Earlier in the week I was sorting through some old files on my laptop and came across this.
I made it almost four years ago, and can't actually remember now whether I stitched the drawing and then looked for a way to decorate the edges, or dreamed up the edging before deciding what to add in the centre. Either way, it was the start of a journey which ended up as my book - a single hoop-based project which turned into over 100 more.
The crocheted edging is one of my favourite finishing techniques, not least because it's the perfect excuse to buy single balls of beautiful yarn in a whole mixture of colours. Cheap acrylics are to be avoided like the plague. I might even be suggesting the idea doesn't work with synthetic fibres and/or uninspiring colours.
It is, however, perfect for using up treasured scraps and leftovers. A single hoop doesn't require much yarn at all, and you only need pretty basic skills (like me) to make it work. And if you're not sure what to stitch in the centre of the hoop? Well, I have a hundred or so suggestions to get you started . . .