I sat on this idea for more than 4 years, samples have been ready for more than a year - but life can deal you some twists and turns, so I am proud to finally offer my original idea of a lanyard easily made by stitchers, to everyone who loves to make an original project. I originally planned to wear a sample around the the town to see what the reaction would be, thank goodness I didn't (as I wasn't ready to produce as a book at the time). In the week before my launch in Queensland I wore the lanyard featuring the "Lady In Red" and was nearly mobbed (or at least a quilter's version of mobbed).
My daughter's teacher couldn't keep her eyes off it while we had a quick chat and wanted to know where she could get one, then I found out she's a closet stitcher. I was followed around our local supermarket in town by one lady, finally at the checkout she approached me to find out where she could buy one, turned out she was a stitcher and I had to promise to email her with stockists details as soon as possible. Over 3 days of wearing it just around school and our local town, I counted 29 women who stopped me to ask where they could get one. As a chatty kind of gal when I explained to each person it would be available as a pattern in a book with many different designs and a starter pack, every single person said they would buy one. Because making lanyards is addictive, you literally can't just make one - we have given you a quick start by including a kit to make a full length lanyard just as soon as you're ready. Scraps from your sewing kit are all you need - but there's heaps of information in this workbook to guide you through the process.
I decided to make the book into a workbook format. I loved the fact that when I was in high school, you could always buy text books for your next year from the girls a year ahead. The best books were always the ones with helpful notes in the margins, and they didn't have that brand new look, so you never felt guilty adding a note or two in the margins (in pencil of course) - that's what seems to be so popular with this book. We hope you enjoy it - and remember it's addiction of a good kind!!!