In March 2020, just before the UK lockdown, Mash took part in an exciting little project for our friends at Hoop n Loop.
Hoop n Loop: How to embroider your dog’s portrait. Is a book pawfect for any dog lover who would like to have a go at creating unique embroidery; whether you are an experienced freehand embroiderer or are new to the craft. With projects for personalised t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, cushions and tote bags, and featuring 20 of the most popular dog breeds from around the world – from Pugs and Corgis to Dalmatians and Dachshunds of course – this is an easy and fun guide to embroidering the best-loved members of the family.
Freehand/free-motion machine embroidery doesn’t require much skill and is a fast and fun way to create adorable embroideries without having to invest in expensive equipment. All you need is a normal domestic sewing machine, as well as a few tools, and you are ready to go. With tear-out and downloadable templates of each breed and step-by-step photography, Hoop n Loop: how to embroider your dog’s portrait will make your pets the stars of your wardrobe and home.
About the author
Based in East London, Hoop n Loop was founded by Carol Tai in 2017. After completing a fashion design degree in Manchester and spending time living in Glasgow, Tai moved to London to study fabrics and garment-making, and became a creative pattern cutter for high street brands. After fifteen years in the Industry, Tai was looking for a way to bring her own love of animals into her work, so she set up Hoop n Loop to create embroidered pet portraits – inspired by her own dog, Koko. She recently adopted another puppy, Cricket, who is featured in one of the projects.