Today, I had the privilege of flipping through an early copy of Kerry Goulder's new book, Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love. The release is set for mid- October, but I got my hands on one of the only two copies Kerry has seen herself.
My first peek at this charming project book was earlier this year when Kerry asked me to write the book's foreword. Over the course of several emails back and forth and a couple of phonecalls, I got to know Kerry and her concept. Each project in the book is tied to a story and centered on four themes, taking us "from a fairy woodland, to the coastal waters, to the arctic, and back."
Kerry lives in Maine with the ocean as her neighbor. One of my favorite projects in the book is her Pinchy the Lobster character. Coming from the land of paisley turtles and floral elephants, there's something about a calico lobster that certainly works for me.
I also love her station wagon and hipster-camping-trailer pattern above. Not only does it wax nostalgic, but here's one car toy that won't split your eyebrow open when your toddler attacks. That's a true bonus. I've had more than one request from my family to design some soft boy-toys suitable for snuggling. Our Evan likes a big reaction. This often translates into experimental hammering on his siblings and parents—especially at bedtime.
Beyond these great projects, Kerry has also included a dolphin pattern, an orca whale, a row boat, a hot air balloon, a teddy bear, and an igloo—to name just a few. A wide variety of projects for one book.
Join me in congratulating Kerry and KP Craft on their lovely new book. Watch for Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love: 18 Toy Patterns for the Storytelling Sewist to reach your local bookstore or fabric shop this fall and go get yourself a copy. Also, keep up with Kerry on her Kid Giddy blog (she's just beginning to post reveals of her gorgeous new sewing studio), and on facebook, twitter, pinterest, and flickr while you're at it.
Today's giveaway winner will receive this early copy of the book—signed by the author and me. Invaluable :-) Comment to enter. One entry per household. Be sure to include your email address in the comment form so we can contact you if you win.
Giveaway closes at 11:59pm PST on Sunday 9/1/13. It's a holiday weekend and the final stretch of my giveaway marathon. As such, I'm giving you through the weekend to enter so everyone can have a decent shot—even those who have found time away from the computer with their families! Watch for the winner to be announced within the week at the bottom of the post.
For more info on my August giveaway party, click here. Please share the word. See you again tomorrow. And Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone.