that my work is featured in several new craft books? Both books are published by the fabulous Lark Books, whose catalog I used to dream over in the eighties. As a teen, I often spent my birthday money ordering craft books from them, little dreaming that some day I would be one of their designers! I have done several other projects with them, with more on the way for 2009, but these two books are so fun and yummy, they are my favorites.
First up is A is for Apron by Nathalie Mornu:
I have two aprons in this book, both of which have been fabulously styled and well-photographed, which is truly gratifying. You may make a terrific project but unless the production people are good at what they do--well, you can guess how that might go. Anyway, this is a great great book. So many cool aprons! I have plans for several of these patterns. I am really glad to have been a part of this project and anyone who likes aprons should really check this book out.
If you like aprons, maybe you like to cook? That isn't true for me but it could be for many people! And even those of us who don't particularly *like* to cook may still find ourselves in the kitchen next to a hot stove. Nothing cheers me up more than a cool, handmade kitchen accessory that reminds me that my real life of sewing awaits me after I finish up.
Pretty Little Potholders is the latest entry in the "Pretty Little..." series that also included pincushions and patchwork.
I have three potholders featured and again, excellent photography and good styling. I think my work is shown to it's best advantage. Many other fun projects by bloggers and designers that many will recognize. This book has a fun retro feel and some easy and fun projects that would make great gifts ( it's August 1 people! Time to start planning your Christmas and holiday making!)
Actually, you know what would make a fun gift? An apron that you made with some matching fabric and the potholder book! That would be good for someone just learning how to sew.
Here's a peek inside the books, with my projects featured. It may be shameless self-promotion but what else can I do? If you have the books, check me out (Betsy Couzins) and feel free to tell me what you think (unless you think they are awful and ugly in which case I say "didn't your elders teach you what to say when you don't have anything nice to say???")