Interview with Clare Beaton

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My little guy and I both fell in love with Clare Beaton‘s hand-stitched illustrations at the same time. We poured over each early board book (he yanked the pages closer with his pudgy hands and then I took my turn, examining each tiny stitch). Kristin and her daughters share a love for Ms. Beaton’s creations too, of course, so we enthusiastically agreed with many exclamation points (!!) that we must, must interview Clare Beaton for our month of Hand Sewing. So we did! We did!

It was quite exciting for both of us to ask Ms. Beaton our burning questions about her workspace, favorite children’s books, her love of fabric and much more. Here, with sneak peeks at her latest work, is our interview. (And don’t forget to comment for your chance to win one of three Clare Beaton books from Barefoot Books, in addition to this week’s Hand Sewing giveaways!)

SMS: How did you get started in hand-stitched illustration?
Ms. Beaton: I got started in hand-stitched illustration when I wrote a book The Felt Book which filled a gap in the market at the time when there were 100s of craft books but nothing on felt. I included a couple of felt pictures and was inspired to do a small collection which I took to a card and poster company. They commissioned me to do both and I sent one of the posters to Barefoot Books saying I would love to illustrate a book for children in this way. They asked me to do One Moose, Twenty Mice and I have done another 17 to date!

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D is for Dog (approximately 11.5 ” square).

SMS: Did you grow up sewing by hand? How was creativity and imagination a part of your childhood?
Ms. Beaton: I did a little sewing when I was growing up but mostly clothes. Drawing was my passion and I always wanted to be an illustrator.

SMS: Your Mother Goose works are some of our favorites. Can you share some of your favorite children’s books and/or poems (your work or from others)?
Ms. Beaton: I have several Mother Goose books. Amongst my favourites are The Real Mother Goose illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright in 1916 and still in print at least up to 1972 when I purchased my copy in New York! Over the Moon illustrated by Charlotte Voake who has a delightful, loose witty style. Lavender’s Blue illustrated by Harold Jones, a classic.

I was brought up with the Flower Fairy books, Milly, Molly, Mandy, Winnie the Pooh and the Beatrice Potter books of course, all wonderfully illustrated and all different.

SMS: How much time to you spend hand sewing every day?
Ms. Beaton: When I am busy on a book which fortunately is most of the time I work from about 9.30 to 7 with small breaks to hang out the washing, making tea and lunch! My work is very time consuming.

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1-6 (approximately 5″ square).

SMS: Technically, your work is impeccable! Do you have any advice for those of us who do a little work with felt and fabric? Tips for those clean cuts and nice, even stitches?
Ms. Beaton: Obviously sharp scissors and needles help here but my neat stitches really are a result of many years practice. I hold the work firmly in my left hand close to the work which helps too, I am right handed. Everything is pinned in position.

SMS: What kind of felt do you use? (Wool, wool blend?)
Ms. Beaton: I use all kinds of felt. The subtle colours (MGR) are 100% wool or very nearly and come from a shop in Munich where they make it. Then I buy from markets and although some colours are good it’s not wool. I also use some totally synthetic felts I purchase in 5 metre rolls from the UK in really bright strong colours.

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Poppies by Clare Beaton

SMS: Where do you find all of the vintage textiles you use in your pieces? Do the fabrics lead you to certain illustrations? Do you search for specific fabrics for particular works?… How does fabric influence your work?

Ms. Beaton: I have collected fabrics (and many other things) forever from flea markets, charity shops, antique fairs, car boot sales and and anywhere else! Aprons have been a particular rich source of patterns. The story always comes first and this leads to my choice of colours and fabrics. In How Loud is a Lion I used some 40s and 50s fabrics. For Baby’s First Book I decided to use white sheets and cream linen for the backgrounds for a lighter fresher feel.

SMS: Tell us about your work space!…
Ms. Beaton: I work from home in a large first floor room which is light and airy and faces the street so I don’t feel completely cut off from life! On one side I have a wall of books, on another an old shirt “cupboard” which is an old shop piece and in which I keep most of my felts and fabrics organised into colours and patterns (spots, stripes, checks and floral).

