November 1, 2013

Hoop La! review and giveaway

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It's a very special pleasure to be reviewing Hoop La!: 100 Things To Do with Embroidery Hoops by Kirsty Neale. You see that banner at the top of our page? The Feeling Stitchy banner, which so many of you associate lovingly with our blog, was created by Kirsty Neale, so reviewing her book is extra special to me. And what a wonderful book it is!

All craft books are a time-intensive labor of love - even a handful of projects can be a bear to photograph, writing lists of materials and creating patterns. Yet Kirsty managed to singlehandedly stuff 100 hoop ideas in this book, and each idea is so creative that it never strikes you as repetitive or overloaded. This book is wonderfully photographed and delightfully colorful - and the photo layouts are every bit as inspiring as the projects themselves.


The book is very well organized, opening with a multitude of treatments you can give your wooden hoops - listed in 7 sections, which are further multiplied by additional creative options. Then come the ideas - and each one is so inspired and delightful. The book closes with a section on techniques - featuring a concise dictionary of embroidery stitches, applique methods, and crochet and patchwork guides. The last section contains the templates for all the projects - and it is nice that they do not require enlarging, for the most part.

It was hard picking favorites, because I could easily see myself making all of these - and it's a rare book indeed that one could say that about. But here are a few of my favorite projects!

Multi-Hoop Zoo
Multi-Hoop Zoo by Kirsty Neale, Hoop La Multi-Hoop Zoo by Kirsty Neale, Hoop La

Man-broidery
Manbroidery by Kirsty Neale, Hoop La Manbroidery by Kirsty Neale, Hoop La

Dandy Lion / Stitch This Way
Dandy Lion by Kirsty Neale, Hoop La Stitch This Way by Kirsty Neale, Hoop La

Little Red / Pick Pockets
Little Red by Kirsty Neale, Hoop La Pick Pockets by Kirsty Neale, Hoop La

And now for the giveaway! One lucky Feeling Stitchy reader will receive this original art hoop by Kirsty Neale from the book! And isn't it adorable?


But I enjoyed this book so much, and I think you'll all find it so inspiring that I'm reaching into our Amazon associates account to send out 2 copies of the book as well! So, there are 3 chances to win in this giveaway - 1 original art hoop by Kirsty, and 2 copies of Hoop La. All of our readers are welcome to enter this giveaway, including our international readers!

To win, leave a comment on this post by Sunday Nov.2, 9 PM US CST, and answer the following question: Where do you find your embroidery hoops? Because with all of these great ideas, we're gonna need some good places to find hoops! :)

Visit all the stops on the Hoop-La blog tour below!

Follow the Hoop-La! Blog Tour | Win Embroidery Designs

OCTOBER:

Thurs 24th – Bugs & Fishes
Fri 25th – Flossie Teacakes
Mon 28th – Syko
Weds 30th – Emma Lamb
Thurs 31st – Wild Olive

NOVEMBER:

Fri 1st – Feeling Stitchy
Mon 4th – Carina’s Craftblog
Weds 6th –  Shimelle
Fri 8th – Notes on Paper
Mon 11th – The Green Gables
Weds 13th – Blueberry Park
Fri 15th – Follow the White Bunny

71 comments:

  1. I came across some at a thrift store, but usually buy them at Hobby Lobby. Thanks for the giveaway - the book looks great!

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  2. Virginia Sattler-ReimerNovember 1, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    What a cool book! I have only found hoops at Joann's or Michael's here in my corner of the world.

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  3. I want this book! I buy hoops on ebay if the deal is good and at Create for Less online. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. A wonderful review, thank you for hat. It's always good to get a glimpse of a book before you buy. I would love s chance to win this book so please enter my name in your lovely giveaway. Xoxi

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  5. Sorry posted before I was finished. I usually use vintage hoops but have purchased a couple from my local fabric shop.

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  6. awesome! Let's see, most of my hoops I find when I clean out my studio closet! LOL

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  7. I love books like this, so inspiring! I find my hoops on ebay and etsy for vintage and at Joann's or Michael's for new. But I do love the vintage best. Thanks!

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  8. That little red riding hood is amazing. Hmm. I've never decorated with hoops before... I'd try goodwill.

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  9. I love embroidery and I love this book with so many ideas!! I pick up my hoops at thrift stores and Hobby Lobby. Thank you for the give away.

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  10. Such a wonderful selection of projects! I usually don't stitch with a hoop, but I have bought a few online (sewandso.co.uk) to use as frames. A great alternative when you don't have a good craft shop nearby.

