Ok. (deep breath)
I have something to tell you. I've rewritten this announcement a bazillion times and there is no other way to say it except straight up.
Well, currently writing is more accurate.
Hmmm, no ... that's not right either. The actual writing part was done about 9 months ago. Now I'm at the final editing stage.
It's an embroidery book called "S is for Stitch - 52 Embroidered Alphabet Designs + Charming Projects for Little Ones".
I was going for a gentle, timeless sort of feel while I dreamed up the two alphabet-themed sets of little embroidery designs - one for a girl and one for a boy - and made them into two different quilts.
Wanna know how big those designs are? Each stitched object you see on the cover photo above is no bigger than 1.5".
To help you have even more fun with my stitchery designs, I give lots of ideas on how to make framed art for the nursery, apply the designs to premades (clothing, linens, etc.) and other cute stuff for kids.
All the stitches in the book are considered basic - nothing complicated. But I spent hours and hours making every design interesting to stitch. And pretty to look at. And - most importantly - appealing for children. My daughters, who were 7 & 9 at the time, served as my most excellent creative consultants. If I was stuck for an idea, they helped me out. If they didn't like something about a design, I changed it.
Truth be told, this book started out as not even a book, but simply as a way for me to pass the time while on a long holiday with my family a few years ago. I couldn't bring my sewing machine along, so I took all my embroidery supplies with me instead. I had absolutely zero design ideas while packing. No big plan. No grand ambition. Not even a blog. I just knew I would go banana nuts crazy if I couldn't keep my hands busy.
I came up with the girl alphabet collection and was simply going to make up a quilt for my girls to play with. But then something kept telling me to make a boy companion quilt. So I did. It was more of a personal challenge than anything else.
And now C&T Publishing is making my "just for fun" creations into an amazing Stash Book. (My hands feel all woozy as I type this.)
Even though it's still another 3 months until it comes out in December/January, Amazon already has it available for preorder ... (yes, I will be selling signed copies in my shop!) ... and word is spreading and ... well ... it just seems wrong to not say something about it.
So I am.
I feel like I've been pregnant with this book for a very long time. And I still have a few more months of waddling to go. But when the labour pains are over and the book is finally delivered, I promise I will share more about it with you.
Until then ...
PS: If you're going to be at Quilt Market next month in Houston, C&T Publishing has organized a book signing for me on Sunday 28th at noon. Please come by and say "hi". I'd really love to meet you!