Then there are shelves of buttons, braid, beads, etc. I work in the bay window at a drawing board listening to the radio.

SMS: Do you have handsewn works in your own home?
Ms. Beaton: I have a large piece of applique work from Bihar, India, a piece by the fabric artist Janet Bolton and various other bits and pieces. Also a small collection of patchwork quilts, mostly from the US.

SMS: You mentioned on your site that you’ve always had a love of folk art. What types of folk art are you most drawn to? How do you think that love informs your illustrations?

Ms. Beaton: I am always drawn to work that is made by “untrained” artists and the fact that much of it is made from recycled materials. Hence my love of patchwork quilts. This is one of the reasons I prefer to use old things, apart from the felt. Even the names of the colours of the threads I use pleases me as I work.

SMS: Can you tell us a little about your fabric workshops?
Ms. Beaton: I do workshops when asked and mostly with children in schools and at literary festivals although if the opportunity arose I would like to more with adults. Often they are based on one of my books. I take original work to show and provide the same materials as I use but with young children they glue the pictures. I’ve done a few with young mothers and encourage them to stitch pictures for their children.

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Marigolds by Clare Beaton

SMS: What are you working on for the future?
Ms. Beaton: My latest book for Barefoot is a companion to Baby’s First Book and is a journal where mums can fill in details of their baby and keep items. After this I hope to do another book. I am going to do a range of greetings cards and another counting book. I have been drawn to 70s bed linen recently and am sending one or two pieces using these.

Recently I have been able to experiment with different styles which has been terrific and I stitched new posters this year.

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168 Responses to Interview with Clare Beaton

  1. Bernardita says:

    Yesterday it was my daughter and son’s birthday party and they’ ve got ‘One Moose, Tewnty Mice’, ‘Elusive Mosse’ and an amazing 9 piece two-in-one puzzle made by Clare Beaton. Today I can’t concentrate on anything else, apart from her artwork. So finding your interview (and the comments) made me realise how powerful and inspiring her work has been not just for me!

  2. Steph Wehrman says:

    Our family favorite= “How Big is A Pig?” Wonderful!

  3. jennsquared says:

    I would love to win one of these books. So adorable!

  4. Shannon Roberts says:

    Thank you for sharing. It is inspiring to make our own little (and obviously not as “perfect” as Clare’s) embroidered book. Thank you for sharing this new author/artist to me and for sharing an amazing interview with lots of great info. Just found this blog and am already addicted! 🙂

  5. Tricia L. says:

    The marigolds block at the bottom is stunning. I wish I had patience for hand quilting.

  6. Mary McCain says:

    We’ve loved Zoe and Her Zebra since my 4-year-old was 2! Such beautiful work.

  7. Mary P says:

    Lovely books. I would to win.

  8. Rachel Carter says:

    I am very fortunate to have an original Clare Beaton picture, given to me by the artist herself. Her work is certainly impeccable and she is an inspiration to all those lucky enough to know her. As with all successful artists and craftsmen, it is Clare’s extraordinarily focused hard work combined with her creative inventiveness that is so impressive and results in such beautiful work!!!!

  9. Stacy says:

    What beautiful work!

  10. Tammy Hoeltke says:

    Thank you for sharing this lovely work with us, I can’t wait to aquire a volume or three for our own library!

  11. colleen says:

    we have a clare beaton book that my daughter wd pour over while i marvelled at the handiwork. i am interested to see what how she works with the 70’s bed linens as i am drawn to them myself…i have begun to collect them with no real plans…

  12. Sherry says:

    I love your work. its so bright and cheery. what a fun book!

  13. Sian says:

    What beautiful workmanship! I am a children’s librarian and Ms. Beaton’s felt illustrations are a wonderful enhancement to preschool storytime. Thanks for the interview

  14. Melissa Q says:

    These books like amazing. What a wonderful way to introduce children to the beauty of the handmade! I can’t wait to hit the bookstore! great inspiration for hand sewing projects.

