How long has it been since I started making these little embroidered things? I started talking about them last summer – almost a year to the day, today – after I had already been playing around with them for months. And you know, given the fact that these things are little, you’d think that they’d also be quick!
And they are, when it comes to making them. When it comes to putting together an e-book about them, that’s a Whole Nuther Story!
The other day, I had a little family reunion with many of them. It was a regular little party!
We took group photos as well as individual mug shots. Besides the fact that there were a couple instructional sections of the book that need some polishing work and some new photos, I realized that I didn’t have a decent cover for the book.
This is one attempt at the cover photo. I like the color and the photos, but I think I need to bring the Lavender Honey items more into prominence, since the title of the book is Lavender Honey & Other Little Things.
On the other hand, at what point do you draw the line and say, “That’ll do, pig, that’ll do”?
Oh my goodness. Why didn’t I do a pig Little Thing?!
(By the way, that was a reference to Babe. I’m not calling myself derogatory names…)
My favorite part about creating this whole e-book could be the collection of little needlebooks, little scissor fobs, little ornaments, little buttons for magnets, needleminders, scissor pulls, and so forth, and little pin wheels that I’ve accrued. I’m flush with little accessories everywhere! I have a needlebook for every project I could possibly do in the next ten years.
Overkill. Definitely overkill.
The more I work through the book to make corrections and clarify points, the more I realize the book is not really about embroidering, although there’s a good bit of embroidery instruction in it.
Really, it’s more about Making. The embroidery is almost secondary to the whole creation of the Little Thing. The whole notion of creating a Finished Something is the focus of the book.
But it’s not about Making at the level of expert. While stitchers with advanced skills will like the book for fun, quick project ideas, it is suited to absolute beginners, too – for those who have never made their embroidery into something finished. The finished Little Things introduce basic finish work with simple approaches. And that’s what makes the book different and fun!
I’ve had a blast preparing the projects in the book, stitching samples, taking photos (hundreds and hundreds of photos!) and putting the book together. I’m excited that it’s finally heading towards the finish line!
Lavender Honey & Other Little Things is coming Very Soon…. as in, next week! Look for it!