Hoop Dreams is Barbara Mahany's "DIY Daredevil" entry, the latest in a series where H&G staffers give a class a go and share the details. Barbara took an embroidery class at The Needle Shop in Bucktown and gives it a very positive review - it sounds like she'll be back.
Taught by Caitlin Thomas, the three-hour drop-in class ($65) is open to any level student and no equipment is needed. You just show up and the stop provides everything. If you've been thinking about trying embroidery, all your excuses not to are gone...no reservations, equipment, or previous experience needed.
Also from H&G this week:
Small Space Living: London-based author Caroline Clifton (Apartment Living: Stylish Decorating Ideas for Apartments, Lofts and Duplexes) does a q&a on small space decor.
Dishing: Keeping it Healthful. Recipes for Tofu Chili, Portabella Pineapple Burgers and Whitefish Ceviche.
Faux Looks on Tile : Wallpaper inspired tiles (like the ones shown from Porcelosa), along with faux wood, metal and other finishes.
Top Photo: Detail of embroidery via Thing of the Month