Colourful Fun Embroidery (ePub)
Featuring 24 modern projects to bring joy and happiness to your life!
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!
Colourful, Fun Embroidery is a great guide for anyone beginning crewel or tambour embroidery. It's filled with small projects that can easily be completed in a few hours or an afternoon, with a few longer projects tossed in.NetGalley, CATHY CARTER
I was very impressed with the clear, easily followed instructions. Complete material lists are included for each project, and a list of general supplies are also included. This would be an excellent book to use as an introduction to embroidery for a young child (I would suggest it for ages 5 and up).
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Mary Antzak
The author is really in tune with those who make all kinds of crafts. Encouraging us through harder embroidery to tryout while knowing mistakes will be made. Plus ways to embroider even when you have little time. Ms. Albans showcases many unique ways to be creative with your embroidery that aren’t very difficult to make. Pictures are helpful as well as the list of supplies needed for each project. Even though published in Great Britain, supplies are given both in metric and standard.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Nikoleta Nutley
Colourful Fun Embroidery is exactly what the title says. Bright and fun designs with tidbits on creativity and stitching tips to keep your creativity levels up.
While i love instructional craft books I love them even more when they have a thought out theme that makes it stand out from the large array of books that are already available. Our theme here is, of course, creativity but also mindfulness within that. It's about finding ways to foster your creativity to grow it and give into it. Sometimes you're just not feeling it and this is a great place to start for if you're looking for a pick me up. Even just looking through the photos and getting inspiration is enough to get me to want to start making something!
I'm a very creative person and I've heard a lot of the advice in this book before but sometimes it's really nice to just read something written by another creative and then also immediately be thrown into lots of beautiful projects. Sometimes it's also very nice to be reminded that creativity is not a race and it will come to you when it comes to you. You don't need to do everything right now, tomorrow is another day.
I would consider all of these very beginner friendly projects and if you're more advanced you may not learn anything new from this book but the beauty of this book is in its simplicity. These are very simple projects but there is so much room for adding your own custom flair to them. This book is separated into three main parts so you can quickly find a project for you:
Crafternoons - These would be very quick projects that you can easily pick up and finish in a few hours.
Medium Makes - These are projects that will take a bit longer to create, probably a couple of days without pushing yourself.
Pick me up - My favourite category. These are more freestyle experimental projects that I think more experienced crafters will enjoy the most because they act more like a starting point.
Each project is easily customizable and includes a great breakdown of each tool you'll need as well as stitch tips specific to that project. All instructions are very easy to follow and you could go into this with very limited knowledge and get a lot out of it.
While I do love displaying embroidery on walls I really love that there are lots of different options, there's pin cushions, wearables, and you can of course customize anything in this book to be a more "useful" item for those of us who are running out of wall space.
My personal favourite project is the Clamshell Patchwork Hoop which I already have a lot of ideas on how to expand for myself.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Charise Smith
I have been embroidering off and on since I was a child. I have searched for new, fresh ideas that will appeal to a younger generation (i.e., my daughter). The tips and tricks in here are great and laid out in the front so you know what you can do with your project and supplies to get started. I like that there are quick easy projects to do in a "crafternoon". These included a few techniques I have never seen such as the "Loose Ends Project". I also love the projects incorporating English Paper Piecing techniques to appear to a wider variety of audiences. Also, I saw a few projects that would make priceless gifts for my children's teachers. Overall, this is the embroidery book I've been searching for to freshen up and stretch my embroidery skills.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Heather Hitchcock
This is a super cute embroidery book. The instructions are clear and basic enough for beginners. I love the bright colors and fun projects.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Monique Drost
Colourful Fun Embroidery by Clare Albans is exactly what the title promises: colourful and fun! I looooove color and for me it can’t be bright enough, and this book is totally my style, bright colors are used in a stylish way, not too busy on the eye, exactly right. All the happy quotes and rainbows are guaranteed to put a smile to your face! I love all the projects, which looks very modern and hip, there is a lot of “handlettering” used in the stitchery and geometrical shapes, which will speak to a lot of people, especially younger people like me (I still like to think I’m 20 instead of 33). Clare explains all the basics really well, and also covers some subjects like stitching on stretchy fabrics (like a shirt), and denim, which I haven’t seen explained before to be honest. She also uses other techniques like felt and a little sewing and patchwork, all in a very easy way (though I have to mention as a quilter I think the methods for the clamshells are a bit questionable... there are better and easier ways, but this is not a quilt book and it should probably work). I like how she uses stitchery to sew small projects too, instead of using the sewing machine. I prefer that myself, too. But that#’s also a minor detail. I love how she showed how to create an hombre (like blending one color into another), and other cool techniques that are very easy to do but the effect is so lovely! And she showed things that I never thought of before, so I’ll definitely be looking at my stitchery with new eyes. And I want to make all the projects.
