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

IMPORTANT POSTAL INFO

All orders currently shipping as normal - shipping is WORLDWIDE from the UK.

EU CUSTOMERS: Please note that there will be additional VAT and service charges applicable on import to the European Union, due to changes made from 1st July 2021. These are NOT included in any prices on my website and will be charged to you when your order arrives.

(Updated 4th July 2021.)

Have you ever wanted to learn hand embroidery, but aren't sure where to start?

Then The Happy Stitch Project is just for you!

Learn 53 hand embroidery stitches at your own pace, with this FREE online course from Clare Albans at Hello! Hooray!

All video tutorials, templates, materials lists and instructions are included. Stitch this sampler, or a new mini project each week. Yay!

 

Sound good? CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

Haberdashery now open!

Come and shop in store in Lemington, Newcastle upon Tyne! My current opening hours are Saturdays 10am-3pm and Tuesdays 1-4pm.

Situated at 16 Tyne View, Lemington, we are ideally placed for public transport and will be wheelchair accessible too. The shop will be open two days a week at first, with the option to click and collect being available as well. For more info about the studio, click here.

My shop has been brought to life through Kickstarter - thank you so much to everyone who has made this dream a reality!

Click and collect is now available too!

Buy a copy of my book!

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

Treat yourself or a pal and order your copy today.

Exclusive kits to accompany the book are also available in my shop. Yay!

Latest blog posts

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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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.

#colourfulfunembroidery

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

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