Oh it's here, it's here! Is it Christmas? Birthday? Nah, c'mon folks, get with the program. The most incredible, exciting news of my day is the cover of my newest book, Pen to Thread! I can share it with you guys, and that just makes my day. In fact, my week....mostly likely month. Perhaps even season (not year, because the book will come out, that'll make my year!)
Writing this book has been such a fun experience, I can't wait to show more to you all, and to see what people make once the book is out. Pen to Thread is published by Interweave Press. They're an incredibly talented and creative team, and have been a dream to work with. Some of the other incredible books they've got are Every Last Piece by Lynn Harris (who I had the pleasure of meeting a few years ago, in person), By the Block by Siobahn Rogers (you should see her instagram feed!), and Vintage Quilt Revival by Faith Jones, Katie Clark Blakesly, and Lee Heinrich.
As you may know, a lot of things like this are done far in advanced (writing a book, that is), and so the whole time you're working on it you want to tell people, but aren't allowed! It's torture, I tell you.
I was pregnant with my first kid (who is 9 months old now) the majority of the time I was writing Pen to Thread. I spent hours in line at doctor's offices embroidering these motifs. It really reaffirmed how hand embroidery is. I love to keep projects near me all the time, I have them in little drawstring bags that I've sewn out of my fabric all over the house. Just like sewing works in progress, I always have embroidery WIPs hanging around. And I've really worked hard to explain how you can use these motifs, not only embroider for the fun of it, but put them out into the world. There's a whole section on how to use your finished art. I really can't wait to share more with you. Alas.... for now, just the cover. But don't you LOVE it????