Sew La Tea Do! Yes! Our book! It is called ‘Sew La Tea Do : 24 Favourite Things To Sew!’
You likey? I likey! I have been a bit quiet over here because I had an epic few weeks finishing off 40 pages of how-to diagrams for our lovely designer Michelle Mackintosh to chop up and position within the text. It was really epic! But so much fun. I am the luckiest gal to be able to work on this project with such ace people.
So here are some behind the scenes photos for you to peek at. In these shots you can see me and Michelle Mackintosh (our designer) and John Laurie (photographer) and Chris (photographer) and Ari (son!) and Jane Winning (from Hardie Grant, my publisher) and ME!
These shots were taken in Melbourne at John’s studio at at Roxy’s house in Healesville where we shot a whole lot of gorgeous stuff. It is so lovely to look back over them, because we had such a wonderful time and worked together like the total dream team. Sigh. Happy days.
It’s such a long process to write an instructional book and make it look lovely too, and not like a crappy text book from Year 8 Home Ec. But it’s a great process. And I think that we have made a really gorgeous book, even though it’s still being tweaked and proof-read and all that kinda gumph. Here is how it kind of goes, in case you are interested…
Come up with idea : have a meetingPublisher takes it to their acquisitions meeting : (yep, another meeting)Get the go ahead : have a meetingDecide on the projects and format : at a meetingStart work on some of the projectsSend some of the project sketches to pattern maker : after a meetingWork like a demon sampling all the projectsMake changes : post meetingMake all the projects againWrite all the instructions for the projects : while making the projects againHave a meetingHave another meetingMake the projects again for the photo shoot so that the final samples are exactly what we wantDay packing props for shootPhoto shoot : Four days and two meeting priorSpend day unpacking propsEdits come through from editor : edit all text and projectsLots of chats with designer and editor6 days of making diagramsFirst pages come back from designer via publisherGo through pages making any final changes
That’s where I am up to now!
We still have lots more things to do like finalise the cover design and finish the patterns (their markings and instructional bits and bobs and labelling too). And then the Publicity Machine will kick in in a month or so and I’ll be chatting til I am blue in the face about all things crafty. And then… in October… the book will be in store! And not just our store. Good stores everywhere. Hurrah!
So why don’t you make a book. Don’t you think? If you want to? I think you can. So get going!