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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 blog and shop you will find lots of ideas of how to bring creativity into your own life too.

IMPORTANT POSTAL INFO

I am moving into my new studio this week! Please note that all orders placed between Friday 2nd April and Sunday 11th April will be posted w/b 12th April.

INTERNATIONAL POST IS NOW AVAILABLE! Thank you so much for your patience.

(Updated 2nd April 2021.)

My new book is here!

Colourful Fun Embroidery features 24 modern hand embroidery projects to bring joy and happiness to your life!

It will be released on 30th October 2020, but you can preorder your copy today!

Exclusive book and kit bundles are also available in my shop. Yay!

Latest blog posts

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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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?

Book your one-to-one lesson or a place on one of my workshops here, or buy a kit.

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

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