because I hate a post without pictures
I am working, and working and working.  My back is killing me from the hours I spend hunched over sewing or drafting at the computer - I've got to stop doing that!  I wish I could write more about the new designs I'm working on, but I know it will be fun to share them all later.  I should say that I love working on the book: I'm learning like crazy, and I have so much work left to do, but it is thrilling.

I do want to tell you that I've made some exciting improvements to the flip dolls!  A few simple adjustments to the construction make them much easier to put together, and a bit neater too.  You can see these changes on the flip doll patterns that are in the shop now, and if you've previously purchased the Owl and Pussycat pattern or George and the Dragon, you can get the updated version (check your Etsy convo's or send me an email).  I've also worked out a new type of flip doll, that is even simpler while still super fun - but you'll have to wait for the book to see that.  ;)
I spent some birthday money on Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts which is both lovely and excellent and prompting more ideas that I have time to work on now.   If you like having reference-type books in your studio, this is top-notch, of-course.  I'd also recommend the Reader's Digest Guide to Sewing (the link is to the 80's version I have, but I think there are newer ones, too).


Plushpussycat said...

Hi Laura, I've been hunched over my computer the last few days--same pain--yikes! :-)

Hayley said...

On a completely unrelated note...we just read that little tractor book I see in the background there 2 nights ago!

Nicole Blum said...

Hi Laura,
This is my first time visiting your blog and as I started reading this entry, I felt like I was reading my own. I am currently working on a book for Storey Publishing- a sewing book with 101 projects. My co-author and I have finished writing, developing, and sewing finals and I am in the process of preparing for the photo shoot right now. I am also self-taught and the book will be full of clothes and other projects that you can make without patterns- improv style (no stuffed animals in mine). It has been a blast and truly the hardest I have ever worked in my life. I really can't believe how much I learned during those many months. I didn't feel like I stood up straight until it was handed in, so I can really relate. Look for my book next spring! Best of luck with your awesome stuffies and projects!