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.


rustandroses says: November 13, 2008 at 10:42 AM

My book just arrived! It's here, it's finally here! Oh, it's beautiful and I'm so excited to have something this great to keep me happy and busy for quite a while. Thanks, Alicia!
Love, Jenny

Debbie Jones says: November 13, 2008 at 10:48 AM

I pre-ordered your book from Amazon and it arrived yesterday. I cried as I read it, first at the dedication to Audrey and then all your sweet introductions. Such a heartfelt book. Thank you. Debbie Jones

Can't wait to see it.

i just found your blog today and wanted to leave you a few words. i love it very much and would like to link to it, if you don't mind. hope you have a great success with your book! greetings from fee

Congratulations, Alicia! Can't wait to buy your book and be inspired by your ideas.

My copy came in the mail today and I actually squealed with joy. I cannot wait to really sit down and look through it. :)


You are the goodness in this world!! Congrats on that so deserve it!!

I can relate to everything you said and appreciate your honesty about your process. A huge congratulations to you - BRAVO!!

I'm sure it is beautiful and amazing! I cannot wait...but I have to...I'm getting it for Christmas!

I bought my copy at my local Borders book store. I love it. I probably will use your ideas for my own jumping off point. I hope that's okay. I loved seeing the little horse that you showed in your one blog entry. It's so cute. I could see why your puppy wanted to play with it. So happy for you and the release of your book. Looking forward to the next one! Take care.

After a few years of reading your blog, and never commenting, I think it's time. I think you are very very tallented. You have a 7th sense: a sense to colors. Your works are amazing, and I'm definitely going to purchase your book. Congratulations!

Congrats, Alicia. How exciting. can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

Congratulations, Alicia! It looks beautiful and I can't wait to get it.

I so adore your book and already have several projects picked out to make for Christmas gifts! Thank you so much!

Dear Alicia,
I got your book on Friday (I have it had on preorder since forever) and I love love love it! as much as I love you (even though I have never met you :/ but you know what I mean). I was so excited when the postman called and I was not disappointed. I hope many many people buy this gorgeous treasure which I am sure they will!
Thank you for sharing the wonderfulness!

Congratulations! Love hearing the stories behind these wonderful projects!

Congratulations! How amazing and exciting, and what a journey to get here!

I have been reading your blog for some time, and am proud of you for this accomplishment. Thank you so much for such regular inspiration.

I can't wait to get this book!

I've been reading your blog for awhile now and love it!! Just ordered the book from Powell's -- a place I have actually been, on my one and only visit to Oregon a couple of years ago (I live in Mass.).

Best of luck!!!

I had my copy preordered ages ago, and I was THRILLED to get it on Friday. It is as beautiful as I thought it would be. I'm going to write a review on my blog, and get a few more copies for gifts for friends. Thank you for such great inspiration and beauty!

craftyfingers says: November 17, 2008 at 03:54 PM

Congratulations! I believe this is a first step towards more greatness! God Bless!

I love your book. Great job!

So you are the creative genius behind the "memory game" in the Hallmark magazine?!! How cool is THAT? I'm planning on making that for my dd who is nuts about Memory. Now knowing how much work went into creating the pattern, etc. I will appreciate it even more!

Dear Alicia,

I admit, I'm a bit of a mushy-heart....but not once has a crafting/sewing book made me cry (twice---yes in a good way). I can't wait to make the nutcracker gals for my girlfriends :)Thanks for being you--sweet little you! :)Congratulations!

ooh - lovely! im definately buying one! xx

This is terribly exciting! I can't wait to see it! Congratulations, Alicia. I've been a non-posting, non-commenting blogger/reader for so long now, but your achievements and thoughts and images have always been a bright spot in my days. Thanks for this. x

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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