I remember when I first hatched the idea for "Once Upon a Thread". I couldn't sleep, I was so excited. I imagined all the books that I could use for inspiration in sewing and all the bloggers I knew I wanted to invite. As absurd as it sounds, it made me giddy, and truth be told, it still does.
Sometimes when I sit down and organize (in order of ROYGBIV, of course) our collection of children's books, I act like my children, getting distracted looking at each book, imagining the projects that could be created, or while I'm reading them bedtime stories. It's also got me thinking about doing another sewing series inspired by artists, because as a child, with parents as artists, we always had a huge amount of books about artists in our library at home. I'm thinking Georgia O'Keefe will be first. But, you know me and how I get these ideas in my head and they may or may not come to pass. I have a backlog of projects that need to be born.
But I digress (see? just like my kids!). The 3rd season? session? round? what shall we call it? of Once Upon a Thread is in the planning stages. I have a few returning guests, a few newcomers, but then I thought of my very best resource for scouting talent...YOU! Who would you love to see come to Once Upon a Thread? Or do you have a project you'd like to share? Do you have an etsy shop or know of one who has literary-themed wares you'd like to see featured? I'm hoping you've stumbled upon someone or something and thought, this would be perfect for Once Upon a Thread! Please leave a comment here or email me at nobigdillblog [at] gmail [dot] com with your suggestions.
Are you new here and have no idea what I'm talking about? You can learn about OUT here from
the first series Chapter 1.
I was planning on doing a project inspired from I had a Favorite DressReplyDelete
So pleased to hear you're running this again. There are so many great projects from the last couple of series and I'm looking forward to joining in this time. I have a lot of ideas, just need to decide which one to make.ReplyDelete
It should be the 3rd Volume!ReplyDelete
I actually made a fabric portable playhouse for my little one inspired by one of my favorite children's books for Christmas. Would it work if it's not clothing?ReplyDelete
you are a sewing genius. this jacket is beautiful and creative and playful and just perfect. i appreciate the way that you use your creativity! i love reading your blog. thanksReplyDelete
@ Amber Lynn - PERFECT!! 3rd volume!!ReplyDelete
So happy to see Once Upon a Thread come around again. I don't have anyone to offer, but I can't wait to see what these crazy creative geniuses come up with!!
I'd love to see what Jessica from running with scissors comes up with!ReplyDelete
Aww no more the dill spiel?! it was so cute!ReplyDelete
Amber Lynn--oooh! I like it! Or how about Chapter 3?!ReplyDelete
chris--yes, as long as it is sewn! email me a photo or link.
the berres--thank you! that was a fun one to do :)
Sam Adams--you noticed! I feel more official, like all those big name bloggers :)
I'm so thrilled!ReplyDelete
I vote for Chapter 3! I made a fairylicious dress based on the Pinkalicious book and was selling the pattern on etsy forReplyDelete
awhile. I would love to update it and make a Silverlicious version based on the new book :)
I was reading Sophie a story last night and thought how cute would it be to make little objects to go with the story? I don't know when you are doing the series but I"d be interested in sharing a project if you need some more guest posters. :)ReplyDelete
Yay! I now look at kids books differently, thinking about sewing projects to go along with them whether or not it is OUT season or not! :)ReplyDelete
I bet the talented Cherie at you & mie would come up with something amazing.ReplyDelete
I've been meaning to do a tutorial for the Princess and the Pea dress that I shared during the first OUT ever since. I'd love to do it for an official one.ReplyDelete
I love this idea, can't wait to see round 3! I dye and sell yarn and spinning fiber inspired by literature (and movies/TV) so this is RIGHT up my creative alley! Can't wait to see the projects! :)ReplyDelete
Its an older post, but my sister Leslie made this adorable dress inspired after the book "The Big Tidy Up".ReplyDelete
Oh yeah, and last Halloween my son was inspired to make a cape for himself after reading "The Ranger's Apprentice" series. He convinced two other friends to join him too. They even made the oak leave charm necklace to go with.ReplyDelete
This sounds like so much fun. So many books, so little time!ReplyDelete
Ahhh. That was the book I was going to do this round when I couldn't get my act together for the last installment! I love that you dreamed this up because I can't look at any book the same!ReplyDelete
Ooh, what about Kristin from skirtastop, if you haven't asked her already! :)ReplyDelete
I'm a speech-language pathologist and a mama and I have loved your threads encouraging creativity and literacy. I really should blog more often about the things I have done to go along with books throughout the years...on the to do list.ReplyDelete
I have blogged quite a bit about the naptime bag I've created. I have designed and created softies (and sometimes free patterns) to go along with a song/book for naptime. We read the book/sing the song and then he takes the softie to bed with him.
