Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Exciting announcement!

I'm very proud (and excited!) to announce that I've written a sewing book for children!! Get Into: Sewing will be published by Wayland Books on 8th September 2016. I know!! I can't quite believe it either!!

Wayland is a non-fiction children's publisher and Get Into: Sewing is part of a creative craft series designed to get kids interested in popular hobbies. I was commissioned to write the sewing title and I couldn't be prouder! Other titles in the series are Knitting, Gardening, Baking, Drawing and Photography, all due to be published in the autumn. 


The book starts by demonstrating simple, hand stitching techniques, then guides the reader through eleven easy-to-follow sewing projects. The projects are fun and colourful and are all designed for hand sewing. They gradually increase in difficulty, starting with a simple lavender bag and working up to a drawstring bag and a set of juggling balls! The age range for the series is 8-11 year olds. Here's a sneaky peek of one of the easier projects:


It was great fun putting together the different projects in the book and I can't wait to share more of them nearer the release date. In the meantime, if you like what you see and have any children, nephews, nieces or friends who might enjoy it, it's available to pre-order on Amazon here!! Eeeeekkkkk! I hope you like it!

And finally…. my book doesn't have a printed dedication, so I'm going to give one here on the blog:

To Hannah, with lots of love 

Hannah is our eight year old niece in Australia. She's currently recovering from a serious riding accident and is making the most amazing progress. She's also super crafty: I know she likes sewing and was knitting up a storm when she visited last year! I can't think of anybody more perfectly suited to dedicate my book to. Go Hannah, you're awesome! x





61 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see it Jane, sounds like a great gift for my boys who enjoy a bit of sewing now and then.

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    1. Thanks Grace! I tried to gear it towards girls and boys so there should be plenty in there for your boys. x

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  2. Your whole blog is a tutorial for me. You have a lovely way of explaining things. This should be wonderful. Well done you K xXx

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    1. Aw that's very nice to hear, thank you! x

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  3. wow - amazing news! many congrats Jane! I'll definitely get a copy to keep for my girl to use when she's old enough :)

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    1. Thanks Shivani! I love the idea of your little girl using the book when she's older! x

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  4. woohoo! exciting! i will have to get a copy for the small person.

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    1. I know!! Aw that's Joanne! she's the perfect age (I think?!) X

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  5. Wow! Well done! It looks brilliant!!

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    1. Thanks Jo! They've done a great job on the illustrations, can't wait to see the final version in all its glory!

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  6. Congratulations! How lovely for you!

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  7. Well done! I can't wait to see it!!! X

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  8. like I said on ig Yay you!!...super proud and excited for you!
    The above project really looks like fun, might have a go at it for an xmas tree deco? myself this year,
    you are all kinds of awesome
    best Ashley xx

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    1. Thanks Ashley! 😘 That gingerbread man is super easy - and no pattern needed either! x

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  9. Oh, that's so cool! Here's to the next generation of sewists!

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  10. I probably know the answer, sadly, but: will this be available to Candian buyers?

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    1. The honest answer is I'm not sure. I'll contact my publisher and let you know. Thanks. x

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  11. That's fantastic you must feel very proud. Well done

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    1. I am very proud, thanks Tracy! x

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  12. Well done Jane, my 2 granddaughters will love this 😀

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    1. Ah fab, that's lovely to hear thank you! x

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  13. Congratulations on your book, Jane!!! That's awesome!

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  14. Your book looks great. I've been looking for sewing gifts for my son who is really interested in sewing but most books are aimed at girls. It's just a pity it isn't due to be released until 2 days after his birthday! It will make a perfect Christmas gift though :)

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    1. Ah shame about the timings, but definitely perfect for xmas! There are lots of projects that boys would enjoy in the book. x

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  15. Oh, that's just wonderful Jane! Congratulations!!!

    So sorry to hear of your little niece's accident but very glad she is making excellent progress. (We breed 'em hardy down here.) Your dedication is SURE to make her smile! :)

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, she's doing brilliantly thanks, lots of therapy sessions but as you say, she's one tough little Aussie cookie! x

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  16. Well done my friend, I'm SO proud of you!!! And I hope Hannah makes a full and speedy recovery!xx

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    1. Thank you love. xx Hannah is a superstar, she's astounding us all! x

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  17. That's fab, well done for trying something new, children need to be more creative as technology is taking over!

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    1. I agree, it's always lovely to see children being creative! x

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  18. I wish this book was available when my girls were little. It looks wonderful.

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    1. Thanks so much Gail! I wish it had been available when I was little actually, I'd have loved it! x

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  19. What a great idea, Jane! And most timely; a lot of children today are not acquainted with the home arts, and this will only make it easier to encourage those interested to take one of them up. Good for you! And good luck to your little niece Hannah for a speedy recovery.

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    1. Thank you, I hope it does encourage a few children to take up sewing! X

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  20. Congratulations, Jane. I suspect this will be a huge success.

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  21. Congrats! Very exciting. Hope your next book is on garment sewing for adults.

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    1. Thank you, it's very exciting! x

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  22. Ooh Congratulations, I look forward to having a flick through it when it comes out. x

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  23. Congratulations Jane, it looks brilliant! I'd love it if my son was interested in sewing so anything I can do to help that along is good, I'll need to get this for when he's a bit older.

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    1. Aw that's lovely to hear, thanks. Start them young I say! x

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  24. Jane - aren't you awesome! How wonderful for all of the newbie-kiddie sewists.

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    1. Thanks Kristin, it does feel pretty awesome! x

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    1. Thanks Sonja, I'm thrilled! x

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