When I first stocked Alison Cole’s Goldwork Masterclass (which you can read about here – and which is in stock again here), I received a few inquiries about why I would stock other people’s embroidery books on Needle ‘n Thread.
Since bringing in Alison’s books, I’ve also had inquiries about other books becoming available on Needle ‘n Thread.
And so, today, I thought I would address the rather sticky question of stocking embroidery books. It’s sticky for a number of reasons.
And yes, I have another beautiful book coming from abroad! So I’ll tell you just a wee bit about it, before I officially show it to you in all its detailed glory once it’s in stock.
First of all, the upcoming book!
A Sea to Stitch is Elisabetta Sforza’s new design, project, and instructional book featuring a glorious sea-themed alphabet, along with additional decorative elements in the same theme.
It is similar to her In a Wheat Field book that I reviewed here, but it even grander, with additional instructive content for creating your own custom designs, for mixing colors, developing designs, and so forth.
It also tells a little more of the “story” of the designs. The book is, I think, over twice the length of the previous Wheat Field book, giving the embroiderer lots of scope for adaptation and customization.
I’ll go into more detail about this book when I’ve got it in stock, giving you a much closer look at what’s in it. Today I’ll just whet your appetite with some of the cover art and interior pages!
As usual, I’m not taking pre-orders, since I only sell items that are in stock and ready to ship. Just keep an eye here on the website next week, to know when it’s ready for you.
So, why am I stocking these books?
Well, all of them so far – Alison’s Masterclass books and Elisabetta’s new book – have a few things in common:
1. They are beautiful and excellent instructional books for the embroiderer;
2. They are self-published by the authors; and
3. They are not available through today’s widely-accessible book outlets – namely, Amazon, Book Depository, and other big-quantity discount book sellers.
I don’t (and most likely never will) physically stock books that are available through major book outlets.
Why not? Simply because I can’t afford to. I can’t afford the space to stock them, and I can’t afford to purchase them at prices higher than those found through volume book retailers, where everyone can already buy them cheaper. That is simply the reality of the book publishing and selling world these days for the very small business, and this reality is not going to go away any time soon.
So it would not be good business sense by any stretch of the imagination to stock books that would cost me more than what you can buy them for elsewhere.
It obviously makes more sense to invest (and take the risk of investing) resources into stocking specialty books that are self-published and that are not available through major book outlets.
This helps the authors who have made the huge investment to self-publish, it helps you, and it helps me a little bit, too. This, in fact, is the way book publishing should be – the authors receive a much higher return this way for their efforts.
So that is why I am specially curating a small collection of needlework books to stock here on Needle ‘n Thread. Each book is a book that I love, that I think is especially valuable for the embroiderer; it is usually self-published (the author paid to publish it); it is not available through the major book selling outlets; and I can ship it very quickly to domestic addresses.
I may expand the offerings slowly, being very particular about the books that I stock. We shall see how it goes!
In the meantime, keep an eye out for A Sea to Stitch! I’m so excited to have it available here on Needle ‘n Thread – it’s an enchanting collection that really speaks to me – I love all things oceanic – and I’ve been waiting with tingly anticipation for Elisabetta to publish it!
Once it is here (hopefully in the middle of next week?), I’ll show it to you close up in all its glory, and it will be available for you to purchase.
Coming Up on Needle ‘n Thread
And that, my friends, brings us to Friday!
I’m testing some new sewing threads this weekend, after running into an awful problem with the last two spools I purchased for hand piecing my hexie quilt. I’m going to chat with you soon about this particular thread problem, because it’s something we run into with embroidery fabrics and embroidery threads, too.
Almost all week long, we’ve been weighing beads here in the studio, so I’m glad the weekend is here! It’s a tedious process, that whole Bead Thing!
Over the weekend, I plan to embroider (working on another adaptation of this rose) a little bit, get this pall put back together, and get some much-needed computer work done. We will see how it works out!
I hope that you’ve got good plans for the weekend, including some rest and relaxation with your needle and thread!