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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.


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

Please note that any orders placed between 10th and 31st August 2022 will be sent out from 1st September, as I'm taking a break.

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!




This has been a really difficult decision, but I am closing the physical shop in Lemington. Thank you for all of your support, it is very much appreciated!

I will still be trading online, but here are the remaining opening days and times if you want to shop in person:

Tuesday 26th July: 1-4
Saturday 30th July: 10-3
Tuesday 2nd August: 1-4
Saturday 6th August: 10-3
Tuesday 9th August: CLOSED
Saturday 13th August: 10-3
Find us at 16 Tyne View, Lemington NE15 8RA. For more info about the studio, click here.


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

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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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.


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

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Follow me @hellohoorayblog on Instagram for behind the scenes photos and more!

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