Here's the last one I did, and it also has links to the other projects in the naptime bag.
Ooooh I love the idea of doing an art inspired series. My eldest loves Rupert the bear...maybe for Halloween I can make him a Rupert outfit. I love the Once Upon a Thread series. They always give my creativity a boost.ReplyDelete
I LOVE your OUT series and that's so cool you're thinking of doing another chapter! So many inspiring books out there. My daughter has grown out of the Emily's Balloon PJ's I made last time, so I'll have to start brainstorming ideas to sew along. :)ReplyDelete
I am so excited! I LOVE this series.ReplyDelete
Ooooh! I think outfits from vintage storybooks would be fabulous.
I would love to participate!
OUT is my favorite thing in blog land ever. I have been hoping you would keep it up. I only started sewing last summer but I made a doll from my kids' favorite story, a set of "mattresses" for a princess and the pea doll and am trying to learn to quilt to make something from A Visitor for Bear. I can't wait to see all the OUT goodness in this "volume!"ReplyDelete
I remember when I read about this a couple of years ago, I was brand new to blogging and I couldn't sleep thinking of all the books I would love to do, I was so stinking excited!! I was a preschool teacher for years so I have a big list! I have never gotten my project done, I bought everything but didn't get the project started, maybe this year! As for who I would like to see I can't remember if she has been a part of this before but I would love to see what Amy of Positively Splendid would do. I'm determined to get mine done this year!ReplyDelete
I have no suggestions but I CAN'T WAIT! I love this series!ReplyDelete
I read your post yesterday and have been SO excited thinking about it! I was a children's librarian before I had kids, so it's a dream come true for my books and fabric loving self to read your OUT posts! (giddy is a good word - I'm with you on that!)ReplyDelete
I have done a couple book related outfits for my daughter - a Pinkalicious outfit for Halloween, and an Olivia the Pig inspired jumper for her birthday. My niece had a Purplicious birthday party last June, and I made her a dress as well. I have a little boy coming in June, and I am in the planning stages of some "Very Lonely Firefly" (Eric Carle) stuff for him.
I am happy to share what I make with my readers or yours - I just think it is such a fun series and I can't wait for more!
Check out the version of Hansel and Gretel illustrated by Jen Corace, written by Cynthia Rylant. It is phenomenal!!!!ReplyDelete
I reed this as soon as you posted it and I was all excited, because this exactly my kind of thing. But then I got all worry thinking, what if, what if.ReplyDelete
My main language is Spanish, so we own lots of beautiful books that are not available in English, and I don't know if it would be okay to use them as inspiration, also I'm not famous blogger, I do have a version of my Spanish blog in English but sometimes is not updated. And I'm not expert sewer, but I do enjoy creating toys related to kids books and fabric and yarn.
So if you think I could be accepted on this, please let me know and also if I could present more than one work but maybe two.
Thank you very much.
You have got to check out Shannon at Googiemomma. She's amazing. She sewed a whole outfit for her daughter that was Eliza Doolittle in my fair lady - a day at the races... complete with parasol. I KNOW she could whip something out for your once upon a thread. :)ReplyDelete
Yes, Chapter 3 is perfect too!ReplyDelete
YAYYY!! One of my absolute favorite series!ReplyDelete
Hi, I have just started reading your blog but I am enjoying it very much so far. :) This post reminded me of another blog I have just started reading in the past couple weeks. It is an elementary art teacher (http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/) who does a lot of art projects based on books and artists. I hope you enjoy browsing! I would love to see some of these designs incorporated into a fabric medium! Good luck with your crafting - eagerly looking forward to reading so much more.ReplyDelete
This series is what brought me to your blog in the first place. I'm an elementary school teacher with a BA in English and Single Subject focus, so this combined with my newfound love of sewing makes me want to jump up and down for joy! I'm sure Ashley from Make It and Love It would make something fabulous. I cannot wait to see what comes!ReplyDelete