I'm in love with my ' Hooly Hoop Art ' at the moment and it's something that's always evolving too.
The beauty of a hoop and freestyle machine sewing, for me personally, is the freedom you feel as it really is like holding a pen or paintbrush in your hand but is actually a lot more exciting because you create something 3-dimensional, adding texture to your designs wherever you want, the opportunities are endless!
I adore hooping up, choosing my base fabrics and then working on a design and so far I've gone mad for my flower design as it's just so versatile and unique.
I am proud to say that I cut everything by hand in all of my work, including all of the petals, and this takes a very long time. Sometimes it's easy to look at something and ' assume ' the work involved but most people forget about the preparation work and time taken on a design and I feel it's a very important part of the process because jumping straight in usually leaves you lost and with a huge mess on your hands.
Careful design work is then carried out to ensure that everything's where it should be, the colours and textures match up and that you know, after you've spent quite a while on your machine, that the end result will be satisfying to the eye and mind.
I'm going to do some Christmas hoops using the same technique I already use, that is cutting out lots of fiddly shapes to create something beautiful, and am hoping the results are as stunning as those I've already achieved.
The best bit about freestyle machine embroidery really is the feeling of freedom you feel to draw and create using cottons and a needle, it's wonderful!
Here are my latest hoops, all complete, beautifully vibrant and filled with the colours of autumn.
I love the diversity of my abilities and I adore a new challenge and so it's wonderful when I'm asked to design something, working with the client to finalise the design and then sew it up. It's an amazing feeling to see your designs and work complete.