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Retro floral felt hoop tutorial with Bibelot Magazine

My latest creative project went live yesterday – it’s a retro floral felt hoop tutorial with Bibelot MagazineI really wanted to design something that fits in with their style, and so I thought a retro-themed project would be perfect. The patterns of the 60s and 70s provided the main inspiration when I began to design this 8″ hoop. What I really love is the textures of the layers of felt, and the colour combination is inspired by retro colours too. Everything is hand cut and had stitched, but if you’ve got a snazzy cutting machine then you could use that instead.

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The felt that I used is made from recycled plastic bottles, so it’s vegan-friendly and good for the environment too! I was really surprised at the selection of colours – they are so vibrant, and the felt is lovely to work with. It was important for me to work with materials which fit with the ethos of the magazine, and together with the design I think it compliments it well (I hope you agree with me!). You’ll find all the details along with downloadable templates on the Bibelot Magazine website. If you missed my interview with them a few weeks ago, you can read that here.

A really big thank you to Chloe Owens and Bibelot Magazine for featuring my work. I have been a big fan of Chloe’s for a really long time, so it feels amazing to have created this retro floral felt hoop with Bibelot Magazine in mind.

For more creative inspiration you can check out the crafting category on my blog. And do let me know if you have a go at making this project – I’d love to know how you got on, and to see your brilliant design of course!


Post updated 12th February 2020.

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  1. Tobia | craftaliciousme on December 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Hey Clare,
    this looks so fun and happy. And the design really give of the vibe of the 70s.
    Happy day to you, Tobia

  2. Judy B on January 3, 2018 at 10:22 am

    I love this – can’t believe it is hand-stitched Clare, the stitches are sooooo even! Enjoyed reading the interview too. Happy stitching in 2018 and best wishes with your plans, Judy xx

    • Clare on January 13, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      Yay! Thank you so much for your kind words, Judy! And for reading my blog posts too 🙂 Hope you are having a lovely 2018 so far! Clare xx

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