The Art of Unexpected Embroidery

Book - 2011
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A Library Journal Best Book of the Year

Alcuin Society Book Design Award winner (1st place, reference books)

Hoopla , by the co-author of the bestselling Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet & Knit Graffiti , showcases those who take the craft of embroidery where it's never gone before, in an astonishing full-colour display of embroidered art. Hoopla rebels against the quaint and familiar embroidery motifs of flowers and swashes, and focuses instead on innovative stitch artists who specialize on unusual, guerrilla-style patterns such as needlepoint nipple doilies and a ransom note pillow; it demonstrates that modern embroidery artists are as sharp as the needles with which they work.

Hoopla includes twenty-eight innovative embroidery patterns and profiles of contemporary embroidery artists including Jenny Hart, author of Sublime Stitching ; Rosa Martyn of the UK-based Craftivism Collective; Ray Materson, an ex-con who learned to stitch in prison; Sherry Lynn Wood of the Tattooed Baby Doll Project, which collaborated with female tattoo artists across the US; Penny Nickels and Johnny Murder, the self-described Bonnie and Clyde of Embroidery; and Alexandra Walters, a military wife who replicates military portraits and weapons in her stitching.

Full-colour throughout and bursting with history, technique, and sass, Hoopla will teach readers how to stitch a mythical jackalope and mean and dainty knuckle-tattoo church gloves, as well as encourage them to create their own innovative embroidery projects. If you like anarchistic DIY craft and the idea of deviating from the rules, Hoopla will inspire you to wield a needle with flair!

Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9781551524061
Characteristics: 400 p. : col. ill. ; 21 x 23 cm.


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Cdnbookworm Feb 11, 2013

This is an interesting book profiling modern embroidery artists. It contains interviews, photographs of their work, and discussions of different trends in this art form.
I am an embroiderer who has stuck to more traditional embroidery, but this book opened my eyes to new ways of thinking about embroidery and got my creative juices flowing. Now I just have to make time for that creativity.
The book offers some project plans and patterns from some of these artists that will inspire and give a starting point to those interested in these new ideas.

rowanquincy Jul 11, 2012

Great book on modern embroidery with many web reerences. Lovely book.

Nov 17, 2011

This was a very disappointing. and somewhat annoying and pretentious book. All the work in it is the sort that might be fun for the person to stitch but a dud for anyone else to look at. The book is basically people who have never stitched, "discovering" embroidery and coming up with very very basic pieces with very very basic stitches and calling it art. The articles are full of mutual admiration. The book feels like it came out of the Sixties when hippies discovered you could chain-stitch on your jeans.


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