Thursday, May 3, 2012

Special Fabric

It was the nicest thing, being there.
I'll look back on this evening, smiling.

And then someday I'll link back to this post and say, "See?"
And I'll be smiling then too.

When I started to tell Bryan that I wanted to go buy some fabric this evening he started to get that look on his face.  That exhausted look.  That, "Please don't make me go with you and watch Olivia while you spend hours pouring over fabric choices" look.  But when I asked if he minded if I slipped out and went by myself, he got that happy, relieved, pleasant look on his face.  So off I went.

I'll be honest and tell you guys that I'm a major cheapskate and most of the fabric you see on this blog comes from the remnant bin at Joann's.  It's just so reasonably priced.  And, truth be told, I much much much prefer working with smaller pieces of fabric that I can cut on my cutting mat without having to fold in weird ways.  So the remnant bin is a major win for me.  Cheap and small.  And with limited choices, which I think we can all agree is often a good thing.

But.  That's not where I went this evening.

Though I can't share any pictures or proof here on the ol' blog, I have been very busy for the past couple of months.  Busy sewing, that is.  I've been working on some especially special projects.  Projects I love.  And for especially special projects I needed some extra special fabric.  So instead of being a cheapskate this evening, I slipped over to my favorite fabric shop in Columbus.

Sew to Speak is the best little brick and mortar nook a fabric-hoarder could ever hope for.  It's so bright and cozy and inviting.  And so full of charming, wonderful fabric.  The only thing more wonderful than the adorable shop and all its contents are the sweet ladies who run it.

I've been in to visit Sew to Speak a number of times since I used to sell my handmade buttons and vintage zippers there.  So I've met most (maybe all?) of the girls who work there and they are all just the sweetest people.  Anita and her daughter April own and run the shop.  They've always been very kind to me, whether I was buying fabric or dropping off things to sell.

Tonight when I went in to do some shopping, Anita was the only other person in the shop.  It was about an hour before closing time on a quiet, sunny evening.  As I pulled fabric from the shelves and piled it up on the cutting table, Anita asked me if I was working on a project.  I told her I was.

And I think I'm ready to tell all of you what I'm working on too.  I'm writing a book.  A sewing book.  Or, rather, a book of sewing projects.  All of which will be easy and inviting for beginning sewers young and old, but still fun and inspiring for more experienced sewers too.

I don't have a publisher yet, though there is definitely one that is at the top of my list of hopefuls.  My goal is to finish testing all the projects and writing up all the instructions and get the book into some sort of cohesive, complete, finished (realistically, rough draft) form by the end of the year.  Then in January (or sooner if I'm ready) I'll start looking for a publisher.

I'm always a little sheepish about telling people, "I'm writing a book," because it's such uncharted water for me.  And, what if it never gets published?  Then everyone will know I'm a failure!  That, and it always feels funny to give people this image of me being some esteemed author, when really I'm just working away at things in my basement and scribbling down measurements and notes.

But when I told Anita tonight that I'm writing a book, she said some of the nicest things about it and me and my writing endeavors that anyone has ever said.  She made me feel like a colleague in the sewing world.  She took me seriously.  (Which is something I'm still working on--taking myself seriously, that is.)  She said a lot of other nice, encouraging things too, but I'll save that for later.  Maybe after the book is published.

Writing this book is something that has, in many ways, been a long time coming.  And I still have a long way to go before it's even ready to submit to publishers, but I am thrilled about it nonetheless.  I finished another one of the projects for it this afternoon and it turned out absolutely adorable.  And it was so simple and easy!  It kills me that I'll have to wait a long time to show you.

This little pile of fabric makes me so happy.  I look at this fabric and I know what each piece will become.  I'm so excited to share that with you.


Six Sisters said...

COOLEST. THING. EVER! I can't wait to hear how it goes! And can't wait to see your published book. It is going to be awesome! Good luck with everything! What a cool adventure!

Six Sisters said...

Oops! This is Camille by the way! :)

Jennifer said...

I already want to buy this!

Kathy Haynie said...

Yay for Anita's generous heart. May she be blessed with wonderful customers who appreciate her goodness. Oh wait, she! Thanks for posting about your happy evening.

Kristie said...

Love your pile of fabric, so pretty and cute. It made me happy to see it. And I can't wait to read your book. Just one more amazing book to put on my shelf. Oh, the thought of that makes me happy!
Enjoy the ride, and I can't wait to read the book!

Patty Walsh said...

What exciting news!! I can't wait! This post made me smile :) My husband gives me that exact same look when ever I want to go to a fabric or craft store.

Elizabeth said...

So awesome Katie! Your projects are always so cute with very clear instructions, so I think your book will be fantastic! How exciting!

Emily said...

Yay for you and for this post! :) I sure love you Katie and you know I absolutely love everything you do! So I cannot wait to see your book too! :) I know it will be wonderful and amazing.

Unknown said...

What a great idea! You go girl. I am proud to know you. I would love to help somehow. Photography? Layout? Editing? Yay!

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

I'm sure your book will turn out awesome! I got my sewing corner set up I'm itching to get back to some sewing.

Unknown said...

Is your book ready yet???

Unknown said...

Is there a book available yet???

Katie Lewis said...


Yes! You can buy it on Amazon here: