In book

WIP (Work In Progress) is a nice way to say creative mess…

Despite the rubble, I’m happy to say, I’m in the home stretch of book project development! Yay! I still have a few projects to finish up…well, after I start them, that is…but I’m pretty excited about how things are turning out. I only wish I could share them with you.

This will be a busy and exciting month here at BW Central. Mid January is my final project deadline for my book. Yup, 30 completed projects full of recycled felty goodness will soon be in the hands of my publisher. It’s like nudging my chicks gently out of the nest as it is time for them to fly. I am feeling a sense of accomplishment yet apprehension to see them go. End of January I’m off to the publishers to participate in the “step-by-step” photo shoot. The photography will be used to illustrate each step of each project.

Next up, the MANUSCRIPT. Isn’t that a daunting word? It just sounds so big and ominous. Especially when followed by the word DEADLINE, which is end of March. Publishing is a whole new world to me and I’m just learning the language. I’m sure there will be a few wrong turns and surprises a long the way, but so far I’m enjoying the ride!

The title? Well, there was a little hiccup with the title. As with many things in life (ok, all of them) you can’t please everyone. Call me wacky, but I’m sure gonna try with this book! Anyway, now the official title is:

Warm Fuzzies: 30 Sweet Felted Projects

Recently some friends of ours had a baby. (Bear with me as I revert back to my “writing a book is like having a baby” analogy) They took a day or two to name the baby. There were names they liked, names they weren’t sure about. They consulted others and negotiated with each other. Their situation reminded me of when our second son was born. We had already used up our only boy name on our first son. We deliberated and eventually settled on a name. Finally. Then something magical happened. This name, this regular name that was just a word made up of some letters, was given a baby. The baby and the name joined, never again to be up for discussion. The name became secondary as it became defined by the personality of our son.

So, back to the title of the book…Warm Fuzzies: 30 Sweet Felted Projects

It’s a very comfortable title, I think. A little charming, a little playful. Double meaning with the warm fuzzy felt and the warm fuzzy feeling. I think it’ll stick.

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  • Mama Urchin

    Love the butterfly

  • kim

    CONGRATULATIONS!! How very cool! Can’t wait to see it in print. :)

  • momomimi

    What an accomplishment, so nice to have your work officially in print. Well done!!

  • cruststation

    Aww…I feel warm and fuzzy after reading this. Love the work in progress shots, the butterfly, flowers are all so beautiful! Can’t wait to see your book!! Congrats on the hard work.

  • Melissa R. Garrett

    It’s a lovely name, indeed, and it’s exactly the type of title that would make me stop, look, and buy.

    Congratulations – how exciting!!

  • erin

    i love the little sneak peek…it may tie me over until the book actually comes out!

  • Andi

    My 2 1/2 year old looked at the pictures of your WIP and said “Wow! That’s pretty, mama!” She loves the butterflies. I’ve been working on a couple of ideas for butterfly finger puppets using the scraps from my recycled sweater hand puppets and realized looking at your picture that I was making my life so much more difficult than it had to be. (A tube for the body of the butterfly with 4 wing sections sewn onto it… Very labor intensive with the needle felted details on top of it.)

    Seeing the familiar shape and color of the clover tool hiding amongst your work and supplies was a little like spotting an object in one of those hidden picture puzzles.

  • susan b anderson

    I love those butterflies and the title of the book!

  • gillian.


    i only discovered your blog 2 days ago, but already i’m hooked. i’ve had a growing passion for needle felting and felting in general for over a year now and it’s wonderful to have found such an inspiring site!

    best of luck with the publishing process. i can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • Miranda

    Can’t wait for the book. I just discovered your blog recently & love your work… partly inspired by you, I just bought six lovely old wool sweaters at the thrift store yesterday & happily ruined them in the washing machine today. (Ruined only for purposes of wearing at their original size, of course!…) Lots of fun…

  • Anabel

    Happy New Year!!Can´t wait to see the book!!:-)

  • Betz White

    Thanks everybody for your well wishes. Still so much work left to do. I truly appreciate your support!

  • shobhana

    i can’t wait to see your book!

  • Jenn Maruska

    I love the title of the book!

    So excited to see it –

    : )


  • shula

    Good title.

  • Mariska

    I love the little flowers on the photo’s, very cute.
    Good luck with your book:)

  • lori marie

    betz! i am so glad to have found your lovely lovely blog…a new favorite:)

    lori marie

  • barbie604

    Enjoyed you on Martha today. Great pincushion. look forward to the new book.

  • blop

    I just watched you on Martha today…you had a marvy project, handled it extremely well( must have been overwhelming w/Martha).
    I love your blog, your projects and look forward to your book!
    Great job and I will be checking back often.

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