FunStitch Studio Launches at CHA Winter 2013! And a Giveaway!

Fresh on the heels of our astoundingly successful Stash Books imprint, C&T Publishing is excited to announce the creation of FunStitch Studio, a children’s books imprint that strives to instill a love of handmade in the next generation.  This imprint’s tagline says it all: “Stitch Your Art Out.”

FunStitch Studio debuts at CHA 2013

Our goal is to nurture new sewists, embroiderers, and quilters with accurate, inspirational, educational, and easy-to-use ideas and projects.

FunStitch Studio debuts at CHA 2013

Six titles aimed at 8- to 14-year-olds will be published annually and feature 300+ color photos and illustrations, including step-by-step project photos, many showing the young sewist at work. The first title will be released in March 2013.

We Love to Sew by Annabel Wrigley for FunStitch Studio

“We Love to Sew” written by Annabel Wrigley will be our first release for FunStitch Studio!

Each title will include a skill-building component that will teach them how to be confident creators.

FunStitch Studio debuts at CHA 2013

Join us in offering kids and parents an opportunity to step away from a screen and make something handmade – today.

Click the link below to see a little video of our booth at CHA!

 Launch of FunStitch Studio at CHA 20122012


Doesn’t this look amazing?! Share you thoughts and you could be the winner of We Love to Sew once it is released on March!

The giveaway – To enter to win a copy of  We Love to Sew, leave a comment here telling us what you think about our new baby – um – I mean imprint!  Deadline to enter is 01/21/13.  The winner will be drawn at random from the comments section and will be notified by email. Our winner’s name will also be listed here as an update to this post. *Note: Only entrants with U.S addresses are eligible to win this book. Winners with addresses outside the U.S. will win the e-book version!

1/22/13 UPDATE: Gail is our winner – Congratulations!


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  1. Posted January 18, 2013 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    I think it is a great idea. We need to teach the younger generation to keep the arts alive.

  2. Lee Griffin
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    The comfy quilt I made for my niece this holiday season has inspired her to sew. She’s 8 and her parents bought her a gimmicky child’s sewing machine as a present, but its been impossible to thread. I think they, as parent,s will benefit from the FunStitch titles to help guide the purchase of supplies and equipment.

  3. Posted January 16, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    “We Love to Sew” is perfect for my grand-daughters and grand-nieces. They will have great fun with new ideas and instructions to sew their favorite girly things. Can’t wait to get my hands on copies for them. Thanks for the next winner! I am a quilter and a huge fan of your books.

  4. Sandra Cook
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Love this !!!! Wish they had something like this when I was young, hope to encourage grandchildren to learn to sew and craft. Thanks.

  5. Sara
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m so excited about this. My daughter is just learning how to sew!

  6. Posted January 16, 2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    I think this is great way to invite younger learners into the joy of stitching of any kind. I’d really love to have this book to help launch our new programs plans for our guild this year!

  7. Cathy Slovensky
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    How absolutely thrilling!! I’ve been nurturing young ones in crafts for years and there have never been really good books out there to pass along. This is so exciting!! And the generational results could be just what this world needs in terms of slowing down and creating, especially with our youth. You definitely know there are budding artists, jewelry makers, sewists, and so on out there just waiting for that creative spark to light. If you publish, they will come…:). Bravo, C&T…what a winner you are in the craft publishing world!

  8. Posted January 16, 2013 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    I have long waited for appropriate stitch projects for this age group. I can ‘t wait!

  9. Gina M in Seattle
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    I **LOVE** your quote, “…step away from a screen and make something handmade – today.” I am quilter with an 8 year old granddaughter. Kids are ‘addicted’ to computer stuff! We sewed gifts together at Christmas. Her attention span for sewing was about an hour, then she said she wanted to go home (next door). I asked her, “Why? What would you be doing at home?” She told me about her hand-held computer game. I suggested she go get it and bring it over. During the little moments while I re-threaded the machine or set up another project, she ‘gamed.’ It allowed us to sew for hours. She could NOT step away from the screen…! I celebrate your new imprint to encourage young sewists! HappyThankYouMorePLEASE (my fav movie!)

  10. Sabrina Cassidy
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    I really liked your new imprint. This is our exact target audience. It’s really important to include boys and projects for boys. The only negative comment I had was that it could have used a boy on the cover. Boys may not want a book that only shows girls in the pictures.

