Textile treasures and new mini skein bundles at Loop
Anne Kelly’s textile art always inspires and brings us joy, so we are thrilled to have some of her new textile art pieces in the shop.
Anne’s lace and stitched textile embroidered houses are incredibly charming, and each one is made from collage vintage fabrics and hand-painted birds and landscapes on a small wooden frame. These would be beautiful on display on a shelf or mantle piece as they are finished on all sides.
Anne uses various techniques in her work such as block printing mixed with vintage lace, cotton and linen to create remarkable narratives inspired by her travels and textile traditions worldwide.
And the house motif has been an inspiration for a long time in Anne’s work which led her to create a series using her trademark mix of textiles and stitching.
Each lace bird house has had fabric sewn together by hand and machine and finished with Anne’s signature stitching. We think they are absolutely delightful!
Book Signing Event at Loop
If you would like to see some more of Anne’s beautiful work in person, join us in celebration of London Craft Week on Friday the 8th of October to visit with Anne Kelly! She’ll be signing her books Textile Travels and Textile Folk Art from 4-5:30 pm in our Islington shop. You can see more of Anne’s textile creations such as her beautiful lace patched and stitched Bird Houses, as well as some smaller objects such as brooches and stitched images. No need to book; simply stop by and say hello. You’ll also receive a 10% discount on the books, and it includes a small gift with your purchase.
Amanda Banham keeps our house theme going this week by bringing us some of her lovely stitched and mended roof ceramic houses. We adore her Raku fired houses with their crackled appearance and darned roofs. A street in Amanda’s hometown of Saffron Walden initially inspired the houses. On daily strolls around the neighbourhood with her daughter and dogs, Amanda would make up stories about the people of Castle Street and what they were doing in their houses. Then, she started making miniature versions of the houses in clay. We are expecting her new collection any day now so keep an eye on our website for new stock!
Blue Sky Fibers’ Woolstok in the fingering weight or worsted weight is a beautiful 100% wool perfect for colour work and makes a super soft and light but “woolly” fabric. So, of course, we were thrilled to receive Blue Sky Fibers’ new mini skein bundles in three colour options, Midnight, Cast Iron and Pressed Grapes. Each bundle is a carefully curated mix of mini skeins in colours designed to work together. Each bundle contains three mini skeins of seven different shades of the worsted weight Woolstok, with each skein measuring 12 yards (10 meters). Perfect for colour work!
Cowls or garments and accessories needing a touch of colour are the perfect projects for Woolstok mini bundles.
Project ideas for these bundles are the Hidden Falls Cowl, Moonwake Cowl, Ephraim Wrap, and many more!
Tiny Tassels – New colour for Autumn/Winter!
The Tiny Tassel Shawl Kit has been a perennial favourite here at Loop and we are so excited to be launching an entirely new colourway next week! This combination of La Bien Aimée Merino Singles and Madelinetosh Merino Light evokes the season’s earthy tones and is sure to keep the chill out with its soft, squishy cosiness.
More exciting woolly news…the La Bien Aimée Corrie Worsted has arrived!
La Bien Aimée’s first worsted base is a beautiful mix of Falkland Corriedale and Gotland Wool with (250 yds) per 100g. We’ll have lots more in-depth details for you soon, but check it out on our website to start planning!
We are officially at the start of autumn, so it’s great timing to restock all the Uncommon Thread bases. We love Ce’s bright and beautiful colours as well as the gorgeous, high-quality yarns. Each base uses BFL or Merino wool for a super soft fabric for wearing next to the skin. All of the Uncommon Thread yarns are lovingly hand-dyed in their studio in Brighton. Choose from Uncommon Thread’s BFL Singles , BFL Sport/Light DK, Lush Worsted or Tough Sock for luxuriously soft garments and accessories.
Some exciting new publications are launching at the end of October! You won’t want to miss either of these publications. Veera Välimäki’s Stripes is full of gorgeous patterns in a vast array of yarns of different weights for all seasons. We stock many of the yarns used in this book, and the photography and quality of printing from Laine Publishing is, as always, stunning.
And of course, Making Magazine, inspired by dusk’s colours and moods, doesn’t disappoint with its mix of crafts for makers of all sorts.
If you’re feeling inspired but feel like you might need to brush up on some techniques, we have more ‘Improver’s Kitting’ classes scheduled for November, held over three Thursday evenings in the shop.
Happy knitting and see you soon !