My first book

And it`s finally finished – my first book. I received it just yesterday. After working on it for the last year and a half it felt so good to hold it in my hands!

The book was ordered by one of the most popular local publishers. I had the chance to work with professional and very friendly people. For me it was a dream come true to work with a photographer Annika Metsla. She is one of the most famous wedding and portrait photographers here in Estonia.

The book is available in my native language Estonian. I wish it would be in English too, but the publisher doesn`t work abroad. However, I got my first experience on writing a book and it`s worth a lot. Perhaps when the right time comes I will get the chance to publish a book in English too.

The title “Võluväega mänguasjad” means “Magical toys”. I believe that toys made by moms for they kids really got something special in it. I know this because I see how my own kids care about the toys I`ve made for them.

The book consists of 20 patterns. Mostly the ones written between 2010 and 2013. I made some translations of the patterns that were only available in English and added a couple of new ones. I will create a gallery of the book contents quite soon.

18 thoughts on “My first book

  1. Theresa says:

    I saw that this book is set to come out in English in June 2016!!! Do you have a list of patterns that are included in the book?


    • lilleliis says:

      Hi! Yes, it`s true! :) Such a wonderful news.
      You will find the gallery when scrolling down this page. However, the English version will be a slightly reduced one so a few patterns will be missing.

  2. Judith Adshead says:

    Thanks so much for generously publishing your patterns free-they are beautiful.I hope one day your book will be published in English

  3. Maggie Burnett says:

    Wow, your book looks so neat! I sure hope you publish it in English sometime!!
    I love your work, and I’m hoping to buy some of your patterns soon!
    I’m working on bear for my soon-to-be niece or nephew.
    I have some questions if you can answer them. How do you apply your fabric pieces to your toys? Do you stitch around the fabric, then glue it on? I can’t find any tutorials online. My head and body have a “seam” running through it where I slip-stitched at the beginning of each round. How do I avoid that?
    Do you think it’s okay to use buttons on mine, since I’m giving it as a baby present? Have a great day!

    • lilleliis says:

      I do nothing special when sewing the fabric on. I use no glue. I simply sew the fabric patch over the edge.
      Do not make any slip stitches in the end of the rounds. Work spirally, then you won`t have any seams.
      Adding embellishments to a toy is completely up to you. You should consider that small parts are dangerous for babies. It`s always better to tie a ribbon around the toys neck and fasten it with some stitches so they couldn`t tear it off.

      • Maggie Burnett says:

        Thanks so much for your help! One more question. Are you planning to put more of your recent patterns up for sale? Like your recent spring bunny, and your new elephant key-chains?

        • lilleliis says:

          It might happen, but not soon! Preparing the patterns is quite a time consuming project. The next one will be a teddy bear asked for hundreds of times :)

  4. Maggie Burnett says:

    Wow, That is so neat! I really hope you publish your book in English sometime! I really like your work! I’m crocheting a bear for my “soon-to-be” niece or nephew. =) Quick question.. if you can answer it..How do you attach your fabric to your stuff? Do you stitch around it, and then glue it on? I can’t find any tutorials online. Blessings!

  5. Idas kreativa says:

    Congratulations on your book, must feel amazing! I really love you pattern, would defenitly buy the book if it were on english, maybe some other book publisher are interested in publishing it on eng? :)
    Check out my blog if you want to see my amigurumi bunny that I crochet after your wonderful pattern :)

  6. Christin says:

    Wow your own book!!! Very good. Are there new pattern inside which ypu did not puplished here?

  7. Emma Lyons says:

    Wow congratulations! What an amazing achievement. When is the book available? I’d still get it and just use google translate!!!

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