  15. Fe says:

    These look fabulous! I’ve not come across any of her books before now, but I’ll certainly be checking them out:-)

  16. shelle says:

    What a great interview, I like how Claire says she likes art from “untrained” artists. I love learning more about people whose work I admire. Thank you!

  17. Valerie says:

    I’ve never seen these books but I will definitely search them out, I know they’re something my children and I would enjoy together!

  18. Chelsea Heights says:

    Ms. Beaton’s work is truly inspiring. I loved my copy of The Real Mother Goose as a child, those illustrations have never been forgotten!!

  19. ellen says:

    Wow, very sweet!

  20. Sharmila says:

    These are fasicanting books. I would love to have one of these for my 16-month old son. He loves books, and this is what he typically does when he wants to read a book, lol: He will come in his wobbly fashion to me, give me the book, and plonk himself next to me. I am then to turn the pages for him, narrating some story per page as we move on. If any page attracts his attention, then he will yank the book towards him with just the page (o my) and then pass on the book to me. I am to tell him stories with each pic / page for him, and he carefully listens to the whole thing. In fact, when i show him the I for Ice cream page, he does just the sound with his tongue – tells me in his own kiddie way that it is yummy. LOL

    Thanks for the chance!

  21. sherry r says:

    Amazing artist- i find them similar to Barbara Reid’s work in fabric vs clay. I will definitely check these out from the library – our kids will love them.

  22. Anusha Subrahmanyam says:

    Must go find some of Ms. Beaton’s books for my little one.
    Reading this interview reminded me of the very first Project I ever did –a quilted book for my baby and embroidered her name on it!

  23. Jennifer says:

    I love the Milly-Molly-Mandy books too! It seems like very few people have heard of them anymore…
    Your work is so lovely!

  24. Sara says:

    what fantastic books! as a writer, i’m a little jealous that i didn’t think of them first… but good on clare beaton. *grin* they look fabulous.

  25. Jane Swanson says:

    Such an inspiring interview. I had not heard of these books or this creative and very talented author before. I sincerely hope I am one of the lucky winners of these amazing books!

  26. Jennifer says:

    wow. she makes it look easy!

  27. Ariane says:

    Those marigolds are so pretty and bright!

  28. Martha says:

    Those books are beautiful!

  29. Kate says:

    My son Xander and I, love her books! Such great illustrations, very inspiring to this want-a-be quilter.

  30. Amy says:

    My grandmother made a quilted book for one of my nieces because she saw a Claire Beaton book and ‘wanted to try that.’ I didn’t know where she got the idea until I saw this interview. How cool.

  31. Emma says:

    These books are amazing! I can’t wait to get some for my little niece and nephew.

  32. sarah says:

    Just fascinating! I would love to see Claire’s fabric stash!

  33. jessica c says:

    So beautiful. I would love to own one of these works of art

  34. indywriter says:

    These are so beautiful! I wish I had more patience for hand-sewing. I’m just gonna have to try harder after seeing all this loveliness!

  35. Rochelle says:

    I wish these books were around when my kids were little! Although this morning, the pictures have motivated my daughter and I to try a little hand-sewing with felt.

  36. gina says:

    Wow! These are amazing!

  37. Jenni says:

    Lovely books. Thanks for highlighting such a find.

  38. Alex says:

    I’ve never come across these books before. They look fabulous!

  39. Shannah says:

    Thank you for introducing me to Ms. Beaton and her fabulous books!

  40. Katie Mitchell says:

    How inspiring! I must get her books!

  41. Julianne says:

    I never heard of these books, but I think my baby girl would love them. She’s only 11 months old, but she’s a real bookworm already!

    I’m so glad you highlighted these books. If I don’t win I’ll go out looking for them.

  42. Stefanie says:

    I couldn’t believe my luck that you interviewed Ms. Beaton! When my daughter was tiny, her favorite animals were pigs, and we would read How Big is a Pig!

  43. Stacy says:

    Those are so beautiful! How inspiring!

  44. Jessica W says:

    Amazing work!

  45. Ramona says:

    What a fun interview. I think a trip to the library is in order to check out these beauties.

