fun news on a rainy day

I'm not very good with big news but hey, did I mention I'm writing a book? Yep. A big ole book, a real one, full of doll and toy patterns. And it's going to be a STC/Melanie Falick Books book, pinch me!

I'm happy to be able to spill the beans. I probably could have earlier, or waited a lot longer, but I don't know what the protocol is. I'm always taken by surprise when I read people are writing books, shocked actually. It's just seems like such a monumental project to take on. And that's the shock and awe I wake up to every morning. No, really, it has been a lot of fun so far. Dreaming up projects and sketching and just sewing like a maniac, oh and can't forget fabric shopping like a crazy person. It's been awesome, but it is really weird not to be able to share. So I'm sharing! While I can't really show anything I'm working on, I can talk in code and vaguely refer to things. I can gripe and moan when I'm stuck or ask for opinions or beg for pattern testers and man oh man, wait til you see the "design process". I'm saving all my rejects in a giant bag. That ought to be good for a laugh when the book is out.

I'm about halfway through the designing/sewing/instructions part and then will come all the writing. You'll know when that part comes because I'll probably fall off the face of the earth except for some grumbled curse words on twitter now and again. But no, I'm optimistic. I'm just going to pretend like it's the blog and write right to you guys and hopefully it'll come together easy peasy. Do you think they'll let me say things like easy peasy?

Tim's doing the diagrams which look amazing so far and I can't wait to spill who's doing the photographs, so flippin exciting. So, ok, that's it, my fun news. I'd better get back to it now.

(and psst, since I'm spilling now while I'm still designing… I do have
pretty much everything decided but if there's something you'd you like
to see sneak in there, slip me a note)

Cat out of bag!

129 thoughts on “fun news on a rainy day

  1. Cassandra says:

    Oh my. I seriously cannot wait. I’m currently working on one of your pointy kitties right now. Love all of your patterns I’ve bought. I’ll definitely be a purchaser of your book. good luck!

  2. Jennifer R. says:

    YAY!!!!! I am so flipping excited!!!!! I don’t normally pre-order books but I will definitely be doing that for yours. I adore all of your patterns and can’t wait to read all of the witty things that you’ll add to the book! Good luck!

  3. mamie says:

    i do not mean to sound like such a gusher, but this is the best news i have heard all year. you are the reason i took up sewing and the reason i try new things. i am so glad you are putting it into print.
    as for suggestions…anything and everything you do it cute, so i think you have it under control…but maybe a few really good things for boys.
    and if you have a moment, i would love to know what the doll hair is in the above photo. it looks perfect on her head, but i would love to get some of that on my needles. or is it under wraps? hope not.
    huge congrats!!!

  4. julia says:

    yay! and, um, when you’re ready for pattern testers…me! (*arms waving frantically about like a crazy person*)
    this is awesome news, congrats.

  5. Stacey says:

    Congratulations to you! This is wonderful news. Good luck with the project and we’ll all be celebrating with you when the book is available.

  6. jenny says:

    Congratulations! I’ve always thought you should write a book. I’ve read your blog for years now and you are one of the most creative and trend-setting bloggers out there.

  7. Holly says:

    This is such great news not just for you but for us, your fans!! The problem with letting the cat out of the bag is that now I have to WAIT.

  8. cathy gaubert says:

    my girls just ran to the kitchen when they heard me shout, “yes!”…and i woke the baby. but, hey, it’s all worth it because you.are.writing.a.book. !!!!! which of course i will buy. :) i’m sure that you have a ton of offers already, but i would love to pattern-test for you again (hurricane season is still a long way away!). xxx

  9. mijk says:

    I would love some simple and adjustable paterns for doll clothes. I just don’t seem to figure them out by myself. ANd I think you would do cute ones…

  10. Beth says:

    I just love the way you and your husband design things so I know I’ll be pre-ordering this book! Congrats! Also, can I pretty please be a pattern tester? I need some inspiration and every time I look at something you’ve made I am thinking I would be so happy making something like that.
    I would love to see a pattern for a tall spotted giraffe in the book. I made up a song for my little boy about one and so I really need to make one.
    I can’t wait to see it best of luck.

  11. Carol says:

    Awesome. It is about time a publisher figured out you’d make an excellent craft book author. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  12. Kim says:

    Oh how exciting!!! This will be one book I will be SURE to buy right away! Congrats Lady! :):):):)
    Btw, I’m happy to be a pattern tester for you :)

  13. PaperDollyGirl says:

    Congratulations and good luck with the writing/designing! Melanie Falick Books are so well-done – beautifully designed and photographed. What a wonderful publisher for your first book. Can’t wait to see it!

  14. Nicole says:

    Holy cow I am SOOOOOO excited!! Let me know when I can preorder.
    And really?? Beg for pattern testers?? HAH!!! YOu will have people begging to do it (I will be one of those beggars! Really I would set all other projects aside for a Wee Wonderful pattern)

  15. susaninfrance says:

    i am so so happy for you! you are the reason i took up crafting, sewing, everything. and it has changed my life (and left my pocketbook a little lighter, ahem). I can’t wait for it…the wait will be awful. I **love** the girl in the photo she looks like the girl in my plate & book from childhood, joan walsh something?
    I know your book will be wonderful and I will give it out to everyone for presents with a kit. I am so proud to own two of your actual dolls…and many more of my own from your patterns, they are always the cutest! I still think you should do a children’s story book with your characters though.

