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Colourful Fun Embroidery (Paperback)

Featuring 24 modern projects to bring joy and happiness to your life!

Photographic Books Colour Books Arts and Crafts White Owl

By Clare Albans
Imprint: White Owl
Series: Crafts
Pages: 136
Illustrations: 150 colour
ISBN: 9781526753854
Published: 30th August 2020

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Take time out to be creative and de-stress with these colourful, fun embroidery projects from Hello! Hooray! Ranging from things you could complete in an afternoon to others that you can take your time over, enjoy every step of the making process as you focus on feeling good through being creative. The finished makes will bring colour and joy to your home, workspace and wardrobe.

The projects in this book allow you to craft your creative time by selecting makes according to timescale. Choose one of the ‘crafternoon makes’ if you want that sense of joy at finishing something, a ‘medium makes’ project for the days where you have a little more time for crafting, or for something to really take your time over you could stitch one of the longer ‘pick me up’ projects.

Each project includes step-by-step instructions, beautiful photos and inspirational ideas for how to make each project your own. So take time to be creative with this colourful, feel-good craft book!

A fun and easy to follow embroidery book. Lots of easy projects, mainly words in hoops, banners, pins, etc. If you want a book that has quick and easy gifts, this is the one to have. Would also be a good kid or beginner book. Would recommend.

NetGalley, Kaye Temanson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful photos, step by step instructions and templates for you to emulate the same designs, this book is a great introduction to embroidery. I feel inspired to have a go and I already have a project in mind! Written with children in mind, this is a book that adults and children could use alike.

NetGalley, Mlee Back

This is a cute project book for colorful embroidery projects. Typical projects are embroidered hoops with cheery sayings, embroidered designs on clothes and little felt cake toppers. Each project lists materials and ways to make it your own, plus lots of photos of the steps.

NetGalley, Alicia Bayer

Lovely bright colourful book brimming with exciting ideas. It is full of a variety of modern up to date projects that can be easily adapted to suit your own tastes. I particularly like the geometric design. Most of the projects are fairly easy so it is suitable for beginners. The instructions are well laid out and are very clear. Overall a lovely vibrant book to browse through that would make a lovely gift for a crafter

NetGalley, jc Cross

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Many times when I pick up a craft book I'll immediately flip through to the projects, looking for something that grabs me. This book definitely did that! There were at least three projects that made me want to immediately grab my embroidery supplies (the cake bunting one is my favorite!), and every time I look through the book I find another project that catches my eye.

Full of bright colors and projects that range from standard in-the-hoop designs to patches, jewelry, and embellishments on ready-to-wear clothes, there are projects that appeal to a wide range of ages, skill levels, and experience. The projects are divided into three chapters, based on approximately how long the projects might take to finish. With only a small number of stitches it's easy to start stitching and the instructions guide you through finishing the project as well as the stitching.

NetGalley, Kat LeFevre

Colorful Fun Embroidery is a great book for beginning embroiderers who want tips and ideas for getting started. Every project in the book uses four basic stitches - running stitch, back stitch, satin stitch, and straight stitch - which makes even the larger projects more accessible to the novice stitcher. The name of the book is very apt - all of the projects are bright and colorful, often featuring a motivational phrase of some kind. I can easily see all of them brightening up a space or brightening your day when you come across them. I appreciated that the book was divided by how much time each project would take on average - it puts the easiest projects that provide instant gratification at the beginning with the more complex and time-consuming projects at the end. It makes the projects feel instantly accessible... All in all, this was a great introduction to a wide range of projects using a simple repertoire of stitches.

NetGalley, Lauren Kell

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a lovely colourful book with ideas for all levels. I had some threads hanging around, so made on of the crafternoon projects in an hour or so, and I’ve started on one of the longer projects. This will be a much used book.

NetGalley, Ellie Hall

This book is a how to book on 24 embroidery projects and embroidery in general. The author has the projects broken out into 3 sections. The first is “Crafternoons“ which she describes as being able to be made in an afternoon. The second group is called “Medium Makes” which she defines as projects that may take you a few days to complete. The final section is “Pick Me Up Projects.” These are projects she states one can take their time on and enjoy.

I came to this book having not embroidered for many years. I have recently picked it back up again. The sections on how to embroider and work with patterns was a good refresher for me. I like the section headings she gave. I felt like I knew what to expect going in and they all seemed appropriate. I will definitely be trying some of these projects. One thing I felt particularly helpful is that she gives you ideas on how to make each project your own rather than just her way.

