Stitched in Time: Memory Keeping Projects to Sew and Share

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Yay, it's finally here! The book has officially happened! Thank you so, so, so, so much to everyone who has helped, been excited for, listened to, and shown patience with me and The Book this past year and a half. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart.


I truly hope that you will like the book, and be inspired to make things for yourself and the people special to you. At the end of the day, my dream for anyone is to find joy and peace in making things by hand.


Out of all of the things I did to make the book, out of all the frantic afternoons sewing alone in the studio, the slogs through the mall buying clothes for the models, the time the puppers pulled the unfinished strip of bias tape attached to the placemat and toppled the full cup of coffee onto the placemat thus ruining the placemat just a millisecond (thankfully) after the photo was taken (and this was the third version of the placemat, the first two having been screwed up by me), the times I thought I couldn't do it, the photo shoots with Andy where he held mobiles on the end of a jerry-rigged fishing pole and moved entire bookcases out of the way to put up Christmas decorations for stocking photos in August, the long days when Audrey was sick in her little bed under my prop table, when I worked side by side with my sweet niece coloring cupcakes and mugging for the camera ("Can you hold the doll up just a little bit, sweetie?" — she'd hoist it high above her head, grinning — "Okay, down a little bit?" — she'd drop it to the floor — "Um, okay up a little bit . . . [please please please please]"), the things I didn't know and learned too late, the quiet winter afternoons with red pens and sticky notes and the Chicago Manual of Style, out of all of those things what I will remember most is sitting at the dining-room table writing the small essays that introduce the sections, and the sidebars.


They came at the very end of working on the project, when the crafts were finished, the photos taken, the patterns explained. They were both the easiest and the hardest parts of the whole thing. The writing came out as if a faucet had been turned on, literally. I cried about each one. Then I sent them all in anyway. It became something different, then.


Writing a book makes you feel vulnerable in about a million different ways! Will people like it? Will they hate it? Will I make mistakes? Will I wish I could've done something different? You wonder why you couldn't have just been one of those people who was content to read. In the end, you can, of course, only do your very best, and then close your eyes and cross your fingers in the sincere hope that you've contributed something to the remarkable community you love. And not made an ass of yourself. Because you wish for that, too.


In the end, late at night when you can't sleep and you're thinking about it all, you think: Oh, yes — it was a privilege. To have had the opportunity, to have said it how you felt it, to have done it and finished it, to have worked with great people, to hold that real printed book in your hands. It is a privilege to have shared it with, and to have been encouraged by, all of you.

Thank you so much for that. I really mean it. Thank you.


Congrats! I'm "encouraging" (read: forcing) my husband buy me your book as a birthday present :). I particularly look forward to reading the introductions and sidebars now.

The book is fantastic - I hope you have every success with it as you deserve it. I'm still trying to decide which will be the first project I attempt.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Alicia!!!! Party party party!!!!!

This is reeeeeally reaaaallly the greatest!!! We are So happy for you!!!

Cannot wait to hold it in our hands!!!!

You RULE!!!!!!

Congrats!! and thank you!!!
xoxo Jenny & Aaron

Esther Sunday says: November 11, 2008 at 01:05 PM

Anxiously awaiting my copy from Amazon!!! Wishing you much success!!! With love, Esther

I ordered mine.. Can't wait to get it!!

Congratulations from a long time lurker.

Oh, congratulations! It does seem like such a large hill to climb. Now you can just relax and look at the view! Well done!

Thank you for making us a part of your project. This way we live the dream through your posts. Well Done! A~

yay!! congratulations! I'm going to try and make it to the Urban Craft Uprising to get my copy signed.

Congrats! And what font did you use for your banner? I like it.

This is wonderful! What a great accomplishment for you. Best wishes for continued success. Your book is beautiful. I can't wait to get my copy.
My Best,

Congratulations, Alicia!! I've just shown my husband the book on Amazon so he will know exactly what it is I want for Christmas. :) It's the only thing on my list, in fact.
I have my craft room all cleaned so that I can start on the felt ornaments. I am sure they will put me in the Christmas mood.

Amazon told me that your book is on its way to me! Maybe it'll be here tomorrow. I am so curious and excited.

Thrilled for you!!!

Alicia, congratulations on your book, I'm sure it will be a great success. Thank you so much for this post. It's a great encouragement to me as I too am in the throes of writing a book developed from my blog. Deadlines are looming, even though I'm at the beginning of it, so reading about your process, and how it's a difficult thing to do, as well as being a joy, gave me a real boost.

Congratulations, you darling precious thing!

And thank YOU! You are an absolute sweetheart for giving so much of yourself to us here every day. And now, you've given us something to curl up with on the couch! (And, of course, to use to make wonderful projects. Of course!)

My copy is due tomorrow and I cannot WAIT!

Congratulations! What a major, major accomplishment! I am excited to read through the book and look forward to your reading at Powell's on Sunday! And I think I'm out of exclamation points, but it's so exciting!

I'm so excited! My book arrived today (pre-ordered from Amazon). As soon as I opened the package, my four year old daughter took the book from me and hasn't stopped looking through it. Every few minutes, she says, "Ooh, Mommy, look at this!" or "It's so pretty! Will you make it for me?" Can't wait to take a look at it myself!

I just got notification the other day that my copy is on its way. I am so proud of you!

connieswales says: November 11, 2008 at 02:10 PM

Amazon's email tells me my copy has been sent...I can hardly wait!

Congrats! Your book is so much better than even I thought it would be!!! I ADORE it!!! Thank you for sharing to many great ideas!!!!! Your dedication is the sweetest ever!


Three Cheers A- thank you for everything these past years, you are quite an inspiration.

Mine's on its' way from Amazon. I'm so excited. I think I pre-ordered it on Day 1. I'm so happy for you and your success and looking forward to book 2...

Congrats! Mine is already preordered and perhaps on its way. Is that a memory game I see? That is awesome. I was going to buy one for my daughter for Christmas, but if this is in the book, I may just make one!

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at