Hey Stitching Friends . . . Exciting news! It is finally time to tell you about my new Indie book. It's called, EMBROIDERY CRAFT:: Stitching Through the Seasons, and it has just been published. Signed copies will be available (from me) after September 1st, but the book can be purchased now from the publisher's print-on-demand website here. I'm told it will be up on Amazon toward the end of the month. I'm super excited!
Here's just a little preview of what's inside:
Gathered together into this book are some of my favorite stitched pieces along with many of the projects you asked for. I have to say, I really appreciated everybody's input and took it all to heart as I selected which things to include and I think there's something for everybody at every skill set. Inside, it all appears within the framework of my home, our backyard gardens, with glimpses of family, including the infamous 'Lily Margaret' (that femme fatal feline of mine), all of which has been designed, stitched, and photographed by 'Yours Truly' (I'm blushing a bit), making this book highly personal and maybe just a little quirky--like this blog.
What's more is, it's sprinkled with sugar, and love, and happiness. And yes, a few polka-dots might be scattered here and there too. But I bet that you already expected as much, right?
Here's a peek at the contents page for Summer and Autumn:
See? I told you. Polka-dots . . .
But besides the polka-dots and the embroidery love, I've shared some thoughts on sewing spaces and fabric storage, provided a basic list for tools and supplies, some sound advice about materials and basic sewing techniques, along with an embroidery stitch guide. At the heart of the book there are 30 small stitching projects organized to compliment the changing seasons. Most of the projects can be made to fit any season or theme just by changing the embroidery designs though, so you do have many options and room to apply your own creativity no matter what the season.
And speaking of embroidery designs . . . there are over 100! These can be traced directly from the book. However, I will also be offering them as iron-on transfers for a limited time on my website. How long I do this I can't say--I'll just wait and see how it goes. So if you want them, better to order sooner rather than later, because I can't guarantee they'll always be available--indefinitely. The transfer collection is available here.
Let's see, what else can I show you? This section covers simple applique techniques with an example to follow that will help hone your skills and make you smile at the same time.
Here we have examples of embroidered embellishments for handmade infant clothing. Vintage embroidery with a fresh approach. These are just darling and very simple to make. Patterns for baby kimono jackets are not included. I used an old McCall pattern, but these styles are still popular and available through most pattern companies.
These pages were so much fun to do! There are a total of 12 "theme samplers" (as I call them), that can be stitched as shown (above), or the designs can be used individually to embellish other items.
So that's it, in a bloggy nutshell. My hope is that my little book will appeal to everyone who likes to stitch--newbies and old hands alike. And not only that, but that it bestow *JOY* as you do so!
To kick things off, I think a Give-Away is definitely in order. Here's the game plan . . . I'll reserve the first copy (signed by me), PLUS an iron-on transfer collection set for one Lucky Person anywhere on the planet. I'll choose and announce a winner sometime after September 1st from among the commenter's on this blog post.
But wait, there's more . . . . Some other unrelated excitement: Saturday (August 21) Turkey Feathers Thrift Shop will be open for your perusal! Come on over and check it out.
There will be patterns! For weeks now, I've been purging my pattern collection and re-discovering lots of little gems. My old "pattern chest" holds decades of wonderful patterns and just as many memories. If you've ever sewn clothing for the people you love, you'll probably understand that sentiment exactly. Oh, I can barely stand to part with some of these. But I'm happy to pass them along. And I really do have plenty more to keep me busy sewing for a long time to come.
OK, that's all for now. I'm going to a party for my granddaughter who is turning six and I need to go wrap some presents, pronto!