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  11. What a fun book! I have to, need to make the cute dauchsund, hehe. Too cute! The last hoops I got were from Ben Franklins. I'd love to add this book to my library.

    Thank you and Kristy for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I just get them at Joann's - I wish I had a more interesting answer!

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  13. This looks such a great book!
    I find lots of hoops in charity shops!!

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  14. I always just get them at Michaels or Hobby Lobby, but I would like to expand my search to find better ones!

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  15. I'm really a lucky person. I can find many hoops a shop which is very close to my home.

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  16. I get most of my hoops at thrift stores, especially old school wooden ones, they are great and you get to re-purpose something!

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  17. I like to find used ones to repurpose, but usually end up buying new.

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  18. I inherited a bunch when my husband's uncle's wife died. That and boxes of floss and linen have meant I haven't had to buy embroidery supplies for years.

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  19. I watch for them at yard sales -- often they are tucked away and people want just dimes and quarters for them - otherwise - Michael's/ACMoore with my coupon :)

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  20. Our local craft store stopped carrying hoops, so I have been finding them at our reuse store or thrift shops. Though my most recent purchase was a 1.5" hoop DIY necklace kit from etsy.

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  21. I put "wooden embroidery hoops" in a search engine and look at probably 10 sites and purchase from the one that offers the best price.

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  22. I like to find them at estate and garage sales

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  23. Nicole Martinez-AndersonNovember 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    This hoop la book is so cute. I've just started knitting and sewing so i haven't gotten into embroidery but it keeps catching my attention. Id defiantly buy a hoop and thread if i won this book

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  24. I find embroidery hoops in my mom's craft stash bin!

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  25. I get all my hoops from goodwill. When I'm feeling low, I buy a used lot on ebay!

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  26. Wow, this book looks amazing! I'd love a chance to win it.

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  27. I used to go to the Big Box craft stores (Joanne's or Michaels), but now I scavenge for them at charity shops.

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  28. I haven't had to buy any because I already have some and then I found more at my mom's house. Thanks for the giveaway. I've added it to the weekly link up on my blog.

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  29. This book looks amazing! I find my hoops at Michael's, but if I get a copy of this book I am going to have to search for some more hoops!

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  30. I have a bunch of hoops from Michaels, but they're frequently getting swapped between different sewings...because I don't know how I should be showing things off!

    This looks perfect.

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  31. oh how fun! Just looking at this makes me want to get out a hoop and go nuts!

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  32. I would love to win a copy of this book! It's already on my wishlist. I usually buy hoops at Hobby Lobby, though I occasionally find larger ones or unusually shaped ones at thrift stores or yard sales.

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  33. Wow AWESOME giveaway! I am in love with hoop art!! I usually get mine from michaels but I'm now going to ave to find some different options if I win this book as I love the idea of using wood ones then decoupage over it or crochet!! I love having my crafts cross borders into other crafts ;-). Thanks for the chance!

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  34. I would love to win the book! I just started embroidery and got my 1st hoop with Sublime Stitching. I plan to get more hoops at Hobby Lobby, which is relatively near my apartment :)

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  35. Love hoops! I garner mine from craft stores, garage sales, some are from old kits I've had laying around. Love the zoo ones from the book!

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  36. i have been lucky to have been given a ton of cool embroidery hoops! this book looks amazing!

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  37. What a gorgeous book with some inspiring ideas! I could see myself making quite a few of these for gifts for friends, as well as for the little ones room. I am envious of those out there who can find hoops in thrift stores. It has been a while since I bought one here in Germany, and I know that I will have to traipse around the craft stores looking for them or find a good online source. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  38. That is a cute hoop! I have so far just bought hoops at a department store with a craft section, but there must be somewhere online I could get them cheaper!

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  39. What a great idea for a book!



    Michael's or Joann's for the cheapo ones -- they fit my budget better, and I can leave them plain for a "rustic" look or paint or wrap them if I want a specific color or texture.

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  40. I would love to win this! I scour the local thrift stores for unused hoops, I can usually find them in all different sizes for a great price! I want to use them with some projects from this cute book.

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  41. The book and the loop look great!

    I bought my embroidery loops at a very old and traditional shop here, in Porto, Portugal. The same place here I buy the fabric and the needles for all my projects. It is called Casa dos Forros, that means House of Lining.

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  42. I think all of the hoops in my stash were inherited from friends and family who no longer needed them!

