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!
Dandy Lion / Stitch This Way
Little Red / Pick Pockets
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!