[HNW] Flowers of the Needle

Carol Thomas scbooks at mindspring.com
Mon Oct 8 13:42:09 PDT 2007

Please consider doing it as a CD as well, so people can print their 
own favorite pages.  It would be a lot cheaper than photocopying.


At 04:26 PM 10/8/2007, you wrote:
>Dear Listers:
>After much consideration, and with the advice of some of you, off list, I
>have made a decision.
>I am going to make a limited run available of "Flowers of the Needle". Mind,
>you, this will be a "No Frills" edition. Simple photocoping, and I will
>provide card stock front cover and back -- but no binding. This way, you can
>3-hole punch it or have it spiral bound. This will keep costs down.
>This Limited Edition is also an Amended Edition. I will be eliminating 15
>pages from the original 195. Included in the elemination are:
>1. translations done by Mistress Elspeth of Morven (a.k.Dr. Elizabeth Cain).
>The translations are her intellectual property, copyrighted to her.
>2. The intro, also by Elspeth
>3. All pages of original text and the poem (which is repeated). I wish I
>could say that the text was more useful -- it simply did not provide the
>information Elspeth and I had hoped for. She didn't translate the Italian
>phrases of various forms of needlework, like "punto en crochetto."
>The poem was a paen to the virtues of Roman woman like the fabled Lucrece,
>who was discovered teaching needlework to her daughters. In fact, most of
>the prose is gushingly forsoothly.
>The current estimate, given me by Staples,  for 180 pp back to back is
>roughly $15.00. I'm going to see if I can find some other options, because I
>hate to charge that much.  The photocopying will produce a reasonable
>product--but it won't be as gorgeous as something more professionally
>produced. I include this as  warning, so no one is disappointed.
>I doubt this will all happen before New Years's. I will be borrowing some
>equipment to help rescue the data on that Iomega Zip Disk. Not "only" does
>this disk contain my *only* electronic copy of the 1597 Sibmacher, it also
>holds something special. I scanned and cleaned up the first 25 pp of
>"Flowers of the Needle" in 1998. This was "Before House". In 1999 the 1597
>Sibmacher suddenly happened and I got distracted. I never took notes on
>exactly what I used to clean up these pages, worst luck. The originals are
>also 8 years older -- which doesn't help the situation.
>I'm not having much luck scanning the original paste up dummy of "Flowers".
>On some pages the ink is literally fading from the original (library)
>photocopy, which was heavy on gray tone. Photocopying may be the only
>feasible way to originate a new dummy for copying. I'm still experimenting.
>Lady X ( you know who you are!) has been enthusastically trying to convince
>me (off list) to reissue this book as a proper publication. While I am
>thrilled by her enthusiasm for the project, I just can't handle it at this
>point of my life. She has made a good point, however. It is a very wise idea
>to somehow transfer my original into an electronic medium of some sort for
>future storage. When I meet with a friend over New Year's (with many yeasr
>experience in graphics) I'm hoping to find some way to achieve this.
>Meanwhile, Lady X, thank you so much for your offers of help and advice!!
>When this Limited Edition of "Flowers of the Needle" is ready to print, I'll
>make up a set of 20 cc, then announce it here. There may be a Feeding Frenzy
>at first, but I don't anticipate that lasting long. I will most likely make
>it available for a year or two, then retire it for a while. I do have two
>other books I'm working on! Perhaps w hen the othere two books are done I
>can revisit the idea of getting "Flowers" stored electronically. I have also
>contemplated handing it on to Someone Else, who can then clean it up and
>publish. it.
>Meanwhile, thanks so much for all the enthusiasm and support that floats
>around this list. You guys are awesome!
>SCA: Kathryn Goodwyn
>"too many centuries...too little time"
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