Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What's In A Name?

A small fraction of the old books in our house.
  That is a great question and coming up with clever & smart names for things is just not my strength. If you have ever bought any of my work you may have noted the titles of the pieces. Such gems as "Cat with a Tulip", "House with Trees", or the ever-catchy "Flower in a Pot" are some of my better titles.
It's just a fact that I have had to come to terms with. When it comes to naming things I seem to have a block. We have three daughters and when we got to the last one you'd have thought we used every name in the book.

  So, how do you describe your work in the title of a book? Where do you even begin?

   I guess you begin with the obvious such as "Applied Wool: The Application of Wool to Wool", or "In Stitches: Laughing Your Way Through Wool Applique", also "Stitch It Don't Pitch It: My Life with Re-purposed Wool". Obviously, these didn't make the grade.

Great leather tomes.

     My next thought was to draw on my regard for certain classical literature. These titles I found particularly inspiring: "A Stitcher in the Dye", "Wool-thering Heights", "To Stitch a Wooly Bird", "A Tale of Two Threads",
"Great Wool-specations", or my favorite 
"The Call of the Wool".


     Alas, these too hit the "cutting room floor" with a thud. So, I deferred to those who do it best (mainly my editors) and we came up with "Wool Applique Folk Art" and they added what I think says it best, "Traditional Projects Inspired by 19th~Century American Life".
There is something about stacks of well-used books.

            So in the end, maybe my obvious titles are not so bad. It certainly leaves nothing to guess.

Coming June 15,2015.
Can be pre-ordered at ctpub.com.


  1. Love the title, your cover is simply stunning and I'm so excited, I can hardly wait for it! Wishing you much success and enjoyment with your beautiful book. Michele

  2. Your designs are wonderful, and the wools you use so gorgeous! Pre-ordered on Amazon, and can't wait to receive it.

  3. I love the title of your new book . . . but I think you must challenge yourself to write a book befitting of each title you mentioned here! That would keep you busy for a while! :-)

  4. Very nice, from the title to the illustrations on the cover. Can't wait to walk through the pages.

  5. I can hardly wait for your book! Have it on reserve at amazon!! Congrats

  6. Rebekah,
    So looking forward to your book!!!
    Hugs :)

  7. Good morning Rebekah. I love the title and can not wait to receive your new book. Love some of your other titles ..."cat with a tulip"...clear and right to the point :) I'm actually having a terrible time coming up with a title for my newest punch needle piece....

    Wishing you a great day :)Doreen

  8. Yay! Congratulations on your new book. I am so taken with your work and your style and have been waiting patiently for this publication.

  9. Not only are you talented, but quite humorous too. Um, I like your title, especially "A Tale of Two Threads." I've pre-ordered my book and cannot wait to view and stitch.