31 January 2014

First Look at My Book!

Love At First Stitch

Ta Da! Here it is – the cover of my book! It has Breton stripes on the cover - YES. Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking will be published by Quadrille on 8th May 2014, and you can pre-order it NOW!

So... what is it?

This is the book I wish I had when I began dressmaking – a book which I believe fills a real gap on the shelves. I own a lot of lovely sewing books – adorable beginner-focused books on making accessories and cushions; beautiful dressmaking books for people who already know how to sew; fantastic techniques books that are useful reference points when you get stuck on something... But I’ve never found a book I love that takes you from complete novice to confident DIY dressmaker – from the absolute basics of threading the sewing machine through to making a whole wardrobe full of gorgeous clothes you can be proud to say you made yourself. So I wrote it.

Love at First Stitch is about learning by doing. Rather than overwhelming you with tons of theory, you get to dive straight in to making gorgeous projects to wear. Each chapter centres on one such project, and takes you through the techniques you need to make it, as you make it. The book comes with full scale pattern sheets in eight different sizes (from 30-24-34" in to 44-38-48"). Plus there are variations for each project so you get to make it your own, and make it again and again. Think of it like a fun and informative dressmaking course, in which you make stuff and learn stuff at the same time :)

I worked really hard to simplify sewing so it’s enjoyable and un-intimidating for people who were never taught. The book is written in plain English, with all the jargon translated, plentiful colour photos to show you each step, and extra touches to take the head-scratching out of sewing, such as clearly labelled pattern pieces to help you visualise how the pieces come together to make a garment. Plus a can-do attitude and lots of encouraging words to keep you motivated!

And it looks absolutely gorgeous! Fresh, modern and totally different to what you might expect from a craft book. When I told Quadrille I wanted the book design to channel the modern aesthetic and colour palette of the Jean-Luc Godard movie Le Mépris, rather than laughing in my face, they put together a Dream Team to do just that! The result is a stunner.

I can’t wait to share more sneaky peeks nearer the release date, but in the meantime, you can pre-order the book here. (Amazon.co.uk the first place it’s available, watch this space for other retailers both in the UK and internationally.)

Thank you so much for your support!

[Soundtrack: 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams]

115 comments:

  1. Your book looks amazing! Congratulations! :)

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  2. Wow, it looks gorgeous. Can't wait to have a look at it.

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  3. I can't wait to read it!! Congratulations Tilly! This has made my day seeing a sneak peak of the cover! You should be so thrilled.

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  4. Well this is exciting! Can't wait to see it on the shelves in book stores. Congratulations! x

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  5. Very exciting! When I opened my first pattern, an old SImplicity one, I had to google everything in the instructions, and got so frustrated- I didn't just want to make cushions, but dress like Francoise Hardy :) Although that was how I found your blog :)
    But this looks good for newly started dressmakers as well as beginners- yay!
    Thanks Tilly :)

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  6. Your book looks fantastic, Tilly! Well done! I can't wait for its release - it looks like something I am going to love!

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  7. Yey!! very exciting I've pre-ordered my copy

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  8. Congrats! Can't wait to check it out!

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  9. Wow - This is very exciting. Look forward to seeing it in the shops. Will have to go and check out the film too.

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  10. That looks great - I'm really pleased for you, taking part in your OWOP 2 years ago really encouraged me to sew for myself and I'm sure your book will help others get going :)

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  11. So pleased for you - but why aren't you on the cover?

    Have just pre-ordered :)

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  12. congratulations tilly - it looks great (joanne above - that is tilly on the cover!)

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  13. Sounds perfect for me, I'm excited to get my paws on it! I'll see if my local book shop can get it in when it is released :)

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  14. Hi Tilly,

    I am so excited for this & have pre ordered my copy from Amazon. Can't wait!

    Louise.

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  15. Is it really Tilly? Looks a bit different - no dimples!

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  16. Congrats! The cover is adorable & very you :)

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  17. Congratulations! It's perfectly timed for my birthday :-) love the cover photo.. I'm very jealous!

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  18. Congrats! Fantastic thing to make a book! Hope it does well!

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  19. I don't want to wait til 8th May to have this!!!

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  20. congrats! i'm shure the book will show us a really great and easy to make pieces

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  21. The book looks gorgeous! I can't wait until it's available internationally! I'm totally requesting that my library purchase it so everyone here has access to it.

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  22. Also available at Book Depository for preoder for international readers :D
    http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Love-at-First-Stitch-Tilly-Walnes/9781849493659

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  23. Such a great cover Tilly! I love the 60s vibe x

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  24. Ahh - can't wait to check it out!! :)

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  25. Congratulations! Excellent idea having pre-printed patterns. How many patterns are in the book or are you not allowed to say yet???

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  26. congratulations Tilly! It looks fantabulous!!! I will defenitely be buying it. Well done! Pati x

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  27. Ooh looking so fab I just had to pre-order it!

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  28. Ooh looking so fab I just had to pre-order it!

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  29. i love the cover!! if the content is half as good as that it'll be a winner! :)

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  30. It looks just lovely! I look forward to buying it when it hits the US!

