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Making it up as I go | Hello! Hooray!

Making it up as I go

14 May 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

07 May 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

30 April 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

23 April 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

02 April 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

26 March 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

19 March 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

12 March 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

05 March 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

26 February 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

19 February 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

12 February 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

11 February 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

05 February 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

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

Customised denim jacket

08 January 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

07 January 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

02 January 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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The Happy Stitch Project | Hello! Hooray!

The Happy Stitch Project

01 January 2021 /

Welcome to The Happy Stitch Project! I’m so excited to be launching today – yay! This whole project basically came about when I got stuck in a creative rut a couple of months ago, and I knew that I wanted to come up with something to get me out of it. It was during a…

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Transferring designs onto fabric with vellum paper | Hello! Hooray!

Transferring designs onto fabric with vellum paper

06 October 2020 /

Transferring designs onto fabric with vellum paper is a great permanent method. It works with a heat transfer pen, so I’ll show you how!

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Crafty Colour Palette #5 | Hello! Hooray!

Crafty Colour Palette #5

09 August 2020 /

It has been a long, long time since I put together a new colour palette! I had such a lot of fun creating Crafty Colour Palette #5, which is inspired by my garden.

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Introducing Colourful Fun Embroidery | Hello! Hooray!

Introducing Colourful Fun Embroidery!

11 July 2020 /

I am so excited to be sharing this post today. Introducing Colourful Fun Embroidery – my first book! 

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Hello! Hooray! creative manifesto

13 July 2018 /

  For the last couple of years, the Hello! Hooray! creative manifesto has been living in the notes pages of my iPhone. 

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Crafty colour palette #1 | Hello! Hooray!

Crafty Colour Palette #1

13 May 2017 /

Crafty Colour Palette #1 had to be what originally inspired my new project. 

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