Make Your Own Marimekko." ("Surrur" is meant to evoke the sound of a sewing machine.)

Marimekko designers share instructions and patterns for more than 60 projects, such as Aino-Maija Metsola’s ScareOwl, right.

"Surrur" costs about $49. Look for readers' completed projects on the related Facebook page. Representatives from Crate & Barrel said the book should be available at the Grove store by next week. 

 -- Lisa Boone

Photo credits: Marimekko


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