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  31. Congratulations, Tilly! Can't wait to see more...

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  32. Brilliant Tilly, I'll get my daughter to bring one over for me when she comes home from Uni for the summer - maybe if I offer to make something from the book for her ... ?! :D

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  33. Brilliant! Just pre ordered my copy.

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  34. Congratulations Tilly - it looks great! Looking forward to having a read when it's released!

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  35. Congratulations!! What a beautiful cover. Sounds like a sensational book, and I can't wait to get it!

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  36. That is so cute! It's very you! Can't wait to see it!

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  37. Yey, how exciting for you! The cover looks great and your manifesto for the book sounds like just what I need! Can't wait to see more of it!

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  38. Oooh tres exciting Tilly! It looks beautiful, trust Quadrille to make something so lovely. I cannot wait to get started- you're a true sewing inspiration! Kath x

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  39. Amazing! I'm so proud of you. It's been amazing watching you grow over the years.

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  40. Pre-ordered! Very exciting, look forward to reading it.

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  41. I wish something like this had been available when I was sewing frantically in my twenties.
    I am tempted to get the old machine out and start again......

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  42. Congratulations! It looks amazing and absolutely perfect for me, as going from complete novice to DIY dressmaker is exactly what I've just started trying to achieve. I can't wait to read it. :)

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  43. Lovely Tina this is two days before my birthday and guess what I shall be getting - your book! Well done Tina so happy for you and well deserved success for all your hard work and effort. My favourite designer, big hugs,
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  44. utterly brilliant, congratulations!!

    poppyinstitches@yahoo.co.uk

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  45. Congratulations Tilly. The book looks lovely!

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  46. Oh wow! Congratulations! I can't wait until this comes out, what an accomplishment!

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  47. You've hit the nail on the head, Tilly. That is exactly the beginner's book I have been looking for and kudos on including a good range of sizes. Pre-ordered!

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  48. I am so very excited for this book--I can't wait to see what great projects you have in store for us!

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  49. Loving the look of the front cover and eagerly awaiting the book. It's precisely what I need !

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  50. Congrats! I know I'm not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but i already love this book!

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  51. Brilliant, I cannot wait to get it, well done Tilly for making your dreams a reality and making our sewing so much more enjoyable with your blog and now new book! xxxx

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  52. sounds like just what I need - can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  53. Wonderful you! I'm sure it was a long road, and congrats to being in print :)

    And I am super duper excited that my sizing is included (granted, I'm at the top...but still included!). Can't wait until I can get my grubby little hands on it (maybe not grubby...it is too pretty)!

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  54. Looks just wonderful. I found a listing on amazon.com for prospective American buyers, but it looks like there is no pre-order option. Hopefully it will update me when it's available if I put it on my wishlist!

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  55. OHMAHHGAWD Tilly, I'm so proud of you! The cover is stunning and you look gorgeous on it! Can't wait to put my hands on your book! :D

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  56. I'm going to be on the lookout for this book in the U.S. You've addressed my frustration with teaching myself to sew. The books are either intimidating or so cutesy and I have no interest in making something I won't wear. Congratulations!

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  57. congratulations! im very happy for you that your dream is now a reality! I love Le Mepris so its lovely to see a sewing book with a nice theme. so many of them are a bit too cartoonish and you feel like the author is talking down to you.
    I hope you sell a million copies!!!

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  58. I am SO excited about this. Congratulations!

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  59. Oh wow, this does look absolutely gorgeous. I will OWN this.

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  60. What a wonderful concept, and it looks like a smashing execution! I dream of learning to sew (someday when my daughter gets past toddler age, I think) and I am going to add your book to my wish list NOW so that when I have the chance to dive into sewing, I will be ready.

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  61. Tilly! Congratulations! The book cover couldn't be more you and the focus of the book is awesome. Just what the market needs.

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  62. Congrats Tilly! It looks great. What a great concept, and I love that you got the "look" you wanted! Here's hoping it will inspire a whole bunch of new sewists!

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  63. Thank you sooooo much for your lovely comments, everyone! It's nerve-wracking to put something out there that I put so much work into, so it's wonderful to have your support. I couldn't have done it without you.

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  64. I love the colour scheme of your book Tilly, it stands out from the others . I am also so pleased to hear it offers full size patterns, there is nothing worse than not being able to make the projects in the book instantly. I have a feeling your book will be very popular, and I can't wait to see. Congratulations!

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  65. Yay! Soooo excited! I absolutely love the cover and can't wait to see the design aesthetic!

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  66. It looks stunning! I can't wait till May.

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  67. Very excited....congratulations Tilly :)

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  68. Congratulations Tilly!!! I'm a silent reader of your blog since the beginning and I'm very happy that your dream comes true! I can't wait to have my copie in my hands.
    Happy week end ^_^
    Ally

    http://allyandwoozle.com

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  69. Hi Tilly, this is from my diary today, I'd like to share with you:

    "Tilly's new book is finished and will be on the shelf in May. I'm so happy for her. I grew to like reading her blog/newsletters. I don't usually read other people's blogs carefully, but I feel happy when her newsletters reach my inbox (usually after midnight) and I at least scan it from the beginning to the end. That's rare. Plus the book looks and sounds wonderful, it will be expensive (I just checked Amazon, It's actually not too bad!), but I WILL buy one!"

