(WARNING: A blog post completely off the topic of YA lit, but a great idea to pass along to your craftastic readers, if you're a librarian.)
Been thinking, I have.
That's always dangerous.
But, here's the thing: I read. I write. Aquafortis is completely all artsy. And so many bloggers are crafty and artistic and sew-y and embroidery and felt-ish. And... I ...read. And write. And occasionally attempt to make paper dolls. Which is cool, seriously, I'm deeply grateful for my literacy, and my ability to cut paper. But you'd think that I could read enough to understand a pattern or embroidery directions or could figure out how to crochet.
Here's a sad and pathetic secret: I read craft blogs. I look at fabric with lust. And I can't figure out how to put thread into a sewing machine.
Enter Wendi Gratz (former children's book industry mogul and wife of Horatio Wilkes mystery-writer Alan. Also mother of the most awesome junior con-costume maker EVER), consummate crafter and owner of a really neat Zibbet Shop called Shiny Happy World. You will be "sew happy" to hear she's teaching your Home Ick flunking (it wasn't my fault! Mrs. Henry hates me!), eighth-grade-apron-non-finishing loserishness how to sew (or embroider) in 2011.
Oh, wait, what? That was only me who didn't finish that apron?
No, I refuse to believe I'm the only loser. SOMEONE ELSE out there has always muttered a little bit about how they wish they COULD sew -- well, now here's your chance. Check out the site. Gather your materials. Sign up for the newsletter. And -- ready set, New Year's Resolution.
I refuse to be the only one breaking needles and wondering what bias tape is for. Plus, Leila can sew. Do you want to be looking bad in front of Leila?
I didn't think so.
I'd say it's going to be fun, but ...this is me, sewing. I may need some moral support here in awhile... or maybe someone else can do it, and I'll watch?