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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: ARSENAL PULP PRESS; 1 edition (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551524066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551524061
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 22.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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An unexpected find and a compulsive read.

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 returned this book because I found some of the images quite disturbing. If you are looking for traditional work this book is not for you, but if you like something very different then this is it. It's definitely not a 'crinoline lady' type of book. The cover shows one project which is quite fun as are many others but sometimes they are just downright weird. Not my 'cup of tea' but others will like it.
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Wonderfully insightful and packed with some excellent ideas. Amazing evolution in fibre art and great inspiration. A must for anyone who wants to expand from the basics of embroidery
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Have just quickly glanced through this , looks very interesting and exciting. Looking forward to having then time to browse properly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A huge value - This book is enormous 13 Oct. 2011
By R. GALE - Published on Amazon.com
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I attended a book launch/signing event at Assemble Gallery and Studio in Seattle, WA. I had seen a picture of the cover of Hoopla and was intrigued because I'm obsessed with embroidery. I had no idea how LARGE this book was. The photography is stunning. The projects are interesting. And the artist profiles are inspiring. I have been flipping through it ever since. Can't recommend it enough.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain a wonderful book 12 April 2012
By Terry Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
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I found Hoopla via a website, and ordered it just going by the cover. I was not disappointed. It's a delight of a book. I'm a little worried that hand stitching, which has been devalued for centuries as "women's work" will gain credence only because a number of men have taken it up - but I can't change society. I suspect it's the inclusion of men embroidering (manbroidery is the term) that makes it all of a sudden acceptable as art to the art world at large. However, despite my annoyance at this, I am glad that the joy of stitching unique and uncommon art has become worthy of a good book.

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book spoilt by poor kindle edition 16 Sept. 2012
By A. Watson-Will - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an easy-to-read survey of artists using embroidery in contemporary, surprising and at times startling ways. The works shown will delight, amuse and provoke you. I wasn't specifically looking for a book with patterns, and have not tried any, so I cannot comment on them. Personally, I would have preferred some more depth on some of the artists. Additionally, I bought the kindle edition and have to say it was very poorly adapted. Notations for illustrations were out of order and quite confusing. It was necessary to flip backwards and forwards to read descriptions of the work and this definitely reduced reading pleasure. Also, while artists' website addresses were given, about half the time they weren't hot-linked, and in the iPad at least, it isn't possible to copy text from within the kindle app, so this was very annoying. Given the Kindle edition is only a few dollars less than a new copy from Amazon, this really isn't good enough.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoopla review 1 Feb. 2012
By carriedol - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book. It's laid out beautifully and is so interesting. i can look at the embroidery artwork in this book for hours. So unique. Very interesting interviews with the featured artists and great patterns offered, great ideas. full of inspiration, which is what i was looking for. Recommend this book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Fiber Artists 11 Feb. 2012
By BekahDrey - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book for anyone interested in Fiber Arts. This book is part visual inspiration, part artist interviews and part how-to. I found a few of my favorite artists as well as discovered a whole bunch of new artists.
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