Clare Albans promises 24 fun projects, suitable for beginners and experienced crafters; some that can be finished in one afternoon, others might take a little longer. That is exactly what you get with this book.NetGalley, Julia Guttzeit
Each design includes detailed step-by-step instructions, not to mention that the book offers a section on the basic steps, embroidery stitches and material needed to finish these projects.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Maartje Witteveen
Colorful Fun Embroidery by Clare Albans is just what the title says: Colorful and fun. The bright pictures made me want to get out my threads and try my hand at embroidering instead of my usual crossstitching.
There’s a large variety of projects, from decorative hoops to clothing decoration, which are divided by project length, so you can pick a project from a section of the book that suits the amount of free time you have.
With a clear list of materials from every projects, as well as resources and a guide of basic stitches, this book is great for beginners, but with its fantastic photos it also makes a great inspirational guide for more experienced embroiderers.
So easy to understand- as a novice sewer I was able to follow the directions with ease and learn a new skill.NetGalley, Lesley Elder
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Catherine Alessandri
This is a beginners book on how to incorporate embroidery into your craft work. There are lots of basic craft ideas and modern projects, accompanied with detailed instructions to complete them successfully. The designs also can be used to decorate clothing and home decor. This colorful book is beautifully illustrated with clear step-by-step instructions. The author thoughtfully organized the projects by how much time was needed to complete them.
The author also provides a list of sources for craft supplies and resources to go forward with the craft. The templates she used for the project designs are also provided. Someone new to embroidery will find encouragement and success as they complete the projects. In Colorful Fun Embroidery, Clare Albans has created a book that provides us with fresh look at embroidery and provides whimsical projects that will encourage crafters to start embroidering!
This is a really cute and fun embroidery book with some fantastic embroidery ideas and projects that are modern, cute and can accessorise your bags, clothes, rooms etc.NetGalley, Natalie Horman
Each embroidery project gives easy to follow step by step instructions with photos too and each project shows you which colour threads to use.
At the back of the book are the templates the author used in her book to make her embroidery pieces and a list of suppliers.
A fantastic first book from Clare Albans, can't wait to see what projects she does next!
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Andrea McHugh
This is a delightful book, which would be suitable for beginners and those more experienced with embroidery.
I particularly like how the book is organised into projects based on time to complete. There are projects that can be completed in an afternoon, as well as longer term and more challenging projects. Many of them are text based - hoops with some sort of message - but they can be easily changed and the possibilities for personalising them are endless. I have been sewing a long time, but there were several small projects here that I hadn't thought of or seen before and I will definitely be making. Instructions are clear throughout.
This would make a perfect gift for anyone new to embroidery or looking for inspiration.
I love the variety of designs in this book and the photographs are beautiful and inspiring. There is definitely a design here to suit everyone and every style!NetGalley, Naomi Clarke
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Jenny Kearney
The 24 projects are exactly what it says on the cover of the book – colourful and fun. The front cover of the book is really appealing and I think any of the projects would make a great little ‘pick me up’ projects. I’ve bookmarked a few to make as I can’t resist a banner or hoop project!
Quarantine hit me hard and left me feeling jittery and cooped up in my house, so what else was I to do as a bored girl in her late 20s to do but take up the hobbies or an 80-year-old and it was amazing. I've been struggling with some of the advanced stitches and this book laid them out really well. I've also been wondering how I could move from pre-printed patterns to make my own and I'm excited to start transferring my own designs to fabric to embroider. Albans lays out easy projects to help build your skills and shows the next step up if you want to reach for something totally new.NetGalley, Lindsey Collins
Colorful Fun Embroidery contains a roundup of fun, cheery, and, well, colorful embroidery projects ranging from the beginner level to more time and skill intensive. I've worked from a bunch of modern embroidery books with a similar setup, but this particular book stands out as the most upbeat. I loved the variety of projects, from necklaces to brooches to clothing. There are a lot of creative ideas in here that embroiderers of all skill levels can enjoy. The instructions themselves are easy to understand, with tons of detailed, helpful photos showing the process. The stitch guide in the back is always important to include, and I really liked the suppliers guide as well... this is a pretty fun embroidery book that has some innovative projects and will delight lovers of the rainbow for sure.NetGalley, Lindsey Feist
I do some embroidery and like more modern, easy to do projects, so this is a really good choice for me.NetGalley, Joanna Pearl
There are some really nice ideas - I particularly like the rainbow adornment to the neck of the Breton top and the Ouch speech bubble pincushion.
The instructions are practical and simple and there are plenty of tips for someone at my level - for example, on using interface.
I sometimes find projects twee but these are actually quite cute.
No project is too difficult but some will be more time-consuming than others, such as the banners.
Recommended for the not-too-advanced stitcher with an eye for colourful projects.