  46. kris says:

    Wow, these books are beautiful. I had one book growing up that was nursery rhymes and had fabric pieced illustrations. My mom just pulled it out for my daughter to read. I remember every picture.

  47. andrea says:

    Her work is amazing!

  48. Martina says:

    Great to find out. Very lovely! Thanks for sharing

  49. Liz Fenwick says:

    I loved the interview, and the work is astounding!

  50. Nettie says:

    Thanks for the great interview. Her work is so exquisite. I know a certain Little Miss Almost Two who would love poring over these books.

  51. Erica K says:

    Wow…that’s quite the long day working with your hands! It sounds so peaceful though…

    Thanks for sharing with us!

  52. Shelley says:

    What a great interview. I just love hearing what inspires people to do children’s books. Claire is a very talented lady and i just love the Secret Seahorse book. Great idea for a giveaway. I can oogle away at the sewing and the kids get a great story!!

  53. Deanne says:

    How lovely, the books remind me of my Christmas stocking from when I was a child. I would love to have one not only for my girls to browse and read, but for inspiration as well. It is hard to find good books about felt work.

  54. lina says:

    Oh, what an inspiring interview! Love her works so much. Thank you!

  55. Wendy says:

    Wow great books! I remember reading a book w/ similar type illustrations when I was young, but it was probably a different artist.

  56. Mindy says:

    Very inspiring! I am fascinated!

  57. Darla says:

    I love all things pertaining to children’s literature, so this has been a real treat. I think I’ll dig out some felt and try my hand at a little something…perhaps even with my 8 & 10 year old!

  58. This was a great interview with a great artist. She is such inspiration to start creating!

  59. Beatrix says:

    These are simply beautiful. With twin toddlers and a 7 year old the Secret Seahorse would be the perfect book to have. Thanks for the chance to win.

  60. Doreen B says:

    I love Claire Beaton’s books. I found them at our local library last year and have enjoyed looking at them with my grandkids. I’d love to win one.

  61. Wendy says:

    Wow! Thank you once more for the wonderful interview! I just love all the work she does. 🙂

  62. Amy says:

    What a wonderful interview and such inspiring images! Thank you for introducing me to a talented new (to me) artist.

  63. Cayce says:

    I’ve always loved her book illustrations! What a great interview. Thanks!

  64. Jennifer says:

    What a true gift she has- beautiful, inspiring work!

  65. Anna says:

    wow, I haven’t seen Clare’s work before, but I’d like to have a closer look! My local library seems to have some of her books though they all seem to be on loan (popular!). I might need to reserve them!

    I’d love to win one of the books – officially for my daughter’s collection, but surely she’ll let me borrow it!?!

  66. Denise says:

    OH MY! Her work is wonderful!! Thanks for this new discovery!!

  67. Kaye says:

    I love the Marigolds and Poppies. Ms. Beaton does beautiful work.

  68. Cindy says:

    That’s amazing work! I’ll have to look for the books, I’m sure my girls would love them…

  69. brittany says:

    wow! these are gorgeous! would love one for my little one!

  70. Alissa says:

    This is beautiful! I am a storytime reader at our local library, and love to get my hands on great illustrated books like this! These are incredible!

  71. Misty.Creek says:

    Those poppies are adorable. What creative talent she has.

  72. Debbie says:

    I love how cheerful the colors are.

  73. Mona says:

    These books make me want to put my sewing machine in the closet and switch back to handwork. So beautiful!

    Somehow, I’ve missed seeing these books, but the 3rd new baby to be born to someone near and dear will be getting a book. I’d say the next baby, but I already have 2 baby quilts started for them, and I don’t need anymore WIPs stacked on the shelf! 😉

  74. Lyn says:

    Ms. Beaton seems just as sweet as her books! Thank you for bringing her to us!

  75. PenguitoSmile says:

    I may just have to buy some felt and hand stitch something like this for the little one…

  76. Stephanie says:

    Gorgeous! So inspiring, makes me want to start hand sewing right now!

  77. Kelli says:

    Wow–she has a great job! Her work is absolutely beautiful. Wish I was good enough to get a gig like that!

