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Introducing Heather Ross Prints!

I am so pleased to tell you that my newest crafts book, Heather Ross Prints, is now available.

This project is truly close to my heart. Inspired largely by the community of crafters that exists online and the infectious spirit of generosity among them, I set out to create a usable digital library of my own (favorite) fabric designs. I spent the better part of a year exploring new digital printing technologies and trying out new craft techniques (lamp making, bookbinding, wallpapering) searching for new ways to use my artwork. With the help of STC Craft, Brooke Reynolds, and John Gruen, I bundled it all into a book (which comes with a dvd full of artwork!) that I couldn't be more proud of. I also included a chapter on my own creative process with a step by step guide to designing fabric in Photoshop, and a bunch of full-page images of my prints that are on perforated paper so that you can rip them out for giftwrapping and scrapbooking.

There was one other objective set forth early in the project: to make this book affordable for everyone. Alhough most of the crafts books that STC Craft makes are hardcovers, Heather Ross Prints will make it's debut in paperback at the absolutely fabulous price of $24.95.

Here are a few of my most favorite projects and photos from the book:

Digitally Printed Wallpaper! There are more than 5 print files in HR Prints that can be uploaded onto this website to create standard sized wallpaper - including Underwater Sisters, Horses, Frog Prince, and The Owl and The Pussycat, and another 40 prints that can be used to create wall murals. You can even choose to have this paper printed on a self-adhesive substrate that can be easily applied and removed. This photo was taken in my daughter Bee's bedroom at our house in the Catskills. Vera and Pauline hung it the day before the shoot, and there it remains.

More wallpaper, this time my Horses, plus a decoupage project on a little white storage stool. I love the little Pendleton Blanket we found for this shot! I think if we hadn't already hung the unicorns that this would have been my choice for decorating Bee's room.

 

Thisis one of my most favorite paper craft projects in the book. I thought it would be fun to mix a printed fabric bound cover with a printed paper endpaper. The inside pages are blank, simply a stack of fresh white printer paper. I included a few sets of print combinations, but especially love the Wildflowers with the Playing Horses print. The fabric can be printed via Spoonflower and the paper can be printed at home or at a service bureau with a wide format printer (like Kinkos). Very basic bookbinding techniques are employed, as is my favorite new crafty find: Padding Compound.

Here are my Racecars exactly where they should be: in a little boy's bedroom. These prints are two of about forty in the book that can be used for anything and everything, including fabric. This is Spoonflowers lovely linene / cotton blend. We washed this in very hot water and the colors stayed fast, the fabric became softer.

This photo didn't actually make the cut, but it was one of my most favorites. We shot it in Bee's bedroom, upstate again, with low lights. That's my grandmother, her great grandmother, on the mantle. I was seven months pregnant and absolutely sure she would be a "Trixie", but she's not. She's a Bee. Still, how cool is it that you can make your own lanterns from rice paper and lamp making supplies?? (more of that over here) and cooler still, we have included versions of the print file (yes, rice paper can be used in ink jet printers!) with EVERY letter of the alphabet on the DVD in the book. These could be used for parties, weddings, etc. etc..... Here's a close-up, they all have my Far Far Away prints on them!

I'll be back next week with more details, including a descripton of what it's like to set up an outdoor shot in the pouring rain when you are seven months pregnant and cannot zip up your raincoat.

Heather Ross Prints is available now on Amazon. It's been shipping for a few days and should be hitting your neigborhood bookstore's shelves very soon. I can't wait to hear what you think of it!

 

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Reader Comments (23)

Wow - what an amazing idea for a book!!!

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary on Lake Pulaski

This is awesome! It is definitely going on my Christmas list!

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill

I. can't. wait. to . get. this. book.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

How cool! Heading over to Amazon now :)

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Wow! What a wonderful idea. I went straight to Amazon and ordered it. I love your designs and it's so hard to track down your fabrics, in the amounts/colors, when the mood to sew strikes. I'm so excited to be able to print them on spoonflower on demand. Can't wait to see what else is in the book

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaely

Oooooooooooooooooooo. Pretty.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanell

I'M SO EXCITED!

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Sue

Yippee! Just placed my order on Amazon.

Love the nickname Bee, but a little sad she didn't fit the Trixie moniker--I was a big ole Trixie Belden fan as a kid, and would love to see a few more Trixies running around. Maybe if I can convince my husband to let me have another kid... :-)

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

You have to be the most generous person, period. Thank you, from all your fans, for sharing your artwork with us and allowing us to use your images in this amazing way. I just ordered my copy and shipped it overnight - I cannot wait to see your book!

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Um, hello, this is like the most amazing thing I've ever heard of! I'm in the middle of collecting bits and pieces of your designs to make a polaroid quilt (sort of like a more awesome i-spy type of quilt) and this is going to be perfect! Also, I kind of have a crush on paper products. I am ordering this right now! Yippee!!!

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpinksuedeshoe

Oohh, I am SO super excited. I pre-ordered this a while ago and Amazon just emailed me today letting me know it shipped. Wooo hoo! Looking forward to getting some crafty goodness on! :)

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

Boom! Ordered! Thank you!

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarvi

Stunning stuff, Heather!! Love the end papers and the pillow cases and... and... and!!!!

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMadelyn

Ahhhhh!!! I am so in love.... must have this book :)

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephinie

YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Received, reviewed, order placed at Spoonflower, beyond excited!

August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarvi

This is so wonderful. I just checked it out on amazon and I'll get it as soon as it starts shipping here in Germany in a few days.
Oh, and I also ordered some of the Crafty Chloe fabrics and am so in love with them. Thanks so much for all of your amazing work.

August 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMirjam

Heather, you're amazing! Thank you for sharing your talent with us and coming up with these great projects :) Best of luck and I know what will be on my wish list .... :)

August 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennyCNo3

Oh my goodness! How wonderful! Congratulations on such a gorgeous book! I had to run over and pick up a copy right away. Absolutely cannot wait until it arrives next week! Thank you for sharing your talent with us Heather.

August 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEz

It looks WONDERFUL!! I hear you on the not zipping the raincoat, by the way. I live Upstate and last winter totally outgrew my only winter coat so I had to just wear sweaters with the coat on and open. What're you gonna do?

I had no idea that you had a house in the Catskills, by the way! I live right on the Delaware in Sullivan County. I hope I'll run into you sometime!

September 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeila

Oh. Oh my. Oh MY! This is SO cool, and wonderful, and exciting, and generous, and beautiful!! I can't wait to get it!! Thank you so much!

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

I received my pre-ordered copy of HR prints from Amazon today (I live in Australia)......I'm lost for words.
It has sent me into a tailspin - as a Mum of four daughters aged between 1 and 6yrs I don't have a lot of time for crafty-ness(!!) .......my children might be neglected for a while I think.
This book, and your talent, is awesome. Thank you thank you :)

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacey114

This looks brilliant!! I'm off to buy it now! Thank you for sharing, your art is just gorgeous!

September 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurinda

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