Yes, we are here!

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we have been educating folks about the benefits of self-reliance for 50 years. That includes researching and sourcing the best books and products to help individuals master the skills they need in times like these and beyond. Our online store is open and we are here to answer any questions you might have. Our customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. CDT. We can be reached at 1-800-234-3368 or by email. Stay safe!

Classic “Hello” Hoop Embroidery Art Pattern

Create your own modern embroidery hoop with this pattern for a cute and classy “hello” stitched hoop.

| March 2018

  • Switch up the color scheme to match any room in your home.
    Photo courtesy of Abrams
  • Transfer the "hello" pattern onto your fabric before locking your fabric in the hoop.
    Photo courtesy of Abrams
  • Be very careful with your stitches, as embroidery is an exact art form.
    Photo courtesy of Abrams
  • “Hoop Dreams: Modern Hand Embroidery” by Cristin Morgan brings the lost art of embroidery back into the modern world, with fun projects to brighten up your home.
    Photo courtesy of Abrams

Hoop Dreams: Modern Hand Embroidery (Abrams, 2018) by Cristin Morgan brings the old-fashioned art of embroidery into a modern light, with fun and crafty uses for your embroidery skills. Morgan brings classic stitches to tote bags and makeup cases, along with dozens of other crafts. In this excerpt, she shows her technique for embroidery a welcoming “Hello” hoop.

One of my favorite things about embroidery is the texture the stitches create when they’re piled together on the fabric, filling a once empty space. Here, a vivid color pallet and highly textured fill stitch add visual interest to a simple handwritten message. Experiment with thread and fabric colors that appeal to you, or try using patterned fabric to add a fun, graphic element to your work.

Finished size diameter: 6 inches (15 centimeters)


• Transfer and marking tools
• 10-by-10 inch (25-by-25 centimeters) square of unbleached muslin
• 6 inch (15 centimeters) embroidery hoop
• Cotton embroidery floss
• Scissors
• Backing materials

Thread colors used

• Golden olive, 6 strands
• Plus, 6 strands


1. Transfer the “hello” motif onto a piece of linen or cotton fabric. Assemble the hoop, placing the piece of muslin (if using) underneath the min piece of fabric.

2. Fill the heavy strokes in each letter with a combination of long and short stitches.

3. Finish and connect each letter using backstitch. Adjust the stitch length as required, using shorter stitches around tight curves and longer stitches for straighter lines.

Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

50 Years of Money-Saving Tips!

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS for 50 years and counting, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter flipboard

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters

click me