  78. Kim D. says:

    Beautiful work and so creative.

  79. Debbie says:

    What an interesting interview showcasing such beautiful books. While my fingers are crossed that I am a winner, I will be adding some of these to my collection of children’s books ASAP. (I teach preschool – I have a vast collection of children’s literature – that I continue to add to!)

  80. Melissa Ann says:

    I’ve never even thought of illustrating a book with fabric pictures! What an amazing concept that has an amazing result!

  81. Bonnie says:

    I love barefoot books and these are all beautiful. I feel like the children’s book market has been getting split into two lately, with half of them licensed characters (often without even an illustrator’s name) and then half gorgeously illustrated with paintings, printed work, paper collages, fabric collages, etc. I always try to seek these out–and of course these books fit into the latter half 🙂

  82. Tam Bell says:

    What beautiful books they are sure to be treasured if they make it to this house.

  83. Aimee says:

    She is AMAZING and very inspiring.

  84. Krystina says:

    I am in love with these books! Yet again, you guys at SMS have turned me on to something awesome. Thanks!

  85. Barbara Sindlinger says:

    Her work is impeccable. I guess practice does make perfect. Interesting lady – love to hear how and where people do their creative stuff.

  86. alison c says:

    How lovely. My babies are 4months, 3 and 5 and I’m sure we would all love to sit and read these books together. I love discovering new books with them and haven’t come across these yet.

  87. qsogirl says:

    What beautiful books! I love looking at illustrated children’s books and have a collection of them even though I don’t have children yet! I love Ms. Beaton’s idea for mothers to stitch a picture for their children. I will keep that in mind for the future!!

  88. Sarah says:

    Please enter me! I’d love any of those books – they’re beautiful! 🙂

  89. Sarah Jean says:

    What an amazing job, and a lot of hard work she puts into her books. I know my children would love these books.

  90. Sandy H. says:

    I have two baby showers coming up and would love to be able to gift the new baby with one of these lovely books. They are fascinating!

  91. anja says:

    love the applique. thanks for sharing

  92. Ammie says:

    These illustrations are beautiful. Also, you’ve inspired me to keep building my fabric stash, which is currently small, and especially to include fabrics to re-purpose. Also, many thanks for the chance to win one of these lovely books!

  93. Margie says:

    Wow those books are wonderful. I’ve never heard of Clare Beaton or Barefoot books. I can see they are so very special!

  94. Mary Anna says:

    How gorgeous! Such talent in each stitch!!!

  95. Diane says:

    Can’t help loving the beautiful artwork in these books. And so much fun to share with my littles!

  96. Holly Matsuo says:

    Thanks for your interview with Clare Beaton. It was wonderful hearing about her in her own words. I discovered her, too, through visits to the library with my children. I love her sewn illustrations.

  97. Jennifer says:

    What a talent! Thank you for introducing me to Ms. Beaton!

  98. Sara C says:

    I love these book and have never seem them before. Thanks for the giveaway!

  99. Leah says:

    How wonderful! I’ve never seen her work before but several of these books are headed for our wish list. Thanks for the great interview.

  100. Cecily Davis says:

    We have loved the books found in the library: they are fun and colorful. I am amazed at the detail put into the art.

  101. Kadybug says:

    I love her illustrations, the details, her website. She is so incredibly inspiring!

  102. Devon says:

    I would love to win these books for my daughter who at the age of 2 loves to read with us for hours. The pictures are beautiful.

  103. Gwen says:

    Her work is so fun and beautiful at the same time. I love the flowers.

  104. Ellen Ban says:

    Thanks for introducing us to Clare Beaton and her books.

  105. Megan says:

    Wow! I had never seen those before. I would love to win one for my daughter.

  106. GmaTerri says:

    Such cute pictures! I love that they’re not perfectly aligned and look home-sewn. They seem very homey. Thanks for introducing us to Ms. Beaton. Now I must add her to my granddaughter’s library!

  107. Linda says:

    Cool books! I would love to win. Thank you for the chance!

  108. MaryAnn says:

    Thanks for introducing us to these lovely, colourful children’s books.

