I think about three seconds passed between the time I saw mummysam’s etsy page and the time that I started writing an email to invite Sam, of mummysam fame, to submit a proposal to us. Maybe four seconds. Tops.
I hope you’ll forgive a bit of a long-winded personal bit here, but I can still remember thinking as I pressed the send button, that I hoped that she wasn’t working with another publisher already. I held my breath.
Then a wonderful thing happened—she replied! And thus began a stream of what has become some of the most treasured correspondence I have had in my role as Acquisitions Editor. Lucky, lucky me.
An immediate friendship began between the two of us as we have so much in common (except for the uber-talented fiber artist part that she, alone, owns!). But she wasn’t a natural fit for C&T Publishing. And that, my friends, is where Stash Books really saw its beginnings.
I spent one breath trying to convince Sam that she could fit into an exciting new direction C&T was going in, and the next breath trying to convince C&T that we needed to create Stash Books as an imprint for which she’d be a great fit. And all of us took a deep breath (okay, we did a boatload of research too), held hands, and jumped in.
Everything Sam Cotterill creates has a life of its own. Her wool felt figurines and accoutrements all combine to embody a feeling she wants you to see. Her work is like fine photography where an entire history can be captured in one moment. Sam does that with her stitching. She really does. Look:
She combines cotton and wool as the base of the projects, but the real artistry occurs in the threadwork. We were sure to include plenty of options for stitching faces, houses, cars, and other patterns so that you can successfully re-create these wonderfully expressive characters yourself.
Sam’s book borders on being an art book because of the fabulous pen-and-ink scenery she drew that accompanies each figure to help tell their story.
With patterns and instructions for over 15 figures, Sam’s book teaches you to be successful with felties and inspires you to go on to create scenes of your own.
I am (still) so thrilled that Sam replied to that first email of mine so many months ago, and think you will be too when you pick up her beautiful book. I think I just may have let out a wee squeal when I was finally able to flip through a finished copy myself. Go ahead….take a look…when was the last time you let out a good squeal? I can’t wait to see what all of you create!
Check out the book page for Fanciful Felties with mummysam.