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Welcome to Hello! Hooray! - a blog about the things I love to make and do. My name is Clare Albans, and I am a mama, maker and author living in Newcastle upon Tyne. I am passionate about living a creative life, and hope that through my website you will find lots of ideas of how to bring creativity into your own life too.

IMPORTANT POSTAL INFO

ORDERS PLACED BETWEEN MIDDAY ON 30TH APRIL AND MONDAY 6TH MAY WILL BE POSTED OUT FROM TUESDAY 7TH MAY 2024.

Shipping is from Newcastle upon Tyne to everywhere in the UK.

Please note that due to rising costs and new rules, I am no longer posting internationally. I am so sorry!

(Updated 30th April 2024.)

Preorder my new book!

The Modern Embroidery Handbook features step-by-step instructions for over 70 hand embroidery stitches plus 20 modern projects.

Treat yourself or a pal and preorder your copy today.

Exclusive kits to accompany the book will also available in my shop very soon. Yay!

Latest blog posts

A very versatile lamb recipe

25 October 2012 |

This is a great recipe for mince and dumplings and it is one of our household favourites. The reason it is versatile is because you can create several different meals simply by substituting a few ingredients. If you use lamb mince and substitute the dumplings for mashed potato the recipe becomes Shepherd’s Pie, or substitute the lamb for beef mince and top with…

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Bake your own bread | Hello! Hooray!

Bake your own bread

20 October 2012 |

Bake your own bread Today was the first Saturday that I’ve been at home for a few weeks, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to bake some bread. I think that some people are put off making it because they think it might take too long or that it might be too…

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A bit of Doodle Stitching

18 October 2012 |

I absolutely LOVE Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching books. Until a couple of years ago I hadn’t really sewn anything, let alone tried my hand at embroidery! But these books are so accessible and the designs are beautiful, and I’d highly recommend them to anyone whether you’re a beginner or a pro.

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Hello! Hooray! nominated for another Amara blog award!

I was delighted to be nominated for an Amara blog award for the second year running in 2019. Thank you to whoever nominated me in the 'Best Creative & Skill' category.

Have you ever wanted to learn hand embroidery?

Then you've come to the right place! Start with my book and sign up my free course #TheHappyStitchProject!

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You'll find everything you need to stitch your own #colourfulfunembroidery in my online haberdashery!

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