Today's the last day of my book tour and so I guess it's my turn.
I can't exactly "review" my own book ... that would be weird. But I can share with you some behind the scenes stuff.
The 26 girl alphabet designs were purely labours of love for my daughters. I had absolutely no intention of turning them into a book. I didn't have a blog and didn't know I was going to start a pattern company. And since I've never taken art or design classes of any kind, I certainly didn't feel qualified to write a book.
But one thing led to another and my just for fun project became a book.
I didn't want S is for Stitch to be another "here are some designs and instructions" sort of craft book. So I wrote much of the text as if I was having a conversation with you - my imaginary readers. But it was all about the technical side of embroidery and not so much about the creativity. And when I was reviewing an early draft of the book - all organized and laid out with the "how to's" - I thought it was missing something and found myself wanting to share more personal information. I really wanted to connect with people like me - people who have a creative spirit, but who don't feel "qualified" to design.
My solution was simple: beside every one of the 52 designs in the book, I wrote a little something. Because, as it turns out, even though I wasn't formally schooled as a designer I have somehow learned a few things over the years about how to make embroidery interesting ... and pretty ... and easy to stitch.
Sometimes I wrote about what I was thinking that dictated my design decisions:
Sometimes I wrote about "arty" techniques I used to achieve certain features:
Sometimes I wrote about exploiting specific stitches:
Sometimes I wrote about how you can change my designs to make them your own:
Sometimes I wrote about how I made the girl quilt very personal for my daughters and me:
And sometimes, when I was at a complete loss for something to say, I just wrote ... something! LOL!
I hope my little anecdotes make the book interesting and informative.
And now how - exactly - does one end a book tour?
Oh. Right. A giveaway! You didn't think I'd forget, did you? ;)
Please leave me a comment (with your name and a valid email address!) telling me which one of the above anecdotes you like best and you'll be entered to win a copy of S is for Stitch! If you are a US resident, you'll be sent a hard copy of the book. If you live elsewhere, you'll receive an eBook. All the giveaways close Thursday April 4th and the winners will be announced on Monday, April 8th.
I really hope you enjoyed these special peeks into my book and that you're totally motivated to pick up a needle and get stitching!