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By Lizzy Dabczynski-Bean
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About

I'm Lizzy, the creator of Stitch People. I self-published my first DIY cross-stitch book in October 2014 and have sold over 500 copies. All the reviews so far have been 5-stars, and now it's time to start thinking about my next book.

Stitch People's second book, Celebration Garlands, is filled with smaller-scale cross-stitch patterns that fit into 3" wooden hoops. These projects will take you just a few hours a piece. After "framing" your work in the wooden embroidery hoop, string your pieces together to create charming garlands to display during all the major holidays and your personal celebrations throughout the year.

This book also allows you to get creative on your own in a mix-and-match kind of way. You can create a garland series for each holiday! A garland of Halloween patterns could string together a handful of only candy corn cross-stitches, or jack-o-lanterns, or showcase one of every Halloween design in the book.

Possibilities are endless, and you, your family, and your guests will be delighted by the beautiful stories you create with your garlands.

You appreciate what's been handed down to you from older generations - - now it's time to create something for YOU to hand down.

Holidays include:

  • Valentine's Day
  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Easter & Passover
  • Fourth of July/USA Patriotic Holidays
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Hannukkah
  • New Year's

You could also put together a custom garland for things like anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, and more! The sky (and your creativity) is the limit!

Stitch People began over three years ago when I first designed and made customized, cross-stitch portraits for my family and friends as gifts. I worked hard to perfect my own "people patterns" and enjoyed using my cross stitching skills I had learned as a child.

My husband suggested I begin to sell online. So, after successfully teaming up with UncommonGoods, I launched my own website - StitchPeople.com - and began to sell portraits via both avenues.

Soon after, there was a lot of interest for the DIY'ers who wanted to make their own custom portraits. So Stitch People's first book, "Do It Yourself Stitch People" was born and has been on sale for almost a year at stitchpeople.com/book. We've sold over 500 copies and have received only 5-star reviews.

The first book, DIY Stitch People
The first book, DIY Stitch People

Simple. It's expensive to create a new book, and I want this book to be even better than the first! 

The amount of time it takes to carefully develop each pattern and composite it into the actual book is time consuming and needs to be done just-right.

I'd also love to have plenty of photographed examples and inspiration images in the book which requires sample garlands and professional photography, both of which require funds, and the support of a loving community!

In addition, the up-front printing and packaging costs are hefty because I'd like to keep printing inside of the United States. Any funds raised made would help to offset these costs significantly.

Risks and challenges

Having already designed, self-published, and printed a book, the risks and challenges for this second book are greatly reduced. I already have a good relationship with a printer and cover designer.

However--when it comes to fulfillment, time will be the largest obstacle. Any funding I have will help me push through the production process more quickly, as I'll be able to hire help to stitch garland samples, design various aspects of the book, take photos, and fulfill orders. If setbacks do arise, I will keep you honestly informed via the Stitch People newsletter.

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