Traditional publishing can be something of a mind bender. You work on projects for months—sometimes more than a year—in advance of the publication date. Depending on the project and its deadlines, you may be totally immersed in the subject for days, weeks or months on end. Then suddenly, your portion is complete, and the project moves along to the next person. You want to tell the world about what you’d done, but you can’t. Not yet.
Months later, you get a package in the mail. Your copies have arrived! Finally, you can say, “Look at this!”
Over the past many months, I played a part in each of these titles. You already know that I provided technical illustrations for Barbara Weiland’s The Quilting Answer Book. Barbara also authored The Sewing Answer Book, and I illustrated that as well. Pick one up if you get a chance. Both books are chock full of fantastic information, and designer Jessica Armstrong did a wonderful job of putting the pages together.
I had a very small part in Candy Construction. I provided a small number of instruction illustrations, but it was great fun, drawing cookies and candies! This book is filled with fabulous photography, and gives a new meaning to the phrase “play with your food!”
I thought One Yard Wonders, by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins, turned out especially well. It has a fun, youthful vibe, and is filled with quick-to-stitch projects. It was amazing to see all the different projects that are made from just one yard of fabric!
My name doesn’t appear in Sewing School, but I drew the patterns that are packaged in the back of the book. It’s a fun book that I think kids will enjoy.
I was also thrilled to digitally draw 100 designs for Rebecca Kemp Brent’s book, Redwork from The WORKBASKET. The designs originally appeared as iron-on embroidery transfers in The WORKBASKET, a small multi-craft magazine published from 1935-1996. Rebecca has done a marvelous job of re-purposing the vintage designs for embroidery on computerized sewing machines. The book is filled with interesting information, tips and techniques for both hand and machine embroidery, plus great projects! (Check out the Redwork Quilt on page 125–it’s gorgeous!)
And finally, I want to tell you about the huge project that kept me tied up for a large part of last year. It combined sewing and writing and illustration, and I really, really hope you like it. I’d just love to tell you all about it. But I can’t.
Not. Quite. Yet.