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  43. I am loving the book and the hoop, I've been lucky in inheriting my hoops. I've been looking on line to purchase more. So many available at various prices, and of course I like to support my local haberdashery store.

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  44. What a fun looking book!
    I find most, if not all of my hoops at garage sales and thrift stores.
    I sometimes find those really old metal hoops. I love the industrial look they give.
    Gotta mix it up, right?

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  45. I have a lovely big stash of hoops which I find at car boot sales - bargain!

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  46. I mostly get hoops second-hand from thrift stores or Trademe (NZ's version of Ebay)...
    I am into traditional/folk embroideries, this sort of book is not the type I'd usually be interested in - but these designs are really cute!!! The idea of using a hoop for a wall pocket is genius.

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  47. How cute! I buy cheap wood ones for display at Joanns, ncie ones for function while stitching at a local embrodiery store.

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  48. I find my embroidery hoops at flea markets and yard sales for cheap. By now I have a big box full of them, so I really need to find a cool way to use them. I guess this book is the answer to it :)

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  49. I have found some in Op Shops but mostly from my local discount fabric store.

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  50. That giraffe is to die for! I get mine at the local Michael's just down the street. :)

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  51. What a sweet and cute book! Love all of these ideas!! I'm pretty boring about my hoops, I just get them from Michael's, usually. Oh, I found a bunch at the thrift store a few months ago! That was lucky c:

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  52. I get my hoops from a slightly dodgy store on the local market (perhaps not very classy, I know, but wonderfully affordable!)

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  53. I've got an amazing stash of hoops handed down from both my grans who were keen embroiderers

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  54. ebay is the best for good prices on unusual sizes (very big or small) - otherwise I just nip to John Lewis on my way to work, since it's handy. It costs more than online stores, but it works out once postage is paid.
    i just love this book - I was looking at a copy in Foyles the other day and added it straight to my christams list :)

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  55. Book looks awesome. Just bought 5 hoops in different sizes for 75 cents at a thrift store today

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  56. I've always had decent luck at second hand stores. :) such a fun book!

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  57. That book loos sooo cute! I have bought hoops from Joann Fabrics and heavy duty hoops from Hedgehog Handworks (online). It is great reading where everyone else finds hoops!

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  58. Lovely book! I adore hot air balloons - very nice hoop! I get many of my hoops from thrift stores and estate sales! Hobby Lobby has a good supply of them also in different sizes. Thanks!

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  59. Yard sales or if desperate walmart!

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  60. thrift stores! can't wait to get my hands on this book! thanks.

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  61. I'm reading everyone's answers, since I desperately need to find some hoops, such cute projects.

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  62. I buy the wooden ones from the big stores with coupons, friends give them to me too. So I have a collection, I am a cross stitcher and just like a painter I have my favorites, they use the bar to keep tight in the plastic circle.

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  63. I am completely new at hoops.. it is start to going practice to embroidery with hoops :) as this book is fantastic.

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  64. I pick all of mine up at thrift stores. I can usually get a bag with a variety of sizes for a couple of dollars or one hoop for 25-50 cents. I've had to put a stop on myself for awhile because I have so many!

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  65. I sell my cross stitch and embroidery on Etsy, so I need a pretty steady supply of hoops. Whenever I go to Michael's or JoAnn's to get fabric, their hoop inventory is pretty sparse. I've found 3 places online to order hoops: Beverly's, Consumer Crafts, and Create For Less. Lately I've been using Create for Less. I've never come across hoops in my thrift store travels--I'm jealous of you guys that can find them there!

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  66. I get my hoops at Hobby Lobby is i need them now, but I got a whole large set of them at the thrift up the street a few years ago. Total Score. :)

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  67. Charity shops are always hiding a few, so times you need to check with the staff as they keep them out of sight!

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  68. I always look out for hoops at charity shops, apart from them being cheaper I much prefer them with a slightly aged look. And this book looks amazing, I would love to win it, thanks for giving us all a chance.

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  69. I think I bought my last few at A.C. Moore since I can usually get a coupon and they're a little less expensive than JoAnn's. This book looks great and I have some small wooden hoops that need a purpose!

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  70. I have always found it super hard to find embroidery hoops - everywhere I look I can only find the same few round circles. Sublime Stitching (http://sublimestitching.com/) has a hoop package though that was a life saver. I'm so excited to see everyone's ideas on where to get hoops!

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  71. esty and ebay for the little ones and the metal, vintage ones. hedgehog handworks for the good wooded ones

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