I thought I’d tell you a bit more about how this book came to be, after years of patience and waiting for just the right opportunity.
When my 2006 book went out of print, I got so many emails from people asking where they could find one. Sometimes there would be used copies on Amazon or eBay but the prices were usually ridiculous. Since many of the book patterns are not available on my site, I wanted to keep all of the original patterns and build on those. And since so many people tell me that they refer to my book over and over, I felt like I needed to deliver something bigger and better on top of all that.
The new book has redesigned charts and stitch counts added (thanks to your feedback via Facebook). My contractual deal was to add 10 completely new patterns, but I felt like I could do better so I threw in 7 more patterns that are new to the book. That way, the total number of patterns is FIFTY! Plus, I added a few new alphabets and rewrote/updated the rest. And a great photo of my mom, who is my biggest inspiration in life at a very sassy age 90. Finally, I stitched a new cover at the very last minute.
My original book packager, Quirk, was bought by powerHouse books in Brooklyn, and one of my favorite people to work with (Sharyn Rosart) moved with Quirk to powerHouse. We waited for the right time to publish this book through powerHouse — they haven’t published a craft book before, they do art and photography books, so I knew they’d make it beautiful. It was important to me not to limit myself to a craft publisher because I feel like the idea of Subversive Cross Stitch goes beyond the world of craft. powerHouse has been GREAT to work with, they really let me do my own thing according to what I thought you all would like (special thanks to those of you who voiced your opinions on Facebook, that really helped!)
Our patience paid off and together, we’ve produced a book with more heft — a TOME with a heckuva lot of value — and I think it’s just gorgeous. I hope you do, too!
Beginning February 17, 2015, the book will be available at Amazon and all bookstores in the US and abroad, but if you want a signed copy you should order it right here from me (because I’m far too shy to do public book signings). I’ll probably stop selling the book on my site in March. Thanks so much to those of you who pre-ordered the book, you’ll see yours soon! And thanks so much for your feedback, interest, and enthusiasm all these years. You keep me going!