Wednesday, February 19, 2020

"wayward threads" the book

Photographer:  Cynthia Shaffer

Just got off the phone with my editor, Tonia Jenny, of my book "wayward threads".  YYEEEEH!!

The final edit has been done and she will spend the day making sure the file size is correct, etc. and then upload to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing where the book will be published and sold on site.

This book was a labor of love and dedication and a long time coming.  I feel excited, nervous, anxious, relieved, all these emotions bundled up together.

So just a little bit more waiting, for the book upload to be approved and then I can order proof copies and if everything looks good then it's a wrap and in print!

For my local friends I want to let you know I will be giving a program for the Santa Cruz Textile Arts Guild on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020.  Would love to see you there!

My journey into the fashion world began at an early age from Barbie doll clothes, to sewing my own clothes in high school and college.  I attended fashion college for a couple of years and went on to teach myself how to weave and created cloth and designed garments for handwoven clothing for over 25 years.  I dye painted my threads, fabrics for lining and trim and also dyed scarves in a variety of techniques. After selling my loom almost ten years ago I became interested in restructuring used garments into news ones, upcycling, and that is my current passion, along with dyeing, dye printing, and stitching.

I will be bringing many of my handwoven designs I created over the years to show and tell as well as my current upcycled garments I call ‘wayward threads”.  I want to share my ideas and techniques for designing and redesigning garments!

I have also just finished writing a book on my upcycled designs which should be in print in a few weeks.  I will bring copies of the book to the meeting.  

Book title is 
“wayward threads”:  techniques and ideas for upcycling unloved or discarded garments.”

I will have a new website soon and will announce that when I get it up and running!


Friday, January 10, 2020

A New Year, New Garments and a Book

The most exciting news I have is that my book is in the final stages, really!  Most all the photos are taken by Cynthia Shaffer, the bulk of work is in the hands of my editor, Tonia Jenny, and I am on pins a needles with excitement.  It's been over a year and a half in the works and I know now I will see it in print.  There were moments of doubt, all on my part, but I had a lot of friends championing me along the way and I am truly grateful to them.

The tasks I need to tackle next are to get a website up and promote the book and I need to write an "About Me".  This is a walk in muddy waters that I am putting off.  I know it will get done but now I'm am just inspired and want to work in my studio.

The last couple of weeks I have created a few garments and a few more are ready to be designed and worked on.  I don't know if I will list these in Etsy or just save them for the "live" vendor shows I participate in.  It seems hard to sell clothing online even though I add free shipping and buyers can return items if in condition they were received within a time frame.  I do not pay for return shipping but how much money do you spend to drive around and shop?  Just a thought.

My next event will be teaching at Art & Soul Portland and also vending.  My class titled "Homage to Leaves and Rust" is full but my Dyers' Sample Record Book class still has a few openings.  Both these classes have lots of dye techniques in them, rust dyeing, natural dyes, and botanicals along with some different resist and layering techniques.  Of course there is stitching involved too!  If any of this appeals to you I hope you join me!

I'm off to town now, to the gym, grocery shopping and other errands.  Hope you all are well.  xo