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Hoopla by Leanne Prain
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Mar 20, 12

bookshelves: art-craft-fiber-art, non-fiction, favorites
Read from March 19 to 20, 2012

This book is thick, packed full of stitchy goodness. Loved the volume and variety of embroidery. The author does a fantastic job of presenting a wide range of artisans from around the globe, each with diverse creations and points of view. There is an instructive element to the book with several projects, but the real strength of this book is as a compendium of what's happening in the embroidery world at this moment in time. There are many, many artisan profiles and features and while it's not new to have multiple contributors to a themed craft book, many of these books have an "in crowd" or cliquey feel; this collection of artisans is so balanced in it's diversity there is something for everyone and the overall vibe is very inclusive. While there is a nice balance of embroiderers worldwide, I was so excited to see so many Canadians featured, as Canucks are so under-represented in crafty books. Recommended for anyone interested in hand stitching arts.
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