Hoopla Paperback – 27 Oct 2011
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I didn't like all the work produced, but found the philosophy behind most pieces intriguing. Also the simplicity and beauty of some pieces was amazing.
Will now look for 'Sin and Stitch' as I believe prison should be about reformation and not punishment.
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I hate books and reviews that claim: Not your mother's stitchery (or knitting or crochet, etc) because usually that is exactly what that is. There is a crochet book of that name that features patterns straight out of McCalls Needlework and Crafts from the 60s and 70s - and it IS her mother's crochet - and pretty dull crochet at that! Worse, crochet that predates the innovations and exciting work done during the the 1970s and early 1980s, which brought a revolution in all sorts of textile work. These were the first innovations in needlework of all sorts in centuries. I still have many of the textile and stitchery books I got during that period, and find them useful and inspiring to this day. How nice to finally find some new books that bring a fresh look at this ancient craft. Hoopla definitely can hold its own with "Native Funk and Flash" which is still a book that makes you get out some sort of textile device and do something. But, Hoopla can - and does - inspire in the same way those books do.
If you have been thinking of experimenting with stitchery, buy Hoopla and Push Stitchery and you won't come up for air for weeks. I have been keeping both by my chair and pulling them out, opening at random, and getting inspired every day. You will not regret buying this book, IF you are interested in unique ways to do and use embroidery. I can just hear some people gasping "this isn't pretty." That is debatable, but, pretty or not, it's darned exciting!
I should add: this is not a "how-to" - it's a "what we're doing" book. So if you need instruction, find a good old "how-to" stitchery book - and make sure it has "a" "b" "c" "d" and so forth in the directions, showing where the needle comes up and goes down - because otherwise, you'll get lost. Just a word to the wise and potentially discouraged.