Stitch by Stitch is Officially Here!

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For those of you following along on Twitter, this is not breaking news, but: my publisher has shipped out the book early, and it’s officially available for purchase!  Woot!  I found out sort of by accident–I went to send the Amazon link and noticed that their website had updated to “In Stock.”  I swear, my heart skipped a beat.  It’s funny, because I realize now that when I was staying up late to meet my deadlines, when I was laying out the patterns, when I was stitching the samples, when I was shipping box after box of materials to the publisher to be photographed, it all felt like play-pretend.  Then, when I got the printed version, it felt like magic, but not like it was real.  Ridiculous as it sounds, when I saw it “in stock” on Amazon, that’s when it felt like I had written a book.  I know, I know, but there it is.

I’m just so excited and proud of all the work by all the people who put their time and talent into taking my projects and manuscript and making them into a Real Book.  And I feel so very deeply that the content–learning to sew by creating projects that teach foundational skills while giving instant gratification and motivation to continue–is something whose time has come, and is such a fantastic way for folks today to learn to sew.  My mission is to lead everyone who reads the book to passionately love sewing, full stop.  And I feel so grateful to have a finished book to share with you that does even a little bit to help that happen!

Thanks to all of you who’ve been reading and commenting and encouraging me along the way.  You’re all in the acknowledgments!

Signed copies of Stitch by Stitch are shipping NOW, personalized just for you!  The book is also available online through Amazon (only three copies left!) and Barnes & Noble, and within the week should be in bookstores all over.  Eeep!  Am heading out with my camera in hand in hopes of catching one in the wild…

In the coming weeks, I’ll be doing a blog tour to some of my favorite blog destinations, and leading up to that sharing some projects that are extensions of what’s included in the book, with additional pattern pieces and tutorials–hooray!  Keep an eye on the Stitch by Stitch page for updates, as well as for signings and appearances. I’m having so much fun meeting folks in person who I’ve gotten to know through comments and through Twitter–I hope I’ll have the chance to meet a whole bunch more of you at events in coming months!

Happy stitching, y’all!

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  • Michael Moebes, Esq.
    August 11, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    You are, as the young folks say, “the bomb.”

  • dana
    August 11, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    CONGRATS!!! EXCITING. Very Exciting.

  • Cathy A
    August 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Congratulations to you!! That must be an amazing feeling to see your book in stores!!

  • Dusty
    August 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Congrats!! I can’t wait to get my copy!!

  • Genevieve Gail
    August 11, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Congratulations!!! The cover is beautiful and I’m sure the whole book is as well! What an accomplishment, well done ♥

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  • Janimal
    August 12, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. How wonderful!

  • Holly
    August 15, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I just got home from vacation and it was waiting on my doorstep! What an awesome surprise! I can’t wait to start looking through it! I want to find out when you are at the store so I can come get it autographed 🙂

  • Cheryl
    October 25, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I had the opportunity to peruse your book at the book store today and loved it! Well done! Best sewing book I have seen out there hands down.

    I would love to do a signed copy giveaway of your book on my blog. Please email me if you would be interested.

    Thanks so much.

  • April
    August 18, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Hi! I’m a new sewer and I bought your book to help get started. I have to say that I adore your friendly writing style and the clear instructions. I’ve read to the second project and ordered supplies for the mini-projects and the napkins and place mat projects. I also looked at the tote bag project and this leads me to a question.

    Your description of the napkins and place mats as picnic items inspired me. Would it be possible to alter the tote bag project to be a liner for a picnic basket without taking away from the lessons I need to learn? The shape should be the same but it might be shorter and the dimensions would be different depending on the basket size.

    I’m also thinking of incorporating the pocket design from the place mat project as holders for utensils. Also, I’ll probably add some elastic to hold plates, cups, etc in place. Finally, I’ll probably use ribbon to attach the liner through the weave of the basket. As I have to work through the other projects first, I probably won’t get to this for awhile but I wanted to go ahead and purchase fabric that coordinates with the other two projects before it sells out. However, I don’t want to do anything until I know whether this idea is feasible.


    • Deborah
      August 18, 2011 at 10:50 am


      Shhhh! I’ll tell you a secret: not only is your idea feasible, but I’m working on a second book and it includes a project very similar to what you describe! So, yes, you can totally adapt the skills from the tote to make the picnic liner you envision–but more importantly, I’m *elated* that you’d jump ahead to do that, since that is exactly what I’d hoped the book would enable you to do!! Thanks so much for using it, and I hope you’re really loving to sew!

  • April
    August 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you so much for your reply! I’m so eager to get started on the projects in your book but I’m still waiting on the fabric I ordered. In the meantime, I’m having a lot of fun reading your beautifully illustrated book and practicing stitching straight. 🙂