  16. Citlali Talina Contreras Moreno says:

    ABOUT TIME!!! WOOOHOOO!!!!!!
    Seriously, I was wondering how could book editors be so blind as not to beg you to write a book, since you have such a tremendous ammount of super cool, creative, FRESH stuff going on!!!!! Congratulations!!! I want to be a pattern tester, if you please. Pretty please with a cherry on top?

  17. Bunny says:

    Ohh, exciting news! I will be snatching that one off the virtual shelf as soon at it goes on sale!
    If you ever need a pattern tester, I’m up for the job. I have a few of your other patterns now that I’m working on, so I’m becoming familiar with your work. Just give me a shout if and when you need an extra helper. :)

  18. betz says:

    Yay! So glad you’re joining the book “club”! You picked an excellent publisher.
    I like the idea of showing the rejects someday, I’ve got a closet full myself. Every time my boys would come into my studio when I was struggling with a particular book project, I’d say “I created a monster!”. They would ask the next day, “So how’s that monster coming?” :)

  19. Margie says:

    OMG! Thanks great. Can’t wait to pre-order! I loved to see somethings in there for little truck crazed, lego addicted, why do you always makes stuff for my sister, 5 yr. old boys.

  20. Bek says:

    I know it’s all been said here, but one more “I’m excited” from me won’t hurt! I AM excited about this. I love your designs a. lot. A whole book full. Wonderful.

  21. natasha B says:

    This is sooooo great! Congrats! You deserve a big fabulous, successful book with all of your super cute patterns in and I for one can’t wait to get a copy!

  22. Terriaw says:

    Congratulations! That is so exciting. I can just imagine with all your fabulous work that this is going to be a fabulous book. (I would also love to see that bag of “rejects.”)

  23. Adriana says:

    So exciting! Congratulations.
    I think they’ll let you say things like easy peasy. It’s your voice and it would sound all wrong if they tried to make you talk otherwise.
    Looking forward to it and please count me in if you need any testing/proofreading. I’d be delighted to help.
    All the best for the work ahead :-)

  24. Jessie says:

    Congratulations!!! That’s so wonderful!!! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now, and really loving all of your work. If you ever need a pattern tester… :O)

  25. kathy says:

    Yay! This is so fabulous. Your designs are meant for a book, one of those definitive classics that will sell for hundreds of dollars on eBay in 25 years. And STC! You go girl! Enjoy the whole thing, xo Kathy

  26. Michelle says:

    Not shocked in the least, about dang time, I’d say! :0)
    (That’s what you’ll be saying when poor Phoebe finally gets my package, right?! Sorry, life’s been all about school fundraising and runny noses, lately.)

  27. Queen of Procrastination says:

    Wonderful!!! Your wonderful website is the reason my sewing machine was dragged out of the closet and dusted off! I even went to a Quilt sewing class tonight So you Go Girlie!!! I’m getting in line to buy a first edition. :)

  28. kern says:

    You know, I was wondering why your posts had gotten short N sweet.
    I am eagerly looking forward to your book and I hope that you include ideas for boys. It is so hard to find things for my little guys.

  29. Rane says:

    congrats! You can do it!!
    If you need a tester I would love
    to! What I would love to see is
    a baby doll carrier for child and
    a carrier for your doll to carrie
    her own baby, if that make any sense.
    Good luck, I am so excited for you!
    Rane
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*~~~~~~~~~~~~

  30. aubrey says:

    I’m also excited about your book! Please, please put in some good doll patterns, and I second (or maybe third) the idea to add in some cute patterns for boys. I have three nephews and a niece and would like more ideas about what to sew them.

  31. corinne says:

    Oh this is great news! So many talented people are writing books these days, and I am so glad to see you added to this list! I have been waiting, thinking you would be next. I am sure your book will be fabulous…I will totally be buying a copy!

  32. caroline says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! I’m super excited about your book- i know it’s going to be fabulous! Can’t wait to get a copy!

  33. Marcy says:

    If they don’t let you write things like “easy-peasy”, then you need to request a different editor. :)
    So pleased to hear you’re writing a book! It’s one of those all-is-right-with-the-world kind of moments.

  34. Jenna says:

    That’s so great. I’ve so wanted to find a good new doll making book. I’m sure your’s will not disappoint. Of all the wonderful things you make, your dolls have always been my favorite. Good luck!

  35. peanut says:

    Wow! I was thinking just he other day “Wouldn’t it be great if Wee Wonderfuls had a book?” and then I checked you site and you are making one! I can’t wait to see what kind of yumminess you put inside (and you talk in your book the way you do on here it’s going to be a wonderful read).

  36. Nikki says:

    This is the best news EVER. I have a few of your patterns and they are my favorite … I can’t imagine a whole book full. Good for you. I would love to test a pattern … I’ll keep my eyes open for that post. Cheers.

  37. Mary Ann /Ca says:

    Pattern tester…oh pick me! I am an advanced beginner when it comes to dolls so should be just about the target audience…lol. Don’t ya think?

  38. tfan says:

    This is fantastic!!! Of the craft blogger books out there I always thought you would be the best. I figured maybe you were happy self-publishing and that’s why you seemed to be the only blogger without a book deal. Your designs are so terrific and the patterns are so well constructed and will make a great book! I’m thrilled it will be by STC, that means the photos will be amazing!!!

  39. blair says:

    Hillary, all I can say is its about time you did a book! I am so excited! I hope there will be some of your extremely inspired quilts in there.

  40. Jill says:

    Congratulations on the book deal! I can’t wait to see it. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE STC/Melanie Falick books and, of course, your work! Congratulations, again, and good luck!!!

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