Book Review – Hoopla by Leanne Prain


 

Leanne Prain is the co-author of Yarn Bombing, and Hoopla – the art of unexpected embroidery is her latest book. In a nutshell, it’s terrific.

Leanne Prain - Hoopla - The Art Of Unexpected Embroidery

 

At 400 pages this is a book that will not only fill you with ideas and inspiration but will also improve your bicep strength. It is a veritable who’s who of contemporary stitchery, featuring interviews and projects with many familiar names including Rosa Martyn, Betsy Greer, Jenny Hart, Eliot BK, Ellen Schinderman, Liz Kueneke, Johnny Murder, Penny Nickels… I could go on.

Hoopla - the Art of Unexpected Embroidery by Leanne Prain

The book has ten chapters covering all manner of subjects, from tools and materials to freeform work and so much more. There’s a section called Stitching Resources that features an interview with some wiseacre called Mr X Stitch, but don’t let that put you off!

Hoopla - the Art of Unexpected Embroidery by Leanne Prain

The book is filled with great projects for you to try, covering most of your essential stitch types. There are plenty of quirky designs and clever ideas to keep you busy. What is great is that Leanne has interviewed many of the project creators, so you can get to know them and then enjoy their work.

Hoopla - the Art of Unexpected Embroidery by Leanne Prain

Hoopla  is a great book. Packed with great stuff, big pictures and brilliant ideas. Published by Arsenal Pulp Press, it’s a must have for stitchy fans – why not get your copy via our Amazon links?

Hoopla - the Art of Unexpected Embroidery by Leanne Prain

 

Mr X

Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr X Stitch, aka the Kingpin of Contemporary Embroidery is the founder of the Mr X Stitch site, the world's longest running embroidery blog, the curator of PUSH Stitchery and the author of the Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch. He is also the founder of XStitch, the game-changing cross stitch design magazine which launched in Summer 2017.

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