Oh, my gosh! So much book news to report!

First, The NEW Joy of Hooking With Yarn! was released last week. It's the second edition of Joy of Hooking (With Yarn!), but it's chock full of new projects, instruction, and resources. Deana David of Ribbon Candy Rug Hooking got a first look at it, and praised it on her YouTube channel:

My favorite of her books. I think it’s the best rug hooking book so far. Even if you own the first edition of this book (Joy of Hooking With Yarn), this is well worth checking out. If you’re getting one book this year, get this one.

I recommend this book so highly. A full 10, without a doubt. Absolutely nothing missing or lacking. As a beginner book, it’s ideal, and for people who have been hooking for a long time, it is an amazingly inspiring book that covers all the bases.

Thanks, Deana!


So, that happened...

Then Chanticleer Reviews gave The Boy Who Wrote Poetry a 5-Star review!

The Boy Who Wrote Poetry is a heartwarming and inspirational work about Mark Ford, a promising young poet and writer who died a tragic and premature death at the age of eighteen. This collection is the poetry he left behind. Judy Taylor, Mark’s sister and the author of the book, tells the story of her brother’s short life and their family, the circumstances in which he grew up, and how he began to express his creativity at a very young age. The examples of Mark’s poetry and general writings that the author presents are remarkable and moving. Considering the tender age at which Mark wrote the poetry, the sophistication and insight revealed in the work are astonishing. Read more

This book also won Bronze at the eLit Book Awards.

But wait, there's more!


Breaking the Boundaries, The Rug Hooking Artistry of Sharon Johnston was a finalist at the Chantilcleer Book Awards, and a Gold winner at the eLit Book Awards!


One more small book announcement: I needed to design a new cover for Rug Hooker's Guide to the YARNIVERSE! so it will match its companion book, the NEW Joy of Hooking With Yarn, so I'm selling the ones with the old covers for $17 each, while supplies last. 

So, what's in Yarniverse? Tons of things that wouldn't go in a beginner basic book: multiple easy dyeing techniques to create all sorts of effects (so the yarn does all the work, all you have to do is hook!), how to hook portraits and realistic designs, the beauties of hooking with natural colors, tips on getting fine detail into your rugs, etc. If you're looking for a book that goes beyond the basics, this is a good 'un.

Woo hoo!


I'm going to have a booth at the King County Fair in Enumclaw, WA July 14-17, and I have a few rug hooking classes coming up in the next couple of months. For more info on my schedule, click here!

Well, I guess that's all for now. Happy Hooking Everyone!

Judy Taylor

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