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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

All orders shipping as normal - see individual listings for estimates. 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!

CHRISTMAS POST DATES: My last day for posting orders is Friday 15th December - orders placed after 12 noon on this date will be posted out from Wednesday 3rd January 2024.

(Updated 20th November 2023.)

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

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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Making our wedding invitations (part 1)

Making our wedding invitations (part 1)

15 October 2012 |

I’m so excited about our wedding next year, and what makes it even more exciting is that we’re designing and making a lot of things together. We’ve been talking about getting married for a long time now so we have a good idea of the kind of things we’d like to have, but it’s always…

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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!

#colourfulfunembroidery

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

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