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I really believe that it is so important to take time out to be creative, so here on my blog you will find lots of ideas of things to do in your creative time.

We spend so much of our lives focussing on our day jobs that we often miss out on time for making, but finding even small amounts of time to create something with our hands can have a big impact on our productivity and well-being.

Top 50 Embroidery Stitches with Love Embroidery Magazine | Hello! Hooray!

Top 50 Stitches with Love Embroidery

By Clare Albans / June 20, 2021 /

So today I’m really excited to tell you more about the recent big commission I was working on. It was this Top 50 Stitches booklet with Love Embroidery magazine, and it’s free with Issue 16 in July!

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Crafty Colour Palette #6 | Hello! Hooray!

Crafty Colour Palette #6

By Clare Albans / June 13, 2021 /

Crafty Colour Palette #6 is inspired by David Seaman’s amazing technicolour jerseys from Euro ’96. If you haven’t seen them, they are a sight to behold and they definitely don’t make them as cool as this anymore!

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Making it up as I go | Hello! Hooray!

Making it up as I go

By Clare Albans / May 14, 2021 /

If there’s one phrase that sums up how I currently feel about a lot of stuff it’s this one. Because I’m basically ‘making it up as I go’! It seemed like the perfect quote for this week in The Happy Stitch Project. It has resonated a lot with my Instagram followers too!

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Brick and cross stitch hoop | Hello! Hooray!

Brick and cross stitch hoop

By Clare Albans / May 7, 2021 /

This week in The Happy Stitch Project, we’re stitching a really fun pattern on this brick and cross stitch hoop. Yay! It’s simple to stitch and is actually really therapeutic once you get into it.

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Long and short stitch lettering | Hello! Hooray!

Long and short stitch lettering

By Clare Albans / April 30, 2021 /

This week in The Happy Stitch Project, we’re learning long and short stitch. It’s a beautiful stitch for shading, so you can achieve an ombre effect with different shades of the same colour, or blend different colours together. Our project this week is long and short stitch lettering, and I’ll show you how to stitch…

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Mastering the bullion knot | Hello! Hooray!

Mastering the bullion knot

By Clare Albans / April 23, 2021 /

This week in The Happy Stitch Project, we’ll be mastering the bullion knot! 💪 I tried these a couple of weeks ago and failed. It was so frustrating, and I thought that I might not ever be able to stitch them! But I’ve actually worked out why that is now (after a big discussion with…

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Adding Danish knots to the knot sampler | Hello! Hooray!

Adding Danish knots to the knot sampler

By Clare Albans / April 2, 2021 /

This week, we’re adding Danish knots to the knot sampler that we started last week in The Happy Stitch Project. They take a little practice, but once you’ve got the knack then you’ll be stitching them in no time!

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How to stitch a cable stitch | Hello! Hooray!

How to stitch a cable stitch

By Clare Albans / March 26, 2021 /

This week in The Happy Stitch Project, I’m showing you how to stitch a cable stitch. It’s a bit like stem stitch from week 8, but you alternate the sides of the loops when making the stitches and this gives a slightly thicker effect.

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Spring mandala with picot and tulip stitch | Hello! Hooray!

Spring mandala with picot and tulip stitch

By Clare Albans / March 19, 2021 /

This week’s hoop design for The Happy Stitch Project is a spring mandala with picot and tulip stitch, stitched in a gorgeous spring-inspired colour palette.

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Woven rose bouquet hoop | Hello! Hooray!

Woven rose bouquet hoop

By Clare Albans / March 12, 2021 /

What a week it has been. Everything feels really heavy at the moment doesn’t it? I said this last week in my newsletter too, but it still applies: it’s okay to take time out and switch off if you need to.

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Chain stitch spiral hoop | Hello! Hooray!

Chain stitch spiral hoop

By Clare Albans / March 5, 2021 /

We’re embracing a bit of freestyle design and stitching with this chain stitch spiral hoop! It’s a perfect project for using some of your loose ends (the useable bits of thread left over from other projects) and it’s so relaxing to stitch.

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How to stitch a star stitch | Hello! Hooray!

How to stitch a star stitch

By Clare Albans / February 26, 2021 /

After three weeks of stitching this hoop together, this week I’ll show you how to stitch a star stitch in The Happy Stitch Project so we can finish this lovely, motivational hoop!

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How to stitch a stem stitch with The Happy Stitch Project | Hello! Hooray!