NetGalley, Stacie Helm

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A fun book of inspirational ideas and patterns! I love that the creative ideas range from beginner to more advanced. The geometric hoop pattern is beautiful - can't wait to try that one first!

NetGalley, Erin Childs

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

As a novice, this book appealed as an introduction to embroidery.

I liked how the craft projects were divided up (Crafternoons, Medium Makes and Pick me up projects).

I think my favourite project was the Long Player 7” hoop project although all the projects appealed .

Each project includes an introduction, you are given details of the materials needed plus comments and finishing tips on the project by the author. The instructions are easy to follow and there is picture guidance too.
I also liked the “Make it your own” tips.

Book also contains a stitch guide, material list and templates.

I think this would make the perfect gift for a crafting friend or if you want to try something new.

NetGalley, Lazy Cornish Cat (Mina) Searle

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was a really cute guide with lots of inspiration for different projects that I would love to try. All of the templates are at the end of the book which is awesome. Super helpful and inspirational art book.

NetGalley, Lucy Smith

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars stars

"Colourful Fun Embroidery" by Clare Albans would be a joy to have in your crafting library! I love the upbeat, cheerful projects in this book. Just looking at them make me smile. I have only ever done a couple of embroidery projects, but I was once an avid cross-stitcher. Now I am a knitter, but the embroidery projects in this book speak to me, so I'm definitely going to try them!

NetGalley, Stacy Olson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Loved this!
Beautifully presented- full of bright, fun and modern embroidery - I can not wait to start on some of these projects myself! Broken up into projects by length but someone brand new to embroidery could easily start any and a pro would find fun inspiration!

NetGalley, Sarah Oliver

The title says everything you need to know about the book - it contains patterns and instructions on how to make colourful and fun embroidery. While many other embroidery books just focus on patterns, this book also provides instructions on how to think-outside-the-hoop to make banners, cake toppers, and how to embroidery on clothing. All the projects are super fun and colourful, exactly like the title says!

NetGalley, Marloes Bornebroek

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A lovely inspiring embroidery book that is ideal for beginners and more accomplished embroidered alike. Projects are sorted on the basis of time required to complete, starting with afternoon projects and ending with more time-consuming ones. As the title of the book suggests, the emphasis with all of the projects is the use of colour to create something fun. There are no rigid rules and many of the projects suggest ways to customise your work. The introduction is thoughtful and draws attention to the mindfulness aspects of embroidery as well as the fun of creativity. The guidance given for each project is clear and well set out. The projects themselves are highly original and very modern.
Lots of inspiration and a beautiful book.

NetGalley, Janet McMahon

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic book, especially as a beginner. It talks you through the basics and has lots of simple idea’s to start with. It’s made me feel inspired to have a go.

NetGalley, Susie Ford

The title says everything you need to know about the book - it contains patterns and instructions on how to make colorful and fun embroidery. While many other embroidery books just focus on patterns, this book also provides instructions on how to think-outside-the-hoop to make banners, cake toppers, and how to embroidery on clothing. All the projects are super fun and colorful, exactly like the title says!

NetGalley, Sarah Wexler

Lovely, original, and very well explained projects.

The book is divided into 3 chapters. Those are sorted according to the time the projects might need to be finished.

The stitches used in every projects are basic, such as straight stitch, back stitch, satin stitch, and French knots. There is a section, at the end of the book, where those stitches are clearly explained.

All the templates of the projects can be found at the end of the book.

NetGalley, Macarena R.V.

About Clare Albans

Clare Albans is a mama, maker and blogger living in Newcastle upon Tyne. A musician and teacher by trade, she found a creative outlet from her day job in crafting and now making is a huge part of her life. She started her blog, Hello! Hooray! in 2012 to share a variety of craft projects as well as recipes and lifestyle posts. Since becoming a mum in 2016 she has found a new focus and passion for embroidery, although Hello! Hooray! still encompasses all of her creative endeavours. Hello! Hooray! has been featured in publications such as Craftseller magazine, and Bibelot Magazine (by author Chloe Owens) and Clare has also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. In 2020, Clare began working on Hello! Hooray! full-time, and now teaches embroidery workshops in and around Newcastle, as well as selling her patterns, kits and stitched items on her website. She is passionate about sharing the joys of hand embroidery and encouraging people to take time out to be creative!

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