to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Announcing The Amazing Stitching Handbook For Kids - My Newest Book from FunStitch Studio

I've been holding out on you all! I have a new book that was published on July 7th. 

It is called The Amazing Stitching Handbook for Kids. Here's the back story to this book. Back in 2004, my very first embroidery book was published by STC. It was a hard cover book that was aimed to teach children to stitch. It was edited by Melanie Falick. 

As you probably all know, books come and books go. Books do not stay "in print" forever. The term "in print" means that the publisher is continuing to hold stock of books in their warehouse and to ship them.  Kids Embroidery was eventually put OOP (out of print). When a book goes OOP, depending on the contract, the rights revert back to the author, illustrator and photographer. This was the case with my book. The rights to my words and my illustrations came back to me. 

And as you all know, 2015 is a very different time than 2004. DIY has blossomed. Sewing and crafting and embroidery, and all kinds of things you do with your hands, are more popular than ever. I've been lucky to keep working and writing in this world of craft book writing.  

My Literary Agent Linda Roghaar and I met up one morning. We talked about the direction I should go in my writing career. She asked me if I would be interested in working on a second incarnation of Kids Embroidery - for another publisher. I agreed and pretty soon, I was working on a new book on stitching for children. 

If you have my first Kids Embroidery book, this one will look somewhat familiar. We used my colorful illustrations that were also featured in Kids Embroidery. I made 15 brand new projects though so it will look new to most of you.

I'm so thrilled that C&T Publishing has the faith in the art of embroidery to introduce it to children. You can check the book out on my website here. 

Over the next week or so, I will be posting projects from the book. 

Books will begin shipping after August 5th. 

BTW, Melanie Falick has now left STC and is out on her own. There is a good podcast interview with her on the site "A Playful Day" here. Check it out if you are a fan or are interested in the publishing and writing world. Melanie has always been one of the real pros in the world of DIY, craft and publishing. I look forward to seeing what she does next. 

1 comment:

Auntie Shan said...

*SWEET*!! Nothing like a little "born-again"-booking, eh? ;-D

Anyhoo, the humidex is bopping along at 100F right now...