Welcome to the Urban Edge Blog Tour! We are thrilled you have joined us for this week-long tour of the blogs of some of the best known writers and designers in the fiber world as they give their reviews of our newest book of crochet patterns, Urban Edge. And did we mention there would be giveaways? More on that in a little bit…
Urban Edge began as a collection of sketches that I presented to our publisher at Leisure Arts who had published our two previous books “Heady Affairs” and “And That’s A Wrap!” I love to sketch… I mean I REALLY love sketching… and at this particular meeting I think I had close to 200 sketches with me grouped into different seasons and styles. By the end of that meeting, a couple dozen sketches had been pulled from my book. Those sketches were then narrowed down again into the 13 designs for Urban Edge.
At that same meeting, I was bowled over when our publisher offered us the opportunity to package this book ourselves. Being allowed to package our own book meant that we had our hands on the creation of this book from the concept sketches to the final files that we sent to our publishers to be printed as the book you now hold (or will hold) in your hands. In the world of designers, this was a dream come true! Leisure Arts would give us all of the support we needed, but we would be able to produce the book from start to finish ourselves.
I think I all but did a back flip right there on the spot! Needless to say, we took on the challenge and, with a lot of support and encouragement from our editor and the FAB folks at Leisure Arts, we were able to create Urban Edge.
That meeting was in January and, officially, production began in April of 2011.
Not only was I able to make some of my absolute favorite pieces and share them with the world, we were also given the opportunity to cast the models, choose the locations for the photo shoots, style the garments how we thought they would look best, and Jason photographed every garment so we could be sure it was shown in exactly the way we felt it would look best. Again, this was a dream come true and we had a FAB time!
Creating Urban Edge has been a joy for us here at Shibaguyz Designz. We feel like this is a FAB representation of everything we love about crochet design and fashion. We love each one of these designs and have taken every step to make sure you, the makers, have all of the information you need to create each one of these pieces for yourself. As you make these garments, if you can get even a little of the joy we feel in creating these pieces for you, then we will be happy campers!
With Urban Edge, we have been given the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind collection of garments for you all and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
To go into the entire story today of the creation of Urban Edge would be a bit cumbersome. Instead, we will be writing a few behind the scenes articles over the next couple of weeks focusing on everything from Jason’s FAB photography (seriously, don’t you LOVE his photographs? FAB!) and layout of the book to the inspiration for the designs themselves. We will share our journey with you and, in return, you might gain a little insight into the creative minds of the studio of Shibaguyz Designz… I know… scary stuff… hehehe…
Now to the giveaway! It’s really simple; we are going to be giving away two copies of Urban Edge. All you have to do is leave a comment here at the end of this post. TAADAA!! What?? You want more? Okay… you will get one entry into our drawing for EACH of these:
1. Leave a comment at the end of this post telling use which design from Urban Edge you want to make first – one comment per person.
2. Tweet about this post and Urban Edge using the hashtag #UrbanEdge and a link to this post – one Tweet entry per person, per day!
3. Write your own blog post about Urban Edge and include a link to this post in your post (I just wanted to see how often I could put “post” in one sentence… post… post…) – one blog post per person.
4. Talk about this post on your Facebook page and include a link to this post – one Facebook entry per person, per day!
5. Talk about this post on Ravelry and include a link to this post – one Ravelry entry per person.
6. Make a sign and carry it up and down the street telling everyone to buy a copy of Urban Edge!! (ahem) Okay… that’s probably not going to happen… still… it couldn’t hurt… hehehe…
*NOTE: All comments on this blog are moderated. So… if you leave a comment and don’t see it show up right away, don’t panic. Check back in a few hours and you will see your comment. :)
Do one, do ‘em all… that’s a total of FIVE (six if you don’t mind carrying a sign LOL) entries you could have in our drawing. Now, here’s the fine print… for #2-6, you have to come BACK here to this post and leave an additional comment with a link to each of your Tweets, Facebook status updates, Ravelry post or blog entry for EACH of the additional entries. Only comments on this post will be counted in the drawing… that way we know you completed your task and we can assign you another entry! WOOHOO!! The only criteria we have for WHO can win is that you must be a resident of the United States.
In addition, we hear some of the other bloggers on the tour might be giving away copies of Urban Edge so ya better get over to those blogs and enter too!
Speaking of those other folks, here is the poster again:
Be sure to stop by each of the blogs on the tour this week… they are all FAB folks and we are so luck to have each of them reviewing Urban Edge.
Don’t want to wait to win a copy? You can also pick up a copy of Urban Edge directly from Leisure Arts where it is available as a hardcopy AND as a digital download! WOOHOO!!
Thank you again for stopping by day one of the Urban Edge Blog Tour! Come back soon for more about Urban Edge and other projects from the studio of Shibaguyz Designz and be sure to look over there in the right hand column of our page to see how to keep up with us on Twitter, Facebook, Ravelry and Pinterest.