The Author

The Author
Brian Haggard

My Dyslexia

Having the skill to write, spell, and punctuate has never been my strong suit. Growing up as a young child I was always nurtured to be creative and artistic which came naturally to me but I could never quite grasp written language. I now know that it's a learning disabilty with a name: DYSLEXIA.

I write from the heart and I make my best effort to get the words on the page properly but as you'll see I don't always succeed. I ask you to enjoy what I write and post but to be understanding and kind. Brian

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

I'm back! And brought a new book with me!

The Crazy Haberdasher's Inspiring Life
Stories Told Through Embroidery
by Quiltmania

What can I say other than life gets in the way?  We have finally moved into our new place, we are set up, and I am working again!  And, in the pages of this brand new book you can see the results!

An opportunity came to me two years ago from a wonderful company known as Quiltmania.  They first photographed the studio for an issue of their magazine which was distributed worldwide.  Because of the interest in that article, they proposed publishing an inspirational book.

The first half of the book is the story of my development as an artist and my life's work--from a young age until current day.  It's a full color book showing the life and times of a Crazy Haberdasher otherwise known as Brian Haggard.

Inside the pages you'll see the daily life of an artist living in a warehouse space, i.e. polebarns with concrete floors--but they've never looked so good!  The studio space is Shabby Chic on natural concrete floors featuring "many items of curiosity."  The monochromatic cream colored guest room highlights a crazy quilt collection which is the only color introduced into the space.  The adjacent private quarters is classic Rococo with a twist of eclectic style.  The decor is a amalgamation of all of my loves:  interior design, florals and needle arts.  Living in this unconventional way is very natural to my partner and I.

The remainder of the book features 29 previously unpublished works featuring many techniques including piecing, quilting, english paper piecing, felt applique, unique embroidery styles, photo imaging and a variety of antiquities applied in a variety of ways.  There are quilts, totes, pincushions, wall pockets, shadow boxes.  There are also three projects:  The Heartfelt Etui, Make-do Pincushion and Pat's Big Heart.  Finally, there is a glossary of 13 embroidery stitches. 

If you are interested in a signed copy click the image below to go to my online store. 

Each page is artfully designed with French and English text, easy for the reader to enjoy!