My next book, 101 Tees - Lark Crafts!
I would be a gazillionaire, if I could bottle the feeling I get when a years worth of work arrives at my doorstep in the form of a book! It has been a long and hard journey....I made 178 designs for the book and 150+ made it to print....but for some reason we call it 101 Tees....??? LOL!
Some projects are harder than others....
This book was particularly difficult to design and write - I guess I should not say difficult since the projects are all easy to make. A journey is probably a better way to explain it. You see, when I was first chatting with my editor about the follow up concept to 101 Snappy Fashions and we decided on tees as the next canvas, I did not know the life changes that were around the corner for me and my family.
Me and Hrant Filian my dear Father-in-Law
As I visualized his life, him stitching and sewing his way for survival while he was held as a prisoner of war, I was filled with his ambition, his love of the thread and his passion for creating. I began designing anywhere I could. The embroidered tee in the above picture I made in his hospital room. I remember showing it to him and he had such a big smile and giggled when he looked at it. He gave me a thumbs up. After he passed away it was hard to make anything. It was hard to glitter. Hard to paint. Hard to think about anything creative. I wish he was here to see the finished book - since it was his life story that got me through the process.
As I flip through the book I am so excited and I know Hrant would be so proud of it!!!! It is nuts when you see it all put together. So many talented hands and minds work to make a book, a book! To celebrate this journey and my latest book, I am going to do a bunch of giveaways and eat a big piece of chocolate cake!