How to stitch a stem stitch

By Clare Albans / February 19, 2021 /

  This week in The Happy Stitch Project, we’re learning how to stitch a stem stitch. I’m wondering why I haven’t learnt this one before to be honest, as it’s such a lovely stitch! Here it is in red on the sampler designed by Helen from @unicornfactoryuk – you can download it here.

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Do Your Thing embroidered hoop | Hello! Hooray!

Do your thing embroidered hoop

By Clare Albans / February 12, 2021 /

It’s week 7 of The Happy Stitch Project, and this week we’re starting to stitch something that we’ll work on next week and the week after as well. The Do Your Thing embroidered hoop uses arrowhead stitch to fill in the letters, so we’ll be stitching that this week in some beautiful pastel shades.

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You don't have to be an expert to be creative | Hello! Hooray!

You don’t have to be an expert to be creative

By Clare Albans / February 11, 2021 /

In the world of the perfectly curated social media feed (we’re looking at you, Instagram!), I wanted to talk about something that I really feel strongly about in today’s post: you don’t have to be an expert to be creative.

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Herringbone stitch ombre heart hoop | Hello! Hooray!

Herringbone stitch ombre heart hoop

By Clare Albans / February 5, 2021 /

Love is in the air in week 6 of The Happy Stitch Project, as we’re stitching this super cute herringbone stitch ombre heart hoop! I love the effect of ombre colours, and it’s something that I come back to time and again because it’s just so effective.

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The Magic of the to-done list | Hello! Hooray!

The magic of the to-done list

By Clare Albans / January 30, 2021 /

I discovered the magic of the to-done list a while back, but throughout life in lockdown it has helped me even more. I’d like to share it with you today, as it will hopefully be something that helps you too.

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Fern stitch wreath hoop | Hello! Hooray!

Fern stitch wreath hoop

By Clare Albans / January 29, 2021 /

In week 5 of The Happy Stitch Project we’re learning fern stitch. This is the first new stitch that I’ve learnt for the project, and I’ve designed this fern stitch wreath hoop for you to create something simple but beautiful. Add your own text or design in the centre to customise it!

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Adding French knots to the geo hoop | Hello! Hooray!

Adding French knots to the geo hoop

By Clare Albans / January 26, 2021 /

    I’m a little bit late with this post for week 4 of The Happy Stitch Project – I’m so sorry! Life is just really hectic at the moment, which is ironic considering we’re in lockdown and aren’t going anywhere…but the juggle is very real! Anyway, this week we’re adding French knots to the…

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Anchor to DMC thread conversion chart | Hello! Hooray!

Anchor to DMC thread conversion chart

By Clare Albans / January 15, 2021 /

The Anchor to DMC thread conversion chart is here – yay! I compiled a DMC to Anchor version last summer, and this has been on the to-do list for a while. It will be super handy if you’re joining in with The Happy Stitch Project!

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Link stitch geometric hoop | Hello! Hooray!

Link stitch geometric hoop

By Clare Albans / January 15, 2021 /

This link stitch geometric hoop is the perfect project to practice your link stitches! It is designed to be something to work on over time, and I know you’re going to love seeing the geometric pattern build as you add more stitches.

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Customised denim jacket from Colourful Fun Embroidery | Hello! Hooray!

Customised denim jacket

By Clare Albans / January 8, 2021 /

This customised denim jacket is a project from my book, Colourful Fun Embroidery, and it is the perfect project for week 2 of The Happy Stitch Project!

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Happy Stitch hoop templates | Hello! Hooray!

Happy Stitch hoop templates

By Clare Albans / January 7, 2021 /

The Happy Stitch Project is in full swing, and in today’s post I’m sharing these Happy Stitch hoop templates with permission from Helen from @unicornfactoryuk!

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Sprinkles hoop for The Happy Stitch Project | Hello! Hooray!

Sprinkles hoop for The Happy Stitch Project

By Clare Albans / January 2, 2021 /

This Sprinkles Hoop is the first design for The Happy Stitch Project and I really hope that you enjoy making it to practice the first two stitches, straight stitch and back stitch.

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A little bit about me and my blog

I have certainly found that being creative has helped to improve my mental health over the past few years. I find that when I have the space to take time out to be creative, I feel like I am working on something positive for me. Craft can't fix everything, but it certainly makes me feel good!

 

I am passionate about being creative with my children as well as working on my own projects, so some of my posts will discuss how we juggle our family time with running a small business and everything else in between.

 

Do feel free to get in touch, either by commenting on a post or by completing the contact form.

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