Since our arrival in Portlandia, Amy has been one of my best partners in (shopping) crime and one of my most thoughtful confidants. But before that, we were internet-aquaintances, and I was nuts about her first book. So nuts, in fact, that I don't think I have any copies on hand because I always give them away to people - shoving it into their hands like this: "Oh, goodness! You're learning how to sew? Take this book!" (then repurchase) and then "You're not excited about sewing anymore? Oh, but you used to love it...hey, Just take this book!" And so on, and so forth.
I can definitely see the same endless buy-give-away-buy-again thing happening with her new printing + embellishing bible, Bend The Rules With Fabric.
I got my copy a few weeks ago, and I raced through it immediately. And just as I had hoped, the projects are adorable and clever and (so important for enduring usefulness) the techniques are highly adaptable to your own makin' stuff needs. The amazing, idiot-proof screenprinting method will definitely come in handy, especially considering my own, ahem, mishaps. So exciting!
As you would expect from her blog, Amy's tutorials are conversational, un-intimidating, and so to-the-point (in a helpful, funny way). I love that.
I'm both excited about the sourcebook she's created, and I'm really proud of my friend for being such a dazzling writer and bookmaker.
Good work, Ms. A.
And I can't wait for her Powell's signing this Sunday! That makes it the 20th of September, at the Downtown Powell's location, from 7:30-9:00...and I hear there will be a cake walk. Cake walks terrify me, personally (as do musical chairs...pinatas...most children's party games) but this one should be good.