I went to Philadelphia yesterday (a 300 mile round trip drive! yikes!) to see Jenny's exhibit at ArtStar (http://www.artstarphilly.com/
) and attend her booksigning. It was awesome. And I got to buy a copy of the new book -- see:
Jenny was really nice and fun to talk to. She talked about her various projects and ideas for new patterns and about her regret at not having enough time to embroider. And the book rocks! The text is an expanded introduction to embroidery, a lot like the little book that comes with the StitchIt Kit, but more fleshed out. But the patterns! Oh my! 88 pages of patterny goodness! There are some new versions of patterns we're familiar with (those wonderful cats! in new poses!) and some totally new patterns (a music staff! with a treble clef!).
And I got to see some of Jenny's work close up -- she even flipped a few over so that we could see the backs (messy! just like mine! what a relief!). It was cool to see those chunky stitches, and her artwork is really inspiring.
At first, there weren't many people there for the book signing, which was awesome for me, but I felt bad for Jenny and the shop. But when I left, more people were arriving. Unfortunately, I couldn't stay for the opening of the exhibit, I had to get home.
Also, ArtStar is a really neat shop/gallery -- I recommend it.
It was a fun trip, and totally worth the drive!