Today is my stop during the 3rd annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds!
My book choice is Hoop La! : 100 Things to Do with Embroidery Hoops by Kirsty Neale.
This book is full of ADORABLE ideas for making hoops and all are small projects. I’m a beginner at embroidery and I chose this book as a way to practice my skills and end up with something cute to hang around the house.
Now, when I say adorable, I mean seriously so so cute. Pretty much every single one is something I would love to make and that’s hard to say about 100 projects. Well done Kirsty!
The projects combine embroidery and appliqué along with lots of creative ideas for embellishing your hoop from wood staining to crochet.
At the end of the book there are instructions and photos for embroidery stitches, how to crochet and tips on appliquéing. Pretty much everything a beginner needs.
I chose to make 1 of the hoops from a 3 part series called ‘What’s Cooking”(shown below).
This project combines fused appliqué and embroidery. I would have never thought to combine the two and it really adds such a fun dimension to the finished project.
My stitches are far from perfect, but the process was relaxing and I enjoyed having a project that could travel easily with me.
If you think you’d like to try out some of the hoops, leave a comment and I’ll draw (2) winners and send you an e-book version of Hoop La! Open to US and International readers. Open until Friday, Sept 6th at noon EST.
There are also giveaways all month long when you link up a project made from a craft book. Details on the hop and contest below:
Monday 9/2: Fabric Mutt / LRstitched
Tuesday 9/3: Stitch This! The Martingale Blog / Stitched in Color
Wednesday 9/4: Fabric Seeds / Pile O Fabric
Thursday 9/5: The Feisty Redhead / Rae Gun Ramblings
Friday 9/6: Sew-Fantastic / Clover + Violet
Saturday 9/7: A Prairie Sunrise / Small Town Stitcher
To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you’ve made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You’ll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc.
1) One entry per person.
2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2013.
3) Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2013 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.
4) All winners chosen via Random.org. Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!
Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you’ll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!
No time to make a project? You can also follow Craft Buds all month long for your chance to comment and win some new sewing and quilting books for your library.