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stitch love // what the process and progress feels like

Stitch Love proof pages

When they ask you to write a book, they don't tell you what it will feel like. I knew that this would be a lot of work, and I knew that it would be a long process, but I didn't know what it would feel like. Let me tell you: It's amazing and emotional and disheartening and wonderful. It's actually a mix of all those things with some gratitude and dread thrown in for good measure.

If you haven't heard, I've been crafting a book. I say crafting because it's more than just writing, it's drafting patterns, drawing illustrations, sewing things, writing words, and stitching motifs. LOTS of stitching motifs!

It's a roller coaster of things coming together so very well, followed by self-doubt, then thinking it's perfect, and then worrying that nothing will be right. A proof arrived the other day for me to edit and check and mark up with a red pen. I'm doing lots of marking, so the mix of feelings is in full force.

But I'm so happy that I'm seeing it come along, and so happy that I get to tell you bits about it here and there. Things like, you know...the title. Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small. That's right...it's a book filled with animals to stitch! Never did I ever imagine that I would draw so many creatures as I did for this book. There were times that I didn't think I could do it, but sketch after sketch, I found myself loving the process.

The book will come out in January 2015, and it's officially available for pre-order on Amazon. There's no cover yet, but just seeing the listing there is so exciting.

Now how about a tiny peek into the pages I'm proofing?

Stitch Love proof pages

I told you it was a tiny peek! No giving away anything just yet! But I can't, can't, can't wait for you to see this whole thing. Only six more months to go!

20 comments:

  1. Hi Mollie,

    I understand the feeling, I'm in the same area of euphoria too with my new app. The many hours of work designing, writing, editing, but the end result gives you an amazing feeling. Congrats on the book, looking forward to seeing it.
    Arlene
    http://arlenes-crafts.blogspot.com.au/

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  2. I just pre-ordered it! I can't wait to get it! Congrats to you!! :)

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  3. So exciting, and so happy for you, Mollie. :) It's definitely a whole jumble of emotions - anxiety was a pretty huge one for me - but absolutely worth it in the end. Am really looking forward to seeing how it all turns out. Heaps of luck ploughing through that very neat-looking stack of proofs!

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  4. I am so excited for you!!! Is it too much to wish for a book signing/stitch-along once the book is out in the world?? ;)

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  5. Can't wait to get my hands on it!

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  6. So excited! Congratulations on your book. You are so very talented and I'm thankful to you for sharing your lovely patterns.

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  7. Very exciting--can't wait to see more; I've already added it to my wish list on Amazon :)

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  8. I'm so excited for you, Mollie! I'm also learning as I go along that with great risk, sometimes scary risk - comes great reward, and growth and lots of good stuff, including hard work which is just what this looks like to me. I can't wait to see your book, I know it's going to be terrific and it'll definitely be on my MUST PURCHASE list!

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  9. Congratulations! How exciting to watch your career progress . . . I love your amazing talent and fun tutorials. I'm looking forward to seeing the book!

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  10. Ha! teeny tiny peek! Can't wait!

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  11. This is a big deal! I am so excited to see the final result. I'm sure it will be full of cuteness :)

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  12. So exciting! I can't wait to see it. I hope you'll give us more sneak previews.

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  13. Just pre-ordered your book - so nice to know it will be winging its way to New Zealand early next year in time for Miss H's birthday. Yipee!

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  14. That IS a teeny-tiny peek!

    Still looking forward to it, though. ;)

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  15. I am so excited to see this book, I am sure it will be absolutely amazing! It's so hard to put a ton of effort into something you can't show off.

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  16. Fantastic! Can't wait.

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  17. I am excited for you and for all of us!!! Your talent is boundless! January can't get here fast enough!!!!

    Congratulations!

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  18. just came out from under my rock... congratulations on your book!!!! i just checked it out on amazon, and i'm so excited! from yetis to hedgehogs, january will no longer be a dreary after-Christmas month. now it has something wonderful to look forward to! hooray!

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