  109. Stacy says:

    These are so cute. They really inspire me to create something by hand that is just as fun and colorful for my son.

  110. Nichole says:

    Fascinating! I’ve wondered many of these same questions as I’ve been a fan of her books for years. Thanks for the fun interview!

  111. Jane says:

    Barefoot books are great! We’ve enjoyed reading many of them.

  112. Ananda says:

    Beautiful! I’m not familiar with this author. I’m off to request her books from my local library. Thanks.

  113. Michelle says:

    I can’t wait to go out and look for these. Thanks so much for the introduction.

  114. Ita says:

    Such beautiful work.. inspires me to try myself!

  115. Tina says:

    “One Moose, Twenty Mice” has been one of our favorite books since my boys were babies. My oldest is 7, and it’s still in our bookshelf, when most of the “baby” books have been sent to the basement. I have always loved looking at the beautiful illustrations and wanting to do them myself. Thanks for the wonderful interview!

  116. Emily says:

    These books look so wonderful! I love the colors; I can see how kids and moms alike would just love these books.

  117. becky says:

    Amazing. The artistry is gorgeous. The stories just right. I would love to win one of the books.

  118. Stacy says:

    What a great job she has! I love the marigolds in the mug. The colors are great!

  119. LYNN REID says:

    I just found out on Friday that I am going to be a grandmother
    for the 1st time! I would llove to be able to give this to
    my new grandbaby.
    They look like beautiful inspiring books.


  120. Beth says:

    I just read “Secret Seahorse” to my class of Toddlers earlier this week. I love Ms. Beaton’s work… even her Triamedic ad! Thanks for the great interview.

  121. kriswithmany says:

    Fun illustrations! She does an amazing job.

  122. kelly barbolish says:

    I just absolutely love Clare’s work!! I am an assistant in a Kindergarten classroom and am always looking for beautifully illustrated books for my students. I very much appreciate all the hard and time consuming work involved in creating art.

  123. Amy says:

    I truly love reading about other artists’ work and what they find inspiring. I always come away from it humbled and inspired myself! Thanks for this series!

  124. Megan Kinyon says:

    These are beautiful pieces of sewing! The books look beautiful too. My kids (and I) would love to own one of them. It inspires me to get out my handsewing needles and try my hand at making a picture with fabric!

  125. Cindy says:

    I’m in awe that Ms. Beaton sews from 9:30-7! Beautiful books.:)

  126. amelia says:

    my oh my, how lovely.

  127. Candy S says:

    What a gift! The artwork is amazing. I’ve never seen these books, but with a preschooler, toddler, and one on the way I’d love any of them!

  128. Such cute books. I love Mother Goose Remembers.

  129. Amber says:

    Wow the pictures are beautiful 🙂 and the books look absolutely adorable too 🙂 I’d love to find the mother goose one for my youngest, I think she’d get a kick out of it. Loved the interview and all the wonderful pictures.

  130. Jessica Fuester says:

    I’m a new mama, and new to these books! They look fabulous! What an awesome artist!

  131. Barbara says:

    My daughter received There’s a Cow in the Cabbage Patch as a gift for Christmas. It is amazing! After we finish reading it I usually have to flip back through to study the lovely fabrics and tiny stitches (2 year olds don’t let you linger too long while reading). We would welcome another Clare Beaton book in our library!

  132. Helen says:

    These books are fantastic! Thanks for a great interview and introduction to a completely new (to me) craft!

  133. Casey says:

    The books are absolutely charming, and remind me of the fabric pictures my mother used to make when I was young!

  134. Melanie says:

    How wonderful! This is my first encounter with Clare Beaton (where have I been??) and would love to add her books to my 14-month-old daughter’s library. She loves books and bits of fabric, so these would be perfect! Thank you for introducing me to them!

  135. Michelle says:

    We read “One Moose, Twenty Mice” daily with our eight-month-old — it’s his favorite book, although I suspect that has more to do with the number of pages in it (he’s very proud of his page-turning ability) and less to do with Beaton’s skill with felt (which is why his mama likes it so much!). Thanks so much for this interview. It was a treat to learn more about this fabulous author and her craft.

