Hilja Mitts designed by Aleks Byrd. ©Aleks Byrd

You may have heard we are re-opening our shop on the 1st of May, this coming Saturday! We are super excited to welcome you back and have been very busy getting ready for your arrival. We have some more detailed information for you about shopping with us in person at the end of this post. In the meantime, we thought we’d share a little round-up of some lovely new things at Loop to keep us inspired and creating through the next few months and beyond.

What is Sashiko? Sashiko means “little stabs” referring to the distinctive running stitch that defines this technique of Japanese needlework. Traditional Sashiko was used to reinforce or repair old clothing with simple stitches to strengthen and mend. Today, the traditional art of Sashiko has become an art form in itself and is used for primarily decorative purposes like visible mending, quilting and embroidery. Sashiko designs consist of geometric patterns and tesselating shapes. Common motifs include designs inspired by nature like clouds, bamboo, rippling water and waves and persimmon flower. Traditionally Sashiko was known for its graphic style and light colour …

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