Another secret project

I’d been trying to think of something to make Wombles for her new baby, and inspiration finally struck last weekend (just in time, as the baby has arrived early!) when we were wandering around a craft market in Wellington during the release walk. There was a stall selling bundles of fabric scraps, including all sorts of textured upholstery fabrics. And then I remembered something Texaswren had made a few years back which I’d wanted to try.

So today, I made a mess:

and then I made some squares:

and sewed the squares together to make a book:

and then the dyslexia kicked in so I managed to completely confuse myself about the orientation of the pages as I sewed them together, with the inevitable result that it they ended up in completely the wrong order, and the back cover became the front cover. But despite that little glitch I think it worked out pretty well. The different fabrics are all different textures, so it’s a touch-book as well as a colour-book. And yes, of course it has a BCID (embroidered on) – it’s a book!

So, anyone have her address?

Books released in Wellington

(Yes, as usual I’m way behind with the actual writing about a convention, but in the meantime, here’s a list of books…)

Friday night BBQ
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories by Mark Twain
Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra
Spook by Mary Roach
The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama
Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club by Robin Ince
Bitter Grounds by Sandra Benítez

Saturday Release Walk
Daisy’s Secret by Freda Lightfoot
A Different Kind of Love by Jean Saunders
For Love and Duty by Masie Mosco
Damia by Anne McCaffrey
Circles by Doris Mortman (caught!)
Infanta by Louise Cooper
The Stonor Eagles by William Horwood
A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh
Riding Out by Sally-Anne Robinson

Sunday Brunch
Hello, Mr Magpie by Penny Faith
One Flat Coyote on the Centre Line by Karen Goa
One Hundred Ways to Live with a Cat Addict by Ronald Payne
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
Lessons for a Sunday Father by Claire Calman
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Escape from Billy’s Bar-B-Que by JoAnne Brasil
The Bridegroom by Ha Jin
Breadfruit by Célestine Hitiura Vaite
The Writing Class by Jincey Willett

YHA Bookshelf
Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
Mademoiselle Moppette by Beatrix Potter
Poupette-à-L’Épingle by Beatrix Potter
Toto le Minet by Beatrix Potter
Les Compagnons d’Ulysse by Pierre Benoit
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
A Cornish Maid by Rachel Moore
Het Stenen Oordeel and De Bezeten Minnaar by Ruth Rendell
The Fourth Estate by Jeffrey Archer
Blauwe Maandag by Nicci French
Dark Calling by Darren Shan
Adam and Eve and Pinch Me by Ruth Rendell
Le Festival de la Couille by Chuck Palahniuk
The Blue and Distant Hills by Judith Saxton
The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
Blood Lines by Liz Ryan
The Innocent’s Story by Nicky Singer
Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey
Krigarkjärta by Henrik Larsson
Eagle in the Sky by Wilbur Smith
Power Without Glory by Frank Hardy
The Devil’s Footprints by John Burnside
The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell
Costa del Crime by Wensley Clarkson
Las Benévolas by Jonathan Littell
Polarsturm by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
Tinner by Herman Brusselmans
Tread Softly on My Dreams by Gretta Curran Browne
The Wine Dictionary by Keith Dunstan

Plays and Parcels

The letterbox has been a source of surprises lately. First there was a blast from the past – a note from ORNOT (who we haven’t heard from for at least a year) attached to a flyer for a play. A play that he’d written and directed! The note offered us complementary tickets, so of course we immediately said yes.

We went to see the play on Friday night, and it turned out to be an adaptation of a play that had its first reading at our house, way back when ORNOT used to flat with us. It’s new incarnation is as a staged radio play, which sounds like a weird concept, but worked surprisingly well. I thought the play was fun (but then, ORNOT and I always did have a very similar sense of humour) – MrPloppy’s verdict was that it was “still incomprehensible” 🙂 A fun night out, anyway.

Another pleasant surprise today – a parcel from Lytteltonwitch, full of books (of course), a calendar from Venice, and a tiger puppet (or possibly it’s a cat – hard to tell). The books are ever-so-slightly themed: The Chocolate Cat Caper by Joanna Carl, Know Your Cat’s Purr Points by Margaret Woodhouse, Xenophobe’s Guide to the Kiwis by Christine Cole Catley and Simon Nicholson, and Shake, Rattle & Hurl by RL Stine.

Currently reading: How I Paid for College by Marc Acito
Currently listening to: A Passage to India by EM Forster


Yay! I managed to release 11 books at 11* am on 11/11/11 🙂

The original plan was to release war-themed books, seeing as its also Armistice Day, but I could only find one in my release box, and since St Christopher’s fell down I don’t have a good source of cheap books to buy just for release, so it ended up just being a random selection:

  1. Episode by William Taylor
  2. Ormerod’s Landing by Leslie Thomas
  3. Club Hammer by Jenny Savage
  4. Lucille: House Captain by Janet Grey
  5. Brydons on the Broads by Kathleen Fidler
  6. Flame-Coloured Taffeta by Rosemary Sutcliff
  7. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  8. The Naked Face by Sydney Sheldon
  9. Good Wives by Louisa M Alcott
  10. Masquerade by Emmeline Morrison
  11. The Invisible Cord by Catherine Cookson

*Roughly – it takes more than 60 seconds to release that many books, so it was more like 11-ish. Which is why I didn’t bother trying for the more poetic 11:11 am.