swatches of our book's color palette + embroidery floss for inspiration
We are so
excited to share a behind-the-scenes look at our new book! We are
Jen Fox and Sarah Case, and we had so much fun designing the projects in this
Transfer • Embellish • Stitch comes
out in October and teaches hands-on surface design techniques to use with
fabric. You will learn how to transfer a decorative motif to your sewing
project with four different image-transfer methods: stencils, transfer paper,
freezer paper, and fusible web. Then, you can add embellishments like paint,
embroidery, reverse appliqué, appliqué, and deColourant in various ways to
elevate and personalize your project. There are sixteen sewing projects in the book,
from wearables to fun, useful gifts for the home. We are beyond excited for its
work-in-progress; the finished piece is in the book as an inspiration project.
book is a long, intense process! Our book saga started in the spring of 2014 at
International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. Jen was there to show her sewing patterns
and a fabric collection, as well as a collection of projects that we had created
together. Inspired by our collaboration, we were excited to talk with book
publishers to share a concept for a book that had been brewing!
of the techniques used in the book: deColourant and appliqué.
getting a bite from C&T Publishing, we fine-tuned our proposal. We outlined
project ideas and concepts and sketched and brainstormed a lot to tighten up our
vision of what we really wanted the book to be about. Our primary goal is to
encourage experimentation with sewing rather than following a strict set of
rules. We shaped the format of the book around that concept and designed
projects that could be mixed and matched with a variety of decorative
techniques, all of which are explained in the book.
Proposal packet and initial concept sketches in progress.
and C&T were all in agreement with the proposal and the outline for the
book, the real fun (and hard work!) began! More sketching, experimenting,
designing, coffee breaks, brainstorming, napping, color planning, sewing, and
Sketches for the
book's quilt project. The one in the book ended up being closest to the bottom
We had a
lot of fun designing the projects and figuring out which motifs and
embellishments to use for which project. It became a game of mixing and
matching to make sure that the motifs, techniques, and embellishments were
equally represented in the book.
all solid-colored fabrics in the book so that the motifs could take center
process of editing the book and combing through all of the text, creating
illustrations, and making sure everything matched up was a tremendous
undertaking and required a lot of concentrated energy and time. We will never
look at a sewing or craft book the same way again!
a round of book edits at the local coffee shop.
for book launch parties happening this fall in Albuquerque (Jen’s home base) and
in Denver (Sarah's home base) by following us on
Instagram! We would love to have you celebrate with us. In the
meantime, the book is available for preorder, and we would love to see what you
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