This week, I was pleasantly surprised to see the final cover design of my new book Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery:
The artwork gracing the cover is a piece by the husband and wife duo Tumim & Prendergast, conceptual embroidery artists who are based in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. This stitched hippo is a piece for their series of embroidered animals titled Travellers which is based on the theme of mortality.
Yesterday we found out that the book weighs in at a whopping 408 (!) pages, which means it has ‘thud factor’ – publishing terminology for a publication that literally makes a big sound when it hits a table. The additional pages means that it may be a bit of time before pre-orders will be available, though the book is set for release in September. If youâ€™d like to get the somewhat-breaking news, sign up for my quarterly e-newsletter on the contact page of this blog.
I am also running a contest over at www.unexpectedembroidery.com. We are making some mini buttons to give away with the books and I’d love to have your input on what phrases we should print on the button. I’ll draw ten names from the blog comments. Winners will receive a package of assorted mini buttons from me and a surprise crafty treat – such as a package of vintage buttons, unusual colors of embroidery thread, or stickers!