There have been many different things going on here lately, all of which I've failed to adequately photograph or document for blogging purposes. Amidst it all, I took this photo (below) the day the advance copy of my new book arrived, for Facebooking purposes. (I'm afraid the ease of speedy updates means that I spend more time there, these days).
If you follow me on Facebook, you've probably already seen these sneaky-peeks into the bag designs that are in THE BETTER BAG-MAKER, but here are a few more words to accompany the images.
The book is all about sewing bags with finesse, no matter if you're a beginner or a confident, experienced sewing whizz.
The first part of the book is filled with information, tips and techniques that apply across the board with bag-making - interfacings, reducing bulk, neat topstitching and methods of constructing basic straps, pockets and bases. I also show you how to change the proportions of the one basic pattern to make bags of different shape, size and purpose.
Then there is a basic bag, to walk you through the processes of making the basic shape ...and you make a rather nice shopping tote (below, in fabric by Ink&Spindle).
Then, using the same pattern, I start introducing new techniques for details on bags, beginning with simple drawstrings and bag rings... (like this happy little number in Curlypops fabric, below).
Then the details get a little more detailed as the skill-level increases. This is designed to walk you through at a pace where you can gain confidence and expand your repertoire, but it also means that confident bag-makers can jump in anywhere and have a crack at learning something new, like fancy (and very well-finished) gusseted patch pockets.....
These are just some of the photos I snapped before the bags were sent to the publishers. You can see a few of the real pics from the book (and more of the bag designs) on their Flickr page here.
You can see more of my photos and some of my pattern-tester's photos on a group I've started on Flickr here. Feel free to join the group if you are interested. You'll be able to share your own photos of bags made from the book, if you so desire.
I hope that some of my pattern-testers are more on the blogging ball than I am, lately, because they are now allowed to share the details of what they made while sifting through unedited piles of notes and separate files of images. The all deserve medals for working with that unwieldy format.
There were 6 projects cut from the book in the first edit (it was a page-count issue), and I'd like to thank the fabulous pattern testers who put in so much effort on these ones, but don't get to show them off. Believe me, I know how you feel. I'm trying to work around ways of using these designs and all this work in another format.
Stay tuned over the next few months. I'm sure there will be more sneak-peeks, reviews and giveaways in the blogosphere, and I'll keep you posted on that.
In the meantime, I'm teaching a lot, around the traps, and must get back to organising a few things. If you're interested in coming to a class, keep your eye on this page, (as well as on Facebook...).