Hoopla, by the co-author of 2009’s 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 in 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. - Arsenal Pulp Press
Leanne Prain, author of Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, took some time out from preparing for her Toronto launch/”stitch n’ bitch” (Tuesday, September 27 at 7pm at Type Books, 883 Queen St. West) to answer a few questions for Shameless about her book and subversive crafting.
Shameless: Can you explain what the subtitle of your book, “The Art of Unexpected Embroidery,” means for those who have never heard of this before?