  136. Laurel says:

    Thanks for the introduction to a delightful illustrator! Inspiring.

  137. Delia Jones says:

    I love the vibrant colors used in Clare Beaton’s books! I am inspired by the way she mixed the old and new too.

  138. Brenda Turner says:

    I love your blog and have recently gotten back into sewing after many years. I would love to win the Deluxe sewing kit!

  139. Susanna says:

    Beautiful! I’ve always loved Beaton’s books.

  140. Katie Bowlby says:

    The books look just lovely. I’d love to win! Thanks for the great interview.

  141. Shogun says:

    This interview was a fun read, thank you for doing it. I think I’d like to see her work space!

  142. Tabitha O. says:

    Great interview I just love her books, I too sit and hold the books close to my face to investigate the stitches and artwork…beautiful!

  143. Bethany says:

    The books look wonderful!

  144. Liz says:

    Thank you for introducing Clare’s amazing work to me! I love it and plan on buying her books to add to our collection!

  145. Helena says:

    Wow, love your creativity and great interview. Can’t wait to go to the bookstore to get a book for the kids. Thanks.

  146. Alice S says:

    Thank you for introducing me to Ms. Beaton. I’ve never seen her books, but her work looks so beautiful. I’m inspired and I didn’t even think that I liked hand sewing.

  147. Julie says:

    Beautiful books. I’ll have to look those up at our library.

  148. Jennifer says:

    These books look beautiful!

  149. Katherine says:

    Oh my gosh, these are GORGEOUS!! My 17 month old daughter would love these. I HOPE I win, but if I don’t…I’ll be buying them!!

  150. Rita says:

    These books look so beautiful and perfect. Thank you for introducing me to Ms. Clare Beaton. I will definitely be looking for these books, for gifts and for my little one on the way.

  151. Kristen says:

    Those books are amazing. And any of those prizes would be awesome. I love hand sewing!!

  152. suzi says:

    These books look wonderful and I am so inspired to go and stitch a cloth book for my little one. How wonderful to be able to have a job she loves doing. Such a talented lady. I had never seen these books I would love to win one.

  153. Sarah says:

    Very inspiring books. Thank you.

  154. Ricki says:

    Very inspirational! I think my 4 yr old would love the seahorse book since we just moved to the ocean 🙂

  155. Emily Malsam says:

    Oh goodness, I have never saw these books! Where have I been?! My two little guys would love it since they like to watch mommy at the “fixing machine” She does mighty beautiful work and I can’t even begin to think of the patiences involved!!! Thank you ladies at Sew, Mama, Sew for introducing me to Ms. Beaton!

  156. Andi says:

    Simply amazing! I love how the vintage textiles are incorporated too.

  157. Amy says:

    I’ve long admired Clare Beaton’s books. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful interview!

  158. Tori says:

    These are beautiful! I have toyed around lately with the idea of sewing some books for my daughter. I have worked with felt before and it is so relaxing to handsew with it.

  159. Ellie says:

    This is so awesome! I’m am daily amazed by all the wonderfully creative and talented people out there!

  160. Amy Sp says:

    Great interview and pics. Thanks!

  161. Noelle says:

    Thanks for these great give-away opportunities! I’d love to win. 🙂

  162. Whistlepea says:

    These are so beautiful.

  163. I do hand quilting and hand applique so I can appreciate the work that goes into these books. I love all of the bright colors!

  164. habetrot says:

    Barefoot books are our favorite! I would love to add a new one to our collection.

  165. Coralee says:

    what amazing work!

  166. Chelsye Garrett says:

    Absolutely beautiful! And inspiring!! I’m thinking of all the lovely things I’d like to make in the same style. Thank you for the interview.

  167. Mrs. Pear says:

    These are gorgeous! There is something very special about hand stitched!

    Thank you for this excellent interview and gorgeous pictures!

  168. Linnea says:

    Wow, I must admit…I’d never heard of the lovely Ms Beaton or her wonderful books! I am excited to have discovered her now and can’t wait to add some of her books to my collection.

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