Making Mosaics with Mimstermade and Enneste
We’re still basking in the glow of our incredible week with Nami Horikawa, Tomomi Mimura, and Naho Izumi, three incredible Japanese makers who shared their time and talents with some of you lovely Loop fans in a series of workshops and classes last week.
The creativity overflowed during our time together, and that energy didn’t end when the plane wheels left the tarmac at Heathrow thanks to some very special new fibres we gained from the visit. We’re thrilled to have in the shop a new yarn by Naho of Enneste that was inspired by Tomomi Mimura (aka Mimstermade).
Those of you who met Mimstermade or got one of her coveted kits will know that her style of mosaic embroidery is unlike anything else. Naho agreed, and decided that a unique style of embroidery deserved an equally unique yarn. Thus was born the vivid, hand-dyed Enneste for Mimstermade bundles.
These little cakes are so so special. They’re steam dyed four times for extra rich, super deep colour, and my oh my what colours they achieve. Some contain subtle variations on a single tone and others are really wild combinations of saturated gem tones and sophisticated neutrals. You’ll want to get your hands on these as they have to be seen to be believed.
Though designed specifically for Mimstermade’s signature style of embroidery, Enneste for Mimstermade is equally at home as a fingering-weight yarn in knit and crochet projects. We’re fairly sure we’ll be using this for accents throughout our upcoming projects. I mean how could anyone resist!?
It was so beautiful to see the way Nami, Tomomi, and Naho found inspiration in one another and how they inspired you all. Enneste for Mimstermade will be a treasured memento of the time we shared.
Looking for a perfect easy light summer knit project? Our lovely Osaka Scarf Kit featuring Ito yarns is a dreamy, soft, light-weight piece that will be your constant companion. Available in a greyscale colourway or pastel “candy”, this versatile piece is perfect for any occasion. The kit includes five balls of Ito Sensai and the pattern for the Osaka Scarf. Wedding season here we come!
The latest issue of Amirisu has finally hit the shelves! We love this water-themed issue, which is just perfect as we head into the season of waterside knits. You can read all about the patterns we can’t wait to cast on and Loop-favourite yarns we can’t wait to use in our Amirisu 26 preview from May! Pick up your copy of Amirisu, stock up on De Rerum Natura Gilliatt, Mrs Moon Plump DK, Isager Highland Wool and Silk Mohair, La Bien Aimée Merino Singles, and Madelinetosh Tosh DK, and get knitting today!
Silky sumptuous Qing Veranita has just landed in the shop again, this time with 10 new colours we’re going wild for. The sunset hues of Blush, Candlelight, Ultraviolet, and Chinese Red, cool foresty tones of Sage, Tea, and Cumulus, and glorious, neutral Duckling, Pebble, and Noir are set to spark all the senses this summer. Stock up on this delightful cashmere-silk mix for some super airy and soft summer knits.
We love these sweet and sunny crochet kits! Ricorumi Family Girl and Ricorumi Family Friend kits are totally fun and darling. They contain everything you need to make a bright, colourful toy: four balls of yarn, plus extra for finishing touches, pattern instructions, and even a crochet hook and embroidery needle! Make one for your favourite pair of gal pals or start a Ricorumi family of your own. Either way, these creations are sure to brighten up your day.
This July, we’re bringing back our popular Beginner Knitting Class in a two-Saturday series. On 1 and 8 July, join crafter and Loopette Sophie Heathscott in the shop to learn all the basics of knitting. Covering casting on and off, knitting and purling, striping, ribbing, and basic pattern reading, this would be a great gift for a budding crafter who’s looking for a new hobby to take on holiday or off to university.
Summer’s bounty is nearly at our doorstep and we’re expecting a bumper crop of some of our favourites. With big deliveries and re-stocks of Krea Deluxe Organic Cotton, Rico Yarns and Kits, the Blue Robinia Kits (hurrah!), more Roulade Kits (finally!), Dee Hardwicke’s The Knitted Fabric and much more, it’ll pay to check back often!
Knit well lovelies!