So the Zakka Style Sew Along has come to a close! Sad but, true. I must say that overall it was a huge success! The Flickr group has over 1700 photos!!! WOW!! It has been a fun filled 24 weeks and I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone's creative and fantastic takes on the projects from the book! I'd like to extend an enormous thank you to Lindsey and Amy for coordinating the entire event. A super huge thank you to the bloggers that participated. A huge, HUGE thank you to all of the fabulous sponsors for their generaosity in contributing prizes to the giveaways. But my biggest thanks goes out to the readers that followed along, sewed, blogged, posted photos, and just had fun with the book. You are all such an inspiration to me.
I'm especially happy to hear that readers enjoyed the sew along and many felt that they learned some new skills along the way. Patience being one of them, as I was made aware of several errors in the book in the past several weeks. The participants really pulled together and helped each other to work through the problems and that is what I love so much about this community! The rest of the world would do well if they were more like you lot.
I must say I was stunned, saddened, and just plain upset about the errors, but you live and you learn, right? ^_~ I have learned a lot as well from this 24 week venture and I'm so, SO appreciative of everyone's feedback and comments. There were some not so nice ones, but even those have helped me to be a better author for book #3. So please know that I have taken my notes and will put them to good use in the future. I'm working with my publisher to have those errors corrected in future printings of the book. (I just heard it's being printed in German!) The Errata page will be updated and I will also post a link here on my blog. Until I update, please feel free to check out the Sew Along Flickr group discussions for more information.
I'm always eager to hear what your thoughts are as readers, so feel free to email me (you can find the link in the upper left corner.) or comment below. Any suggestions or feedback you have would be FANTASTIC! Please be gentle...I bruise easy. ^_^
I think it's important that the publishers (and authors)know what readers think, so I plan to share some of your thoughts with them as well.
More illustrations? More photos? I've often wondered why American craft books don't show more illustrations like the Japanese one's. They'd be helpful wouldn't they???
So please...pepper me with your thoughts!!
Now then, back to the fun stuff!! Let's take a look at what the awesome, talented bloggers did for their posts!
Week 2 - The House Pouch with During Quiet Time
Week 3 - Zakka Pincushion - Pink Penguin
Week 5 - Patchwork Pencil Case with VeryKerryBerry
Week 16 - Patchwork Ribbon - No participant this week, but here's an incredibly cute version by Simone!
Some of you actually made every single project as well!!!! Impressive much?