  11. Cheryl B.
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    This loks like a great book!

  12. Julielorene
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful idea. With 7 grandkids under 5, I’m hoping that some of them will want to create with Gramma. Hope there will be projects for boys as well.

  13. Joyce Mitchell
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    This is a wonderful idea. My nieces and great nieces (and maybe nephews too) will love these. Thanks.

  14. Posted January 16, 2013 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    What a fabulous idea. My 7 year old granddaughter is anxious to learn how to sew but I don’t know where to start! This looks like it will be a great resource.

  15. .
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    I am so glad for this new book,,i have five daughters..and we do craft night twice a month,,no children/babies they stay home with their dads and I get to spend quality time with my dtrs and we do on machine..all kinds of crafts..just getting to spend time with them makes me a happy camper..ages ranging 38 yrs old to 18 yrs old..

  16. MargaretQuilts
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for introducing your new book imprint. I’ve been considering what would be the next sewing project for my great granddaughter as I’m teaching her to sew. This book sounds like it could be helpful. One consideration as you release books is ensuring the project instructions can be used by left handed children such as my GGD. Thanks for the chance.

  17. Jenny
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    im really looking forward to this imprint. my 7 year old is so ready to start stitching! she is creative, but needs some guideance! thanks so much

  18. Beulah @ Sowing Stitches
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    Finally! :) I’ve yet to meet a child that didn’t want to learn how to sew! And yes that includes boys too!!! Granted they are into more outdoorsy things for camping, exploring, hunting and fishing but they do love to sew!

  19. Elisabetta
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    everything that teaches to learn sewing or crafting is really welcome, even for older people…
    I am italian, so I run for the e-book ^_^
    thank you so much for this nice opportunity
    P.S. why don’t you pick up two winner names, one for the “real” book and one for the digitaò one? it could be motivating!

  20. Evelyn
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    My grandchildren will love sewing books geared to their style and age.

  21. Shar
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    This look like a great book. I can’t wait to get my hands on one!

  22. Posted January 14, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    This looks like a great book for me to use when working with my granddaughters and their sewing projects

  23. Susan
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    I think this is a wonderful idea. Kids today need encouragement to try new things and get away from the mindless electronic stuff they spend time on in order for their brains to develop properly.

  24. hueisei
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Permalink


  25. Jane from MA
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Sounds so great!! Wish this was here when my girls were little – seems like a big help for us moms who want to keep the love of the arts going. Thanks for the chance to win this book!!

  26. Kathrynn
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    This new imprint sounds great.

  27. wordygirl
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    I think this is a tremendously good idea! I have two nieces in that age group and will be happy to share this book with them.

  28. Johanna
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    My girls will love this! They made quite a few thing this summer and enjoyed using the sewing machine too. Thanks for giving the next generation a head start!

  29. Posted January 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    My nieces both want to sew, because their grandmother does. They would love to have this book!

  30. Joan
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Love it!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Posted January 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    LOVE IT! My 12yo daughter is going to have a great time with this book. Can’t wait to see more of this line!

    Way to go, Stash Books!

  32. Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    I love this idea, can’t wait to see the books, my 8yr old sat watching me sew yesterday and was asking ‘what can I make?’ this looks like it will be ideal for her. Thanks!

  33. Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    This is GREAT! Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Merrilee Gladkosky
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    This is wonderful. I taught art for many years and I tried hard to incorporate some sewing into the grade levels. I think you’ve hit on something very important. I learned to sew on my grandmother’s treadle singer. But now, the extended family and, most importantly, the kind of quality time it takes to show someone how to sew with love, just isn’t available in many people’s lives. Good for you!

  35. Maria do Carmo
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Adorei!!!Me deu uma saudade do meu tempo de infancia e pré-adolescencia,quando (obrigada por minha avó)fazíamos aulas de bordado,tricô,crochê e aplicações em roupas,como shortes e camisetas.Para ir era uma guerra,eu não queria,mas minha avó e minhas irmãse primas davam força e na volta era só alegria.Na oura semana era a mesma estória…..Parabéns pela iniciativa.Ensinei para minhas filhas o que eu aprendi,e elas fazem um pouco de tudo.Beijos.

  36. Posted January 14, 2013 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    I am so excited to hear about this imprint! My daughter is going to love it…as she wants to sew “just like her mom” Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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