Pop in for Our Pop-Up with NONA and Cohana!
Our exclusive NONA and Cohana Pop-Up is here! All weekend we’ll have the creators behind these storied Japanese haberdashery brands in the shop, and we can’t wait to welcome you!
Rika Stein of NONA as well as the Cohana team are visiting to bring you all their lovely tools of the trade this Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June. Rika’s Temari Stitching Classes may be sold out, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on this wonderful weekend of craft!
Rika will have NONA’s famous cotton threads and wool yarns in tow, and we’re very excited that she’s bringing a very special product just for Loop. The NONA Tsudura Case is a super beautiful collection of nine NONA threads in an exquisite woven case. We are so honoured that Rika is sharing a small number of these with us. Cohana’s unparalleled haberdashery will be front and centre, with tons of gorgeous items and demonstrations of new products.
Cohana is named for the Japanese deity “Konohanasakuyahime”, who is as beautiful as a blossoming cherry tree and a guardian deity of Mount Fuji. It’s therefore no great shock that their tools are as pleasant to look at as they are to use. In addition to staples like Mini Scissors, Shozaburo Thread Clips, and Yuzen Leather Tape Measures, Cohana will bring the new “Pokeori” hand-weaving tool to demonstrate. Tons more goodies like these glorious embroidered buttons that come with matching thread to sew them in place and delicate, darling glass flower beads will fill this veritable haberdashery hootananny. The Cohana team will be at Loop from noon to 3pm each day this weekend.
No need to book, we’ll see you there!
Paula Pereira’s Textured Knits hit the knitting world with a bang when Laine published it last month and we are so psyched to be able to welcome her to Loop for a Trunk Show and Book Signing on Saturday 22 July from 2 to 5 pm! We were so inspired by her ability to combine Brazilian heritage, contemporary art, and her own memories of growing up in the country into 20 gorgeous knitting patterns, and we can’t wait to hear more about her process. We’ll have more details on the event soon, but expect samples, chats with like-minded crafters, and even a demonstration of the “embroider as you knit” technique used in a few of Paula’s patterns. Everyone is welcome and we can’t wait to see you there.
The newest handmade darning tool from the incredibly inventive Hikaru Noguchi has arrived in the shop just ahead of her visit in early July and it’s totally to die for. The Handmade Darning Disc is yet another invention to make mending easier. Like her Darning Jellyfish, it works well on a flat surface and for larger items, but the scooped out under side makes the Darning Disc even easier to hold in hand as well. A drawstring cord will keep your garment securely in place while you work, and its adjustable cinch means it’s easy to secure garments of any weight and the cord won’t loosen its grip over time.
Just arrived! These sweet little kits are so wonderful. It was a real joy to have designer Tomomi Mimura at Loop in May, and we were so glad some of you got to learn her wonderful mosaic embroidery technique. Now it’s a treat to be able to share her lovely designs and methods with more of you through these Mosaic Embroidery Kits. These bundles come with everything you need to make a cute little bear: linen cloth with a printed design, five colours of yarn, black and white thread, instructions in English and diagrams, a needle, and a very clever embroidery hoop that also serves as a frame when your piece is finished.
The latest issue of Selvedge has arrived and it is absolutely stunning. This magazine never disappoints, and the latest issue, Raw, is no exception. It explores the extraordinary ways fibre can weave itself into our lives, exploring its roles in health and regeneration, science, sustainability, and much more. This issue will take you to France, to Mallorca, to Mexico, and farther afield.
L for lilac, L for linen, L for falling in love with our newest colours from Lichen and Lace! The newest additions to our collection of Sock Minis are inspired by some of our favourite things about the summer season, gorgeous blooms and lovely airy fibres. Both colours have beautiful subtle variations that will just knit up so well. Sock Minis are obviously suited to socks, but they’re also great for shawls, baby knits, or anything that requires a few colours. They’re so easy to mix and match and the range here is really great, from super bright neons to grounded neutrals and just about everything between.
Last week we restocked Scout Mini Kits in Florence Spurling’s original colourway, but if your tastes tend towards something a bit on the bigger side, you’re in luck! This week we’re all stocked up on Florence’s original Scout Shawl Kit, also in the colours chosen by the designer. This shawl is a great challenge for colourwork lovers, and a perfect opportunity to perfect your Fair Isle and intarsia skills. The kit comes with two full skeins, two half-skeins, and one third-skein, plus a mini ball in one of the colours where gauge will affect how much you might need — all in a Loop cotton project bag, of course. The pattern is sold separately through shopflorencespurling.com or Ravelry.
Happy knitting + stitching from all of us at Loop!