Mini-hoop swap inspiration

Here are some beautiful works of hoop art to inspire my partner and all us mini-hoop enthusiasts! These pics are all from Instagram:

Mini-hoop inspiration
Top L-R: @alexsembroidery; @haru.ki_; @helenatlovehandmade
Middle L-R: @marigoldandmars; @loveyousew_@woodentreehouse
Bottom L-R: @noplainjaynedesigns; @rachelemmastudio; @capriciousarts

If you haven’t made an Instagram mosaic before, it’s pretty straight forward. This is how I do it. Firstly I have the Instagram Layout App installed on my tablet. This fab little app (developed by Instagram) allows you to pull together a bunch of photos and make them into a collage.

Then I search around for pics of beautiful hoops – this is the fun part, of course. To be honest, I mostly looked through the @dandelyne account, because Sonia, who invented the Dandelyne hoops, is so great at sharing pics of beautiful creative hoops. But I also searched on #hoopart and #dandelynehoops for more inspiration.

Whenever I find a pic of a hoop which I really like, I use the screen capture function on my tablet to download the photo. As I do this, I also make a note of the makers’ names so I can tag them later. Once I’ve got enough pics to use, I open up the Layout app, and select the photos I want to add, then choose one of the suggested layouts. You can use touch screen controls to zoom in or out of the photos to make a great collage.

Finally I add the photo to Instagram, and tag each maker by tapping the specific part of the collage and adding their Instagram ID. Et voila! Why not try it, and give your partner for the #veryberryhoopswap a bit of extra help with the choices they make for your hoop.

The Very Berry Hoop Swap is sponsored by Cloud Craft. Get 10% off at Cloud Craft with the code HOOPY10 until 31 July. 



Mini-hoop swap 2: Sign-ups


Mini hoop swap patchwork heart log cabin
Reverse appliqué heart, log cabin patchwork mini-hoop, using Liberty fabric scraps and Kona solid in ivory by Very Berry Handmade.

After the success of the first hoop swap trial, I am so excited to announce that the sign-ups for the second Very Berry mini-hoop swap are now OPEN!

The rules:

55mm miniature embroidery hoop frame DIY kit - 2.2" hoop frame set ONLY - unique Dandelyne miniature hoop

  • You can use another brand of hoop if you like, but not more than 2.5 inches (64mm) in diameter please. If you are outside the UK, then you can find a list of Dandelyne stockists just here.
  • There’s no theme for the swap – but please take your partner’s likes and dislikes into consideration.
  • Participants can be from anywhere in the world, so you need to be prepared to post your completed hoop to anywhere in the world.
  • You must have a public Instagram account for this swap, and commit to at least ONE swap-related photo. Please use #veryberryhoopswap on pics relating to the swap. If you don’t fulfil this obligation you will be unable to join in future Very Berry swaps.
  • This will be a secret swap, rather than a partner to partner swap (i.e. you won’t be sending to the person who sends a hoop to you).
  • Any textile art is acceptable for the swap – please don’t think you have to limit yourself to handstitching, cross-stitch or embroidery.
  • Please don’t include anything else in the swap parcel – other than a card/note with – I don’t want anyone feeling put off the swap because of the cost of extras.
  • Please sign up by midnight on 15 July – leave a comment on this post and fill in the swap form – partners will be assigned over the weekend. If you haven’t heard from me by the end of 18 July, please get in touch.
  • Posting week is the 5-10 of September (or a little earlier if you are overseas).

Don’t forget, use the code HOOPY10 to get 10% off all supplies for the from Cloud Craft – Nicole has everything you could need to make a beautiful little hoop!

Cloud Craft



Something blue, something new

Something blue and something new from each of my sponsors’ shops – with special offers and other news too!

Something blue something new from Black Sheep Wools

Something blue:

King Cole Baby Alpaca (dk)Special Offer: there’s 15% off all King Cole yarns at Black Sheep Wools until 9am on 28 June with the code COLE15

Something new:

Large floral Zenbroidery printed fabric – this fun printed fabric design comes with a needle, an illustrated guide to free for stitching and a QR code to lead you to fantastic design ideas. A really fantastic holiday hand-stitching project!



Something blue something new from Dragonfly


Something blue:

Ponte Roma fabric in blue – a lovely soft double knit and perfect for dresses, tunics, soft skirts, light jackets and cardigans.

Something new:

Pauline Alice – Reina shirt pattern – a very pretty, romantic shirt pattern, new in stock.

Check out Dragonfly’s Sewing Bee page for great special offers on jersey!


Something blue something new from My Fabric House
Something blue:

Bold floral tulip fabric – a lovely quilting fabric

Something new:

Cats in the streets print on natural hessian linen – a great fabric when you need something more sturdy and I love these cute cats!

There’s also loads of great reductions in the My Fabric House sale.


Something blue something new from Cloud Craft

Something blue:

Lovely 1mm wool felt in French Navy – top quality felt in a lovely shade of blue.

Something new:

Gorgeous stack of 1mm felt in Macaron colours – almost good enough to eat!