Oh, my gosh, so much book news!
First, The NEW Joy of Hooking With Yarn was released last week. It’s the second edition of the award-winning Joy of Hooking (With Yarn!), but it’s chock full of new projects, instruction, and resources. Deana David of Ribbon Candy Rug Hooking got a first look at it, and praised it on her YouTube channel:
“My favorite of her books, the best of her books. I think it’s the best rug hooking book so far. Extraordinary.
“Even if you own the first edition of this book (Joy of Hooking With Yarn), this is well worth checking out. She is very encouraging. If you’re getting one book this year, get this one. I recommend this book so highly.
“A full 10, without a doubt. Absolutely nothing missing or lacking. As a beginner book, it’s ideal, and for people who have been hooking for a long time, it is an amazingly inspiring book that covers all the bases.”
So that happened… then:
Breaking the Boundaries, The Rug Hooking Artistry of Sharon Johnston was a finalist at the Chanticleer Book Awards, and a Gold winner at the eLit Book Awards! Woo hoo!
Sharon Johnston’s approach to rug hooking is truly unique. She took her expertise in embroidery, quilting, collage, painting, and more, and created an incredible body of art! You’ll see her inspirational story and work in this book, as well as 5 new projects, designed to teach her innovative techniques.
But wait, there’s more!
“The Boy Who Wrote Poetry is a heartwarming and inspirational work about Mark Ford, a promising young poet and writer who died a tragic and premature death at the age of eighteen. This collection is the poetry he left behind.
“Judy Taylor, Mark’s sister and the author of the book, tells the story of her brother’s short life and their family, the circumstances in which he grew up, and how he began to express his creativity at a very young age. The examples of Mark’s poetry and general writings that the author presents are remarkable and moving. Considering the tender age at which Mark wrote the poetry, the sophistication and insight revealed in the work are astonishing.” Read more
It’s not a rug hooking book per se, but is it a book about the importance of living a creative life. We don’t know who we will touch with our art. My brother died in 1970, and his words still reach people. Creating art is the most basic of human endeavors. It has to power to reach people. My brother didn’t wait to write. The same is true for all of us who live a creative life.
This book also won Bronze at the eLit Book Awards.
One more small thing:
I had to redesign the cover of Rug Hooker’s Guide to the YARNIVERSE! so it would match the NEW Joy of Hooking With Yarn!, so I’m selling the last remaining copies of YARNIVERSE (old cover) for $17 while supplies last.
What’s in YARNIVERSE? Everything beyond the basics. Multiple easy dyeing techniques (so the yarn does the work for you!) for primitives, realistic shading, fine detail and much more. Hundreds of pictures, illustrations, and templates. Order here.
I’ll have a booth at the King County Fair, Enumclaw, WA, July 14-17. If you’re in the area, come by and say hi! I have a few more classes on the schedule this year. You can view them here.
Well, I guess that’s it for now. Happy hooking everyone!