    Thanks for your hard work and great gift. Congrats!!

    Rong
    from rongfu2011.wordpress.com

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  70. I have pre- ordered mine Tilly! I cannot wait for it to arrive!! It's a long time to wait!!!!

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  71. just pre-ordered! Can't wait :-D

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  72. How exciting, and many congratulations! Looking forward to seeing your book in the bestseller lists! x

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  73. Congratulations Tilly. Well done. Can't wait ti check it out on this side of the pond...Jen T

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  74. This is really good news. I've just pre-ordered my copy from Amazon Spain. Yay!

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  75. Oh Tilly! You've nailed the aesthetic you were going to and it's fresh look will appeal to so many different people! I love it, you're stunning and a genius!!!

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  76. Yippee! I've put in my pre-order:) Can't wait to see inside.

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  77. Congratulations!! That is so exciting!!!

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  78. Wow! congratulations. It looks amazing from the outside, will be lovely to read. Thank you for putting in so much hard work for the rest of us!

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  79. gorgeous of course!!! congrats Tilly! can't wait to see it!

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  80. How exciting! I will definitely be having a look at your new book with a view to purchase :) I have lots of 'beginners' sewing books but you are right, they are very craft focused.

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  81. How exciting! Congrats on the new book : ) This will make the perfect Mother's Day gift in May for my MIL - preordered and can't wait to steal it from her when she's done!

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  82. Huge Congratulations Tilly- You have worked hard and you SO deserve this!! Exciting :)

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  83. Congratulations, Tilly. Fantastic cover! Can't wait to see the insides.

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  84. It really looks amazing ... I'm a beginner dressmaker and I just can't wait ....

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  85. Congratulations. What a great concept - can't wait to see it. Am counting down the days to May.

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  86. Congratulations Tilly! As a haberdashery shop owner I can't wait to sell this book to my customers, as a sewer I Can't wait to read it for myself and as a blogger I can't wait to review this beauty for our readers! Well done, Oh and can't wait to hear you speak at Blogtacular in May <3
    Sammy xxx

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  87. The cover is adorable! I can't wait to see more.

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  88. Congratulations! Love the cover. It;'s on bookdepository.co.uk too - that's free shipping world-wide, I'm sure many will be happy to know:)

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  89. What a tease! I live in the USA! I want to pre-order one!

    Congrats! Can't wait for it to become available here!

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  90. Awesome, I hope I get a chance to read it. I like the title since it's what you said in the sewing bee.

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  91. Congratulations Tilly - that's SO exciting!!

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  92. Well done Tilly - can't wait to see it in print! Sounds like an essential bookshelf addition to me

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  93. I am an avid reader of you're blog but I have never commented before (can you be internet shy?!) but think this is definitely a good excuse to put a comment and get involved. I'm so excited to get my hands of a copy of this! As a beginner-maybeintermediate (that is definitely a skill level) sewer it looks perfect for making sure my skills are up to scratch and developing a few new ones. Wishing for May and the summer to come even more so than previously! Congratulations! xx

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  94. Love this! Congratulations on the book deal, can't wait to check it out!
    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

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  95. Oh Tilly! You've nailed the aesthetic you were going to and it's fresh look will appeal to so many different people! I love it, you're stunning and a genius!!!

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  96. I'm so looking forward to your book is released! :)

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  97. So exciting I will be buying this one for sure. Are there any instructions about pattern grading?

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  98. Congrats! A tip to swedish readers - the book can be put on your "monitor-list" on adlibris.com.

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  99. I have only one word LOVE 😍😍😍😍😍put an order on amazon.
    Is it may yet?

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  100. Just pre-ordered my copy! Congratulations. Can't wait to get stuck in!

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  101. Oh I want this. When will it be available in the US?

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  102. Congratulations Tilly! This is such an achievement. I can't wait to receive my copy and benefit from your wonderful, easy to follow instructions! Huzah!

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  103. Will you promise to let us know when it'll be available in the US??? I'd love a copy!

    Congrats on such a big accomplishment!!

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  104. Tilly, it's lovely! And I'm sure very inspiring (for you & us). About the wooden thread rack...I got a huge one (from hancockfabrics.com): June Tailor Mega Thread Rack, Item# 3028719 (holds 120 spools--free standing or I stuck mine on the wall). That's for in the US.

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  105. Lovely book I am new to your blog today and just realised you featured on the Sewing Bee programme haha just loved watching and inspired me to get into sewing myself as it's a great creative skill/craft to learn :) I have the sewing bee book so will keep an eye out for this also! Keep up with the great work xx

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  106. Congratulations! The cover is beautiful and I'm sure the insides are too. :)

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  107. Will you be selling your book in the US? I would LOVE to get my hands on a copy!

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    1. Yes! I'm looking forward to sharing more details on the US release when I have them...

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  108. Can you tell me what patterns are in the book

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