New embroidery and textile classes!

New embroidery and textile classes!

We have some new online classes we would like to tell you about this week as well as some regular online workshops with new dates in the diary.

We are very excited to be able to welcome Carolyn Bloom from Bloom Handmade Studios to our roster of talented artist-teachers at Loop.

Starry Night © Bloomhandmadestudios

Carolyn Bloom is a fibre artist based in Sleepy Hollow, New York, right along the Hudson River. For nearly two decades Carolyn has been fully immersed in the world of fibre arts. 

Her designs have been published through Interweave Press and Twist Collective. Her artwork has also been shown at the Donald Gallery in Dobbs Ferry, New York. 

Reversible Embroidery on a garment ©Bloomhandmadestudios

“I’m a self-proclaimed aficionado of yarn. I love its endless possibilities, the stories it tells, the connections it enables and the creativity it inspires. Through this medium, I have become a knitter, crocheter, designer and a photographer. “

Carolyn’s latest design work has been the exploration of adding embroidery to stockinette and single crochet. She has been inspired to explore how the addition of other handwork, such as sashiko, huck embroidery, kogin and cross stitch, can enhance simple handmade fabric.

In her “Embroidery on Stockinette” workshop, Carolyn will take her students through her technique for embroidering on straight stockinette turning both the right and the wrong side of the work into a canvas for embroidery resulting in a reversible piece of fabric. The possibilities are endless as it’s just as applicable to garments as it is to home furnishings, accessories , anything you can think of!

Embroidery on Stockinette

In the workshop you’ll be introduced to the concept of ‘anchor’ stitches on both the right and wrong side of a stockinette swatch. This is what allows your work to be fully reversible allowing you to achieve two distinct designs on both sides of a piece of fabric. You’ll be working on a swatch you’ve knit ahead of time and with your new found skills you’ll be able to apply them to whatever you fancy!

Carolyn’s workshop will be taking place on the ZOOM platform making it possible for anyone to join regardless of which time zone your in! We are so happy to be able to facilitate these online classes for you to continue supporting our makers and bringing people together to celebrate our shared love of fibre crafts.  Embroidery on Stockinette will be taking place online on Saturday the 5th of December. More info and booking available on our website.

You can see more of Carolyn’s beautiful work on her website and Instagram @BloomHandmadeStudio or you tube.

Celia Pym Mending Workshop

We have scheduled more mending workshops with the very talented and lovely Celia Pym! Also on the ZOOM platform, Celia’s workshops have proved to be very popular and frequently sell out quickly.

Celia takes you through the exploration of textile repair on knitted fabric and how and why we do it. A very thoughtful and beautiful approach to mending.

We currently have Saturdays the 20th of February and 27th of March spots available. You can book your place directly through the webshop or give us a ring in the shop if you need any more information. If for some reason the workshop you wanted sells out, please give us a ring or send us an email so we can put you on a waiting list for the next one.

Recent Arrivals

Embroidery on Knitting

If you’re ready to explore more techniques related to embroidery on knitted fabric, Embroidery on Knitting is an amazing resource book by textile artist and pattern designer Britt-Marie Christoffersson. Using just 18 simple stitches such as running stitch, couching, blanket stitch and rya knots, Britt-Marie creates over 250 patterns that will inspire you for even more creativity.

Selvedge Issue 97- RED

The gorgeous new issue of Selvedge Magazine is in the shop! Issue 97 is dedicated to the colour Red. This issue explores colour from the natural dyes of cochineal, madder and logwood to an exhibit at FIT in New York celebrating the Rose in fashion.

Embroidery Magazine November/December 2020

We have more of the beautiful Embroidery Magazine on the way !

This issue of Embroidery Magazine is packed full of inspiring features and beautiful photographs. It features the work of several artists such as Sue Lawty, Alice Fox and Ekta Kaul. This month’s issue delves into Art as therapy and the positive benefits of crafting something by hand. We have lots of embroidery and haberdashery inspiration in our webshop for you to get creative with.

Julie Arkell Sculpture Pieces

Julie has brought us some more of her sculpture ‘creatures’. you dress like my father is the sweetest little piece in a knitted onesie complete with papier mâché wings. ‘A drift in the dark’ is another new piece with a wistful expression and includes Julie’s signature embroidered bits of fabric as well as knitted hood and onesie. Each piece is one-of-a kind and signed by Julie on the bottom of the foot. You can view all of Julie’s lovely pieces on our website along with her books showcasing more of her whimsical artwork.

Kimiyo Works Rosette Brooches

We love handmade beauty at Loop and have recently received some beautiful embroidered rosette brooches from Kimiyo Kuratomi in Tokyo, Japan. These beautiful handmade brooches are inspired by the traditional  British goldwork embroidery technique used in religious and royal commissions. Goldwork has a luxurious quality due to the various metal threads combined with other embroidery techniques producing a sumptuous and elegant effect. Each brooch is a like a little piece of framed art and would be perfect for embellishing a special coat, hat or accessory.


As England is now in lockdown, the London shop will be closed until further notice. The wellbeing and safety of our staff and customers remains our highest priority and we will reopen once it is safe to do so. In the meantime, our online shop will remain ‘open’ as normal. We are still filling your online orders and are still available for local ‘click and collect’ purchases. You can place an order online or over the phone and then pick up at the shop once you receive email confirmation that your order is ready to be collected.

Stay safe and keep knitting!

Lots of love from all of us at Loop xx

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