I finally feel comfortable to publicize that I have been writing a book on my upcycled clothing designs for over a year. The title is “wayward threads: techniques and ideas for upcylcling unloved or discarded garments”.
I started out with a timeline that was unrealistic. I had no idea about how long it would really take. The concept was in my head for several years. Around August of 2018 I said “I’m going to do, it I’m going to write this book”! I had a lot of encouragement from friends and peers and so I began thinking that within a year it would be done. Well that year marker has come and gone but I am on the downhill slope of it all.
I am so happy that Tonia Jenny was interested in editing the book for me. I hired her soon after I determined I was actually going to write the book and she has been so patient with me watching the deadlines I set march by.
I will be self publishing through Kindle Direct Publishing which is Amazon.
During this year plus time I did not quit traveling or teaching or doing shows so that took time away from working on the book. I would work on the book projects and then shift gears to make garments and dye fabrics and scarves, all the usual items I create for shows. Then I would work on class projects and all that entails to apply at art retreats and making kits. Then back to the book like the swing of a pendulum.
I also did some traveling for fun. I went to Alaska for ten days to see the Glacier Bay area. I took a trip to the San Juan Islands of Washington State. I took two trips to Sedona to take art workshops, one with Kate Thompson and one with Cas Holmes.
Now I am away again visiting friends in Texas and will be traveling to Missouri to visit my folks and friends there.
When I return home I will be preparing for the Goat Hill Fair at the Watsonville, CA fairgrounds November 9 & 10. This is a very cool vintage fair I am so happy to be part of.
After vending at Goat Hill I only have a couple of garments to finish details on for the book before the photo shoot to take “beauty” shots. Whew! Really I think this will be the finale for the book to be ready to send to the editor.
I will be launching a website when I get closer to publishing so I will be announcing the url when it is up and running with all the info about my book and how and where to purchase it!