Clear instructions and nice photos with a nice range of projects. The projects are also nicely organized by how long they take. I also enjoyed that there were alternate suggestions for how to make the project your own and for other uses for the designs. Overall a very nice book for someone looking to learn basic embroidery or to try out some new projects.NetGalley, Claire Williams
I couldn't help smiling as I read through this book. The use of colour certainly helps. This is a lovely book that contains a number of projects that will help build your skills and creativity. After working your way through the designs in this book I know that you will have the confidence to branch out into your own designs.NetGalley, Colette Brennan
The projects in the book seem ideal for the beginner or someone who is used to buying kits and helps them break into the next level.
This was a lovely and easy to read/understand guide on how to do embroidery. I liked that the projects came first, with the techniques being placed to the back of the book, which is unusual, I think. It makes you want to jump in and do the project straight away.NetGalley, Mila Taylor
Whimsical, fun, and happy projects are well illustrated and explained. The color combinations are adorable and I thank the author for sharing her ideas. I can't wait to get started on the alphabet nursery picture!NetGalley, Judy T
These were really sweet and enjoyable little projects. Thankfully this medium is very forgiving and you don’t have to shell out a fortune in order to do it. Just an embroidery ring, some cloth and some thread and for under £5 you can make something truly beautiful that is essentially you and looks good either on the wall of as a gift.NetGalley, Lydia Timpson
Colorful Fun Embroidery does pretty well exactly what the title says. There are lot of projects arranged by skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced). There's a good variety of design style (modern, traditional, creative) and project type (wearable, wall art, home dec). The photos and instructions are clear, and the embroidery glossary is well set up.NetGalley, Pat R
I'd give this a 4 - 4.5, it's good for beginners and more experienced craftspeople as well.
This book contains many great designs that are great for both intermediate embroiderers as well as some easier ones for beginners. I would recommend this for anyone interested in embroidery!NetGalley, Jasmine Martin
This book has really cute and lovely projects and there is a full range from quick ones to more complicated ones. The best part of these is that you don't have to go and learn different stitches, you can jump in and do many of these with just the basic stitch. The projects are all colorful and very fun... If you've wanted to embroider but weren't sure where to start, this is an excellent book to grab.NetGalley, Karen Grunberg
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Katie Smith
A really refreshing, bright and modern book introducing the art of embroidery through fun, colourful and trendy designs. This would be a great starter book for anyone who has never picked up a needle and thread but would like to try, and an ideal treat for more experienced crafters who might want to explore a different craft or get ideas for embroidery.
I'm a big crafter myself but embroidery is something I've not done much of, but this book has given me some ideas to get started!!
The projects are all explained step by step with gorgeous colour photographs making it simple to get going!
Cheerful, colorful contemporary projects for the new-to-embroidery people, especially the eight to college age set. The author's encouragement and excitement for her craft of choice is very evident.NetGalley, Ruth Rowell
This is a beautifully photographed book and is a great companion book for any embroiderer. Each project tells you how to do the stitches and what DMC floss color to use to create the replica.NetGalley, Laurie Wilson
Colourful Fun Embroidery: Featuring 24 Modern Projects to Bring Joy and Happiness to Your Life! By Clare Albans is an inspiring book full of very colorful embroidery projects. During this time in our collective lives who couldn’t use a little happiness in their life.NetGalley, Doreen Gabriellini
I feel this would be a good book for early/beginning embroiderers. Every project uses one of four basic stitches which allows the stitcher to become efficient through familiarity. There are projects done in a hoop, on clothing, a little felt cake topper decoration, bags, and clocks.
Each project lists all the materials needed and suggests ways to make each project it your own. If you are a visual learner there are tons of photos.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Leyla Johnson
Twenty four very clever, modern and easily made projects made with embroidery for all skill and time levers. The projects include clever designs to upcycle/decorate clothing, make little brooches,. labels and home decorations. The stitches are mainly satin stitch, straight stitch, back stitch and french knots. The designs have templates but also encourages one to make the project their own - all the directions are well illustrated and explained. I am not a great fan of displaying item on the hoop, but there would plenty of imaginative other ways to use these designers with great results. There are lots of projects I want to do and can't wait to make a start.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Eve Witherington
In this cool embroidery book, we get to see how a new hobby can become a passion as Clare teaches us the basics and gives us ideas how we too can get started in crafting some fab new things from accessories to slogans on jumpers the projects are simple but effective ways to customize your own things uniquely!
This would be a great book for a beginner or just to inspire a craft fan even more!
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 starsNetGalley, Mlee Back
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.
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 crafterNetGalley, jc Cross
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Kat LeFevre
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.
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 starsNetGalley, Ellie Hall
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.
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.NetGalley, Stacie Helm
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.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Erin Childs
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!
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Lazy Cornish Cat (Mina) Searle
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.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Lucy Smith
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.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars starsNetGalley, Stacy Olson
"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!
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Sarah Oliver
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!
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 starsNetGalley, Janet McMahon
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.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Susie Ford
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.
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.NetGalley, Macarena R.V.
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.