Thursday, February 25, 2010

Louisa strikes again.

She's done it yet again. One of our favorite British designers, the lovely Louisa Harding, has just released three new, amazing books. (Her spring yarns are due to debut later next month, but these books all feature her existing yarn lines - yay!).

There are two key elements that make Louisa's books stand out far above the crowd. One, the amazing photography by her husband, Stephen. These are not crank-out-a-pattern-in-the-studio shots. These are an act of love - for photography, styling, lighting, and mood.

And the second key element is Louisa's design aesthetic. Like a Project Runway star in the making, Louisa brings us fresh takes on each season, while staying true to her personal aesthetic of femininity and the perfect blending of classic and modern.

"Belle," the first new book, is dedicated to Louisa's Mulberry Silk. As a silk yarn aficionado, I think Louisa's Mulberry is one of the best deals on the market. Spun from the finest Mulberry silk, it has a tight twist that resists slubs and pillings. And the saturated colors are to die for! Here are three of my favorite designs from Belle...The cover design, "Dove":


And "Osprey":

The second new book is "Bijoux," which features designs in Jasmine, one of my favorite Louisa yarns. Jasmine is a bamboo blend with a teensy bit of sparkle. It is also very well priced for the quality. Here is the cover:

"Opal" takes 8 skeins of Jasmine:

"Coral" takes 7:

And "Amber" takes only two skeins:

Last but not least, we have the "Beresford Beach" book, which features children's designs in Nautical Cotton and Albero yarns. I love that each design is made up two ways, one with each kind of yarn. Here is "Winchelsea" in Albero (just 5 skeins!), and then in Nautical Cotton:

And check out Rye in Nautical Cotton and then Albero. I may have to make this for Mallory:

We have a great selection of all of these yarns in the Louisa Harding section of the Loops Online Store. Choose your favorite colors today and you'll have something beautiful to wear when Spring finally arrives!

- Shelley
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Blogger Connie said...

I love it- off to buy Belle and Bijoux right now!

March 1, 2010 at 8:22 PM  

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