A new textile workshop and an exciting giveaway!
For a real treat in this new year, we have organised a workshop with the very talented textile artist and author Mandy Patullo!
Mandy’s book Textiles Transformed has been especially popular with all of you this past year. It’s no wonder as it such a fantastic resource of information and inspiration for re-purposing our cherished fabrics into beautiful works of art. Currently on pre-order at Loop, we are expecting more copies in the next week!
Mandy trained as a surface pattern and textile designer and now works from her studio at a small arts centre in Northumberland where she creates works of art exhibited and sold throughout the UK. She nearly always sews by hand using patchwork, appliqué and hand stitching.
“I treasure the old and worn, refashioning vintage textiles into new collages embellished with stitch and appliqué. I re-cycle and reuse very old and often disintegrating materials which have been passed on or discarded. I particularly like to cut up and unpick utility patchworks and quilts made by women in domestic settings. I consciously relate to the thrift and ‘make- do and mend” culture of past times and folk art traditions and techniques. My collages, large wall quilts and garments bring together precious fragments to form evocative compositions. The viewer is forced to re-examine fabrics that have become flawed through wear and tear, to find in them a new beauty.”
Join Mandy Pattullo and us on the 12th and 13th of June for a full-day workshop to explore the potential of collaging with vintage fabrics. Mandy will provide you with a foundation to work on and a lovely old piece of antique quilt where you will be able to uncover the fabric archaeology yourself and mix it in with other vintage materials, including some of your own precious hoard.
She will show you how she builds up her compositions and sews them together and helps you design a textile collage that effectively mixes the quilt fragments with your own stash of old and worn fabric. She will bring some inspiring examples of how she uses stitch to embellish the collages and show how you can use the technique for other outcomes such as small pouches and fabric books.
Julie Arkell has sent us some more of her charming papier-mâché pieces. We have three new pieces; “be side myself“,”i spend my time elsewhere” and ” it takes time to arrive“. These quirky little creatures are one-of-a kind original and handmade sculptures using papier- mâché, embroidery and knitting and are signed by Julie.
Selvedge Magazine Issue 98 : Together
The gorgeous new issue of Selvedge Magazine is in the shop now. This issue focusses on the connection textiles have to the community. Textile work is an ideal catalyst for group projects; everything from a quilting bee to more ambitious projects like the furnishing of the Timberline Lodge undertaken by Margery Hoffman Smith and a team of untrained volunteers during the great depression in 1930s America. As always, fascinating reading as well as super beautiful photographs.
We have some gorgeous new straight needles in the LYKKE range in the shop. Named after the Norwegian word for happiness, LYKKE combines high-quality materials and thoughtful design to produce beautiful, durable and smooth needles.
Made of birch wood and with a driftwood finish, they’re soft and warm to the touch and smooth on the yarn.
Madelinetosh + Shibui
We have all the beautiful Madelinetosh Merino Light and Shibui Silk Cloud in their hand-dyed collaborative colours available in the shop now. Held together they make the most luxurious drapey fabric and the colours are sublime!
We recently came across this beautiful new colourwork sweater from Nadia Crétin-Léchenne (NCL knits) knit by Rachel Schenk, @rachelsaysyepa on Instagram. Peeta is a graphic fair isle sweater with a simple straight shape. It is easily customisable with a myriad of colour choices from De Rerum Natura using Ulysse, the sport weight base. Check out Nadia’s Ravelry page to see some more lovely colour combinations!
To celebrate all things stitching, we are very excited to announce we are giving away a copy of Mandy Patullo’s beautiful book “Textiles Transformed” along with one pack of fabric swatches from Minä Perhonen and a couple of naturally dyed wool thread cakes from Mette Mehlsen! What a lovely way to begin the year!
To enter on the blog, please leave a comment with an idea of how you might use your goodies.
To enter on Instagram, you will need to repost our photo from today (15th January) or post one of your own photos, using the hashtag #LoopLovestextiles, and you will need to be following our account, @looplondonloves.
(Your entry will not count if you only leave a comment on our IG post as it has to be on your own post. )
This giveaway will close on the 28th of January for Blog comments and IG users.
We’ll announce the winners on Friday, the 29th of January both here and on Instagram. We wish you all the very best of luck!
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