Crafting Whimsical Creatures with Julie Arkell!
Oh what a treat we have this week: Julie Arkell and her magical creatures are heading to Loop for three workshops in 2023!
To long-time Loop fans, Julie will need no introduction. Her sensational stitches, world-famous workshops, and whimsical aesthetic have been an important part of the shop and our community since the very beginning. Julie’s multimedia statuettes convey a captivating sense of wonder and fascination. Her characters are like worlds unto themselves, multi-layered and complex yet simply expressed. Her art is truly unique, and this is your chance to see through her eyes!
Each Creature Workshop participant will receive an unadorned papier-mache doll made by Julie. Then, using trinkets, wools, and threads from home or from the shop, you’ll complete your very own work of art. You’ll have access to Julie’s patterns during the workshop for inspiration and instruction, but your creature will be uniquely yours, with all your own knitting and stitching to bring to life the creature of your imagination.
Come spend a wonderful day with us at Loop and in the inspiring surroundings of Camden Passage, Upper Street, and Angel. We are so happy to announce Julie will hold classes with us on Sunday 18 June, Saturday 21 October, and Sunday 22 October this year. Each workshop lasts from 11am to 5pm with a 45-minute break for lunch when you can explore the area around Loop on your own. You bring your sewing kit and your wildest imagination, we’ll supply the coffee, tea, cakes, and a truly wonderful teacher.
If you want to learn more about Julie’s work, check out the Meet the Maker video we featured on her!
If you’re hungry for more classes, we have plenty on offer! This weekend we’re very excited to host a one-day Knitting for Improvers class with Linda Litchfield on Sunday 12 March. Linda has 60 years of knitting experience, 10 years of experience teaching knitting, and a degree in fine-arts textiles from Goldsmiths to boot. In just under six hours of instruction she’ll cover skills to take your knitting to the next level, such as reading patterns, finishing techniques, and working in the round.
If you just need need a little advice come to our free drop-in Knitting SOS session also taking place this weekend from 10:30 to 11:30 on Sunday 12 March. There’s no need to book in, just come to the shop with whatever project has you stumped and we’ll do our best to get you sorted out (though do please drop us an email if you need help with brioche, complex cabling, fisherman’s rib, Baltic braids, and other extended techniques).
And later this month we’ll host a really phenomenal Toy Making Workshop on Sunday 26 March. This class with Sophie Heathscott will teach participants how to make one of two cuddly pals while also learning to become a pro at magic loop, the technique that allows knitters to use a long circular needle to knit a circle of a much smaller circumference. Toys are totally joyful to make. They’re quick to knit up and you’ll feel a special sense of satisfaction when you see the years of comfort and delight they bring to whichever dear one you’re making it for.
If you’re already a keen toymaker (or if you already know you’ll want to make more after Sophie’s class), make sure to preorder Mouche & Friends: Seamless Toys to Knit and Love by Cinthia Vallet, which will be published on 12 April. This lovely book contains 12 patterns to make sweet animal toys plus their clothes and accessories. It’s the perfect way to practice everything you learned in the Toy Making Workshop!
See our full offering of classes on our website!
More divine yarns have arrived from Knit Collage, including the new-to-Loop Dreamland! We fell in love with these yarns as soon as we saw them. Plush wool and mohair with baubles, tinsel, and ribbon spun in? Yes please. We are so happy to have received a shipment of Daisy Chain and Cast Away, two firm favourites from this brand, and we’re absolutely thrilled to have received Dreamland for the first time as well. Inspired by the market streets of Hong Kong and India (where the yarn is hand spun), ribbons, flower appliques, and sparkling Angelina fibres make this wool-mohair blend shine. Come see what all the fuss is about!
Glitz and glam galore! Ito Kin Gin is such a fun way to bring a bit of brightness to whatever it is you’re knitting. Lace shawls, thick jumpers, even socks — there’s nothing on two needles that can’t be elevated by a little sparkle courtesy of this fantastic yarn. Kin Gin is easy to hold double with all kinds of yarns, but it works especially well with Ito Sensai Mohair. Available in seven colours, with either a white or black core for maximum colour versatility, this yarn is a total blast.
There are only a few weeks left until The Stitch Festival comes to town from 23 to 26 March and we’re super excited to announce that in addition to discounted tickets we’re giving away five pairs of tickets to the festival! Tell us what your favourite Stitch Festival craft is in a comment below to enter before 11:59 pm on Sunday 12 March and we’ll select winners at random on Monday. The tickets will be valid after 10 am on Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25, or Sunday 26 March and you’ll receive registration information via email directly from the festival. To purchase a discounted ticket, use the code LOOPKNIT23 at checkout before 11:59pm on Wednesday 22 March. Unfortunately this code won’t work for child, VIP, or group tickets and won’t be valid for tickets on Sunday 26 March.