The cover of Blue Thread features a bow that Miriam Josefsohn might have worn in the 1912 campaign to give women in Oregon the same voting rights as Oregon men. Eliza Lane made that bow, which, as she shows us, is a cinch to make. Take it away, Eliza.
Tools and materials:
button with a pin back
scrap of fabric
needle and thread
24″ of ribbon
6″ piece of thin wire (such as from a twist tie)
To make the VOTE button, cover pre-made pin with fabric. Cut a circle from fabric about 3/4″ larger in diameter than the button you want to cover. Write a message in permanent ink. (Note the Mockingjay button Eliza used for this project.)
Use a needle and thread to make running stitches around the edge of the fabric, slip the pin inside and pull to tighten. Tie a knot.
Now you are ready to make your bow. […]
As of this month, according to a rough estimate, about 157 million people in the U.S use Facebook. Nearly 15 million Facebook users in the U.S. are thirteen to seventeen years old. Facebook is only one small corner of the social media available over the Internet. Communication between readers and writers, as witnessed by the recent blog tour for Blue Thread, has advanced to a whole new level.
The mechanics of this sort of communication comes easy for some, but, I confess, not for me. So I turned to Whirlabout New Media.
Lucy Softich, one of the founders of WNM, describes the group’s services this way:
Social media allows authors to interact with readers in ways they never could before. However, with so many different types of social media out there, it can be hard to know where to start. Whirlabout New Media is committed to helping authors navigate the sites and communities that work best for them. Whether you’re published, self-published, or still looking for the right publisher, Whirlabout New Media can help you get in on the conversation and promote yourself as an author. […]
According to various Web sources, the phrase “you can never tell a book by its cover” first appeared in print back in 1946 in the novel Murder in the Glass Room, by Edwin Rolfe and Lester Fuller. But in the case of Blue Thread, I’d like to think that the contents does justice to the book’s beautifully designed exterior. Here’s a shout out to Kelsey Klockenteger, who won Ooligan’s cover design competition for Blue Thread.
And here’s the inside story of the outside of the book, as told by Kelsey herself:
“I started designing the cover of Blue Thread by reading the manuscript and taking notes and doodling. Some of the images I played with were blue threads on yellow backgrounds, bowls of licorice, and teddy bears. But I kept coming back to the yellow ribbon. It was a strong image. After deciding to place it on a coat lapel, I set out to research clothing from the time period. […]