Wonderful Wool Embroidery with Au Ver a Soie and Judit Gummlich
This week we’re enraptured by all things embroidery (wool embroidery to be specific), with special new threads from Au Ver a Soie launching soon and the release of Judit Gummlich’s Embroidery on Knits on the horizon.
Wool Embroidery Threads from Au Ver a Soie are a total dream for embroidering on wool with wool, whether you’re adding a decorative embellishment to your latest knit, darning a hole in an old favourite, or creating a whole tapestry or cross-stitch piece. In addition to individual thread skeins, we’re super excited to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Au Ver a Soie to create six exclusive colour sets only available at Loop! The Wool Embroidery Sets launch TODAY and the individual Embroidery Threads will be available from Tuesday!
Au Ver a Soie, which takes its name from the silkworm, is a legendary Parisian thread maker. The company was established in 1820 in the neighbourhood where all fashionable luxury textiles were made, Au Ver a Soie remains in the same family that founded it. Today, the brand is world renowned for its fine threads. Whether you’re just getting started with embroidery and embellishments or you’re ready to take on one of the masterpieces in Embroidery on Knits (more on that below), Au Ver a Soie’s wool embroidery threads are simply unparalleled.
Loop’s special Au Ver a Soie Wool Embroidery Sets, which we’re launching today, include seven carefully selected colours to help you achieve a really wonderful effect with your crafting. Available in “Loop Pastels”, “Iced Pastels”, “Neon”, “Earth”, “Crayon” and “Black to White”, we’re sure one of these gorgeous sets will fit right in with your favourite tones. If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out Anna Nikipirowicz’s Embroidered Crochet, Britt-Marie Christoffersson’s Embroidery on Knitting, or any of our other fabulous Embroidery and Mending Books.
We can barely contain our excitement for the launch of Embroidery on Knits next Friday and Judit Gummlich’s visit on 21 October to sign copies of the book and show off some gorgeous samples — especially now that we have these exquisite threads from Au Ver a Soie! Through detailed tutorials, 18 unique templates inspired by nature, and step-by-step instructions for every stage of the process from planning to finished product, Judit demonstrates how knits can be totally transformed with just a few simple stitches. Embroidery on Knits is out from Laine Publishing next week, and you can preorder your copy now from Loop to ship the day it launches. Don’t forget to stop by on Saturday 21 October to meet Judit, look at some samples, and get your book signed! All the details are on our website.
The Late Bloomer Mitten is everyone’s favourite embroidered mitten, and our incredible Kits will soon be available in an all new ecstatically earthy tone: Shrub. This pattern has autumn written all over it, and in fact it was a nice bike ride on a lovely autumn day that first inspired designer Kristin Ledgett to develop this mitten. This embroidery-on-knit pattern uses the same yarn for the embellishment as for the main knit, so it’s a low-risk way to try your hand at this gorgeous method. Then again, if you’re feeling brave no one is stopping you from adding a few contrasting flowers to make these babies really pop! If the new colour isn’t in stock yet keep checking back, it will be soon!
Still craving more threads? Enter the Sajou Farandole Alsacienne Box! A sewing box containing Sajou’s gorgeous threads and so much more, this is the ultimate starter set for your embroidery journey or companion to the accomplished needleworker, with everything you need right at hand. From a coloured pencil set for sketching out new designs to a pair of gilded stork scissors for snipping your loose threads, this box has every single step of your stitching process covered. These will be with us soon, so keep checking back!
Screen Printed Fabric Swatches from the fabulous Miesje Chafer are also on their way. These linen and cotton fabrics printed with geometrical shapes and designs have Miesje written all over them, and they’re the perfect addition to patchwork, mending, or any other stitching project. Whether you’re adding your own embellishing stitches or just incorporating Miesje’s designs into your latest project, these are super joyful to work with. They come in packs of seven mixed prints and they’re just so lovely. These swatches will be arriving any day, so keep an eye out!
Ten years after the publication of her first volume, Helga Rüütel is back with a second collection of beautiful lacework patterns for Haapsalu shawls. Originating in the seaside town of Haapsalu, Estonia, this intricate style of lace knitting has been practiced for centuries. The 52 lacework motifs included in this book are all designed and knit by Helga herself and they’re just beautiful. The instructions for making the full shawl aren’t included in this book, but Helga’s co-author Siiri Reimann’s book “How to Knit a Haapsalu Shawl” is a great guide available from several online retailers.