Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Stiltcher's Journey

A Stitcher's Journey is our newest book. Thought you might like to see the cover. I've been working on cover designs for the past two days and this is the one we have chosen. This book is a collection of the projects we taught in classes and retreats this past year.

Barb and I enjoyed traveling and meeting fun and creative women from all over the country.

We included an extra in this book. We were inspired by an exercise book from the Kildare Place Model School. Inside the book, we found a sampler and other examples of stitching. We believe the young woman who stitched the sampler and attended the school was in training to become a teacher/governess. We think she immigrated from Ireland to Australia, as we found her book in Australia. She wasn't able to take many belongings with her as she traveled, but she saved space in her trunk for her exercise book. The exercise book is filled with pieces she meticulously stitched. Each is an example of what she might teach her future pupils. Pictures of her work and the pattern for her sampler are included in this book too. Her journey is the one celebrated in this book.

I should be taking the book to the publisher tomorrow....we like the ink dry by the time market begins. The book is 52 pages packed with fun ideas and projects just for you! It will be released at Market, Feb. 19 - 20.


I'm still making bread. I just pulled these two babies out of the oven. I told Dave, "Guess what we are having for dinner? One for you and one for me!" These are pain de campagne, which in French means country bread. It's one of my new favorites: a bit of rye flour, unbleached flour, water, salt and yeast. Really so easy.... bread is the dessert of life.

Don't forget Pillow Talk. Yesterday was Connie from Cotton Way. Today is Joanna from Fig Tree and tomorrow is Lynn from Kansas Troubles.

Visit them all and tell them hello from me!

Until later dear friends.

Alma

83 comments:

  1. Your new book looks Fabulous!! thank you for producing this and thinking of those of us who were not able to attend your classes:))

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  2. Alma, your bread looks delicious!
    Love your cover! I can't imagine anyone not having 'Stitcher's Journey' on their wish list.
    Happy Sunday! Angie

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  4. Lovely cover! Another must have, I guess ;-)
    And your bread looks yummy! Here in France, we go to the bakery and eat fresh bread every day. I cannot even think of living somewhere without 2 or 3 bakeries down the street!!

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  5. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of that book! And the bread is just making me hungry. YUM!

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  6. O, a new book, wonderful. But first,I'm falling in love with "Garden Club". My first block ist ready.
    Thank you for wonderful designs.
    Happy new week
    Elke

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  7. "A Stitcher's Journey" looks and sounds like a wonderful treasure. I can't wait! Your bread looks delicious!

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  8. I am so looking forward to this book being released. I collect each and every one. They're always filled with so much inspiration!

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  9. I enjoyed the two retreats that I was able to attend that I can't wait to see and have a Stitcher's Journey.

    Happy Stitching")

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  10. I can't wait till the book reaches our neighborhood! AS for the bread...I just took my brotform out of the box it came in today...been sitting on a chair for 2 weeks...this week...I shall conquer bread!!!

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  11. A Stitcher's Journey is at the top of my wish list. Can't wait. And the bonus sounds fabulous. Thanks for all of your wonderful creativity.

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  12. The new book is wonderful! I can't wait to have it in my hands. The exercise book sounds interesting and I bet it's such fun to see what all she stitched and planned for her students.

    Your bread look so yummy. I have a few of the Artisan Bread books and we love home made bread!

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  13. Your new book looks awesome! I love everything you do! And your bread looks so delicious...I really need to learn how to make some.

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  14. This book looks wonderful like all the rest. I can't wait to get a copy :)

    Your bread is looking good too!

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  15. Your new book looks just as yummy as the bread! I can't wait!

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  16. This is the most beautiful cover! You are both so talented. Thank you for all you do. I have this on my must have list.

    Your bread looks so good, is there anything you can't do? I bet not. Have a good week and thank you for sharing the pics.

