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Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery

by Leanne Prain

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I loved this book. While it does include some patterns and a limited amount of how-to information, it is really an exploration of artists who use embroidery as a fine art medium. The book includes some profiles of artists working with embroidery today. Most of the artists included are very edgy and interesting. The author also includes some history of embroidery as a craft and as art. Gender issues necessarily come up throughout the historical pieces and in the interviews with the artists. ( )
  samanthadeirdre | Sep 5, 2013 |
This book is beautifully photographed and quite comprehensive (it's huge!). If you are looking for a manual on different stitches or patterns, look elsewhere.

If you need inspiration for crazy-ass stitches, this is your book. Out-of-the-box ideas abound. All profiles in the book treat each person as an artist (as they should).
  GirlMisanthrope | Oct 10, 2012 |
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Part art book, part guide to the art of embroidery, this hefty, lavishly illustrated work is highly recommended for embroidery collections.
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A showcase for those who take the craft of embroidery where it's never gone before, Hoopla profiles innovative stitch artists who specialise in unusual, guerrilla-style patterns such as subway maps, feminist Girl Guide badges and metal band letterforms, demonstrating that modern embroidery artists are as sharp as the needles with which they work. Includes comprehensive instructions.… (more)

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