Here are some beautiful works of hoop art to inspire my partner and all us mini-hoop enthusiasts! These pics are all from Instagram:
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.
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!
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!
Ponte Roma fabric in blue – a lovely soft double knit and perfect for dresses, tunics, soft skirts, light jackets and cardigans.