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  17. Oh Alma, your bread looks delicious and I've already bought two of the books you recommended to bake it !!! But in this post of yours, what has me most excited is the book !!! Oh I can't wait for that book to be out... SO EXCITING !! I do love the cover you chose :-)

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  18. I can hardly wait for your newest book. I've pre-ordered and will be anxiously waiting for it to get into my hot little hands. Your bread looks yummy!! Hugs

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  19. Oh, I have been waiting patiently for this book to come out. I remember you told us awhile back you were putting together the class projects and I was so excited to hear that news. Can't wait.
    ~Nan

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  20. woohoo!
    I am sure I will throughly enjoy this book as I do the others.
    I never got to make it to a class or retreat, live in northern Illinois, not any around this area that I know of, so Thank You for thinking of us

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  21. Absolutely lovely! Will put on my list of wishes!

    Jennifer
    Feathers in the Nest

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  22. what a beautiful cover! This book looks like it needs to be savoured with a cup of Earl Grey -- will be looking forward to the time I can do this. Laurie

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  23. The cover is fabulous and I'm sure what is inside is fabulous too.
    That bread looks delicious. Enjoy!

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  24. OH MY GOSH! Can't wait to have that book in my collection, sitting on my coffee table and toting around with my stitching.

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  25. Oh I can't wait! The cover looks wonderful! The bread looks lovely too!

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  26. Congratulations on having the book so close to finished!

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  27. First...the bread looks amazing! Where's the butter.....

    Can't wait for this book.... a definite purchase!

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  28. Love your new book cover, I am totally intrigued because I love books with stories of real peoples lives and their workmanship.
    Oh your bread is looking wonderful, you pushed me over the edge with the sourdough. My DH and I have been talking about getting a starter so we took the plunge. :)

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  29. Can't wait to add this to my collection! :)

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  30. I wish we had already smellcomputers,...
    Your book looks beautiful!
    Bye from The Netherlands!

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  31. Can't wait for this! 52 pages: that should keep me away from trouble for a while :-)

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  32. Your new book looks amazing, I can't wait until it comes out. The cover looks wonderful and your designs are always so lovely.
    I am going to have to be very patient, wait for the release date, wait for the shops to get it and then wait for a parcel to get posted to the UK. At least I have time to save the money to buy it.

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  33. Love the look of your new book - for us here in Australia who cannot attend your classes, I'm thrilled to be able to order the book! Thankyou!

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  34. Your new book looks wonderful, can't wait to get my hands on one.
    I have returned to embroidery and cross stitch inbetween my quilting adventures.
    Wendy

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  35. Lovely cover...I am looking forward to the new book! The bread looks fabulous!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  36. can't wait to see the new book...and the bread looks wonderful!

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  38. I am so excited for this new book and the cover is just to die for! You always put together such great little vingettes and I always wish I would be as fortunate to find great little things to display with my stitching. You bread looks so wonderful and I am sure it was!

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  39. Wonderful book and best bread!
    In Spain we would take it with olive oil spray, striped tomato, salt and a good slice of ham!
    Pair it with mashed olives and a glass of wine ... Long live the Mediterranean Diet!

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  40. The new book looks beautiful, I can't wait to see inside...

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  41. I love all the lovely history that goes with the stitching of earlier times and I look forward to acquiring "A Stitcher's Journey". Having attended a retreat with you and Barb, I look forward to all your beautiful designs....and we won't even go into the bread. Your book recommendation was A-1!

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  42. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS BOOK!!!!!

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  43. Can't wait for the new book to come out! I think I may have to quit my job to be able to do all the things from your various books. The bread looks awesome. I just may have to get that bread book for myself. I am somewhat of a chicken working with yeast, but you seem to have gotten it down pat.

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  44. Can't wait for the new book. Please print a zillion of them because everyone will want one!
    Sandy in Texas

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  45. Your new book looks great! I cann't wait to see the charts inside the book. Thanks for giving us a chance to follow your classes by book.

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  46. YUm love your bread and your blog.

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  47. Oh, I'm soooo excited again!! It will be a wonderful addition to my collection and can't wait to get my hands on it....I'm loving your bread making also--another bug I've caught!!! Linda in NE

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  48. The book is gorgeous & cannot wait to get my needle on the designs!! Y'all's designs are sooo addicting!

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  49. This book looks lovely. If the inside is anything like the cover, I'll be in a big hurry to get it when it comes out.

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  50. Love the cover of your new book. I look for smaller projects now-a-days - so I have a better chance of actually finishing them! The bread looked good too - when can we stop by?

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  51. The new book looks gorgeous. I can't wait! I have it on preorder with all your Nashville goodies.

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  52. Ladies ... you are amazing! Between the fabric and the books, and now bread!! Wonderful!

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  53. I can hardly wait to get your new book, I have been yearning for it since you told us about it a couple of months ago. It looks fabulous. I took a class from you through Heart's Desire in Wichita, KS and just fell in love with you both and your wonderful designs. I am currently stitching "Tis the Season" from one of your books! Thank you for continuing to design.
    Judy

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  54. the bread looks fantastic, your book, too!

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  55. That bread caught me totally off guard - I can almost smell it from here! Would you consider sharing your recipe??? Also look forward to your new book.

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  56. The new book looks amazing, I can't wait to see it :) I must have it I think :)
    Thank you for showing!

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  57. Love the cover of your new book!! I have already pre ordered it and I cannot wait to get it!!

    Your bread looks yummy!!

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  58. Alma, I love the cover of your new book. I would also like to thank you for thinking of us that were not able to attend your classes. I feel like I know you threw your blog, it's fun to read. ;-) deb-bee

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  59. I can't wait to acquire A Stitcher's Journey - will be looking for it soon.
    And the little bird in your previous post - just sweet!!

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  60. Looking forward to that book! Sounds like something right up my alley....history and stitching combined.

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  61. The cover looks so inviting! I can't wait to get my hands on one. Your bread looks so delicious.

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  62. Your new book looks wonderful. This goes on my wishlist.

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  63. That new book looks wonderful !! Don't you just love the smell of homemade baked bread? I do :-)

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  64. Alma honey did you get my email? just checking!!

    and you bread is WAY prettier than mine!!

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  65. i love your new book ;)
    ciao Maria

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  66. Garden Club is superb! I have my monogram letter completed and ready to sew. The fabric is layed out for the needleroll and the sampler, A Simple Wish. This book takes me back to when my grandmother was in her Garden Club.

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  68. Oooohhh I can't WAIT to get your new book! It looks wonderful!

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  69. Wowwwwwwwwwww.......sarĂ  favoloso!!!
    Tina

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  70. Ohh on my wish list! Thank you. Have a question Alma...Just pulled an oldie from my stash...Loose Feathers #6 Truly Thine and the color symbol for "H" is missing. Can you tell me what that would be? Many Thanks.

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  71. if you add a little bit of "levain" to your ingredients for bread == mmmmiam

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  72. how wonderful, I must put this on my wish list immediately!
    thank you

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  73. I am looking forward to the new book. HUGS MARY

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  74. Oh I can't wait for your new book...course I love all of your designs and have a hard time deciding which to do first. :)

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  75. I have been looking forward to this ever since you mentioned it at the Shepherd's Bush retreat. Can't wait to get my hands on it! Sue

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  76. Alma, Does the new book cotain the projects from your event at The Silver Needle in July of 2010?

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  77. Your new book cover looks just lovely, I look forward buying it. I am so inspired by your bread making and am going to make your French loaf this weekend. Biscuits and cookies, they are a favourite in my house, what a great get together with friends. Kind regards, Ann ~ Australia.

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  78. I'm so excited! 52 pages! WOOT!

    Sounds like a must have treasure : )

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  79. What beautiful molds! I would consider myself very lucky indeed if I were to win:)! Love your fabric lines, and can't wait for A Stitcher's Journey!

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  80. is it possible to get the recipe for your bread? I could smell it through my computer! A fan in Washington...

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  81. I recently received "A Stitcher's Journey". It is beautiful, and I am so glad I ordered immediately when I first read about it.

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  82. It's so pretty! Have it released yet? Do you ship to Taiwan? Thank you! Sophie

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