How to Catch a Frog: And Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY (Hardcover)

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This book gives a great insight into the creative life of Heather Ross, renowned textile artist, and how she came to that life. It contains wonderful stories about her childhood, living among an eccentric family of artists in rural Vermont. On asking her Mother why she couldn’t live a more normal life, her Mother told her “Well, you should thank me, because you have a lot of good stories instead.” And boy, does she! I was totally smitten with this magical memoir! — Becky Doherty


Much of Heather Ross’s creative work has been inspired by her being born into an eccentric family of artists and idealists in a rural corner of Vermont during the 1970s. According to Heather, that environment was defined by stunning natural beauty, creative and innovative living, and daily lessons in self-reliance. It also included equal parts of general dysfunction, a self-imposed but nearly inescapable poverty, and little exposure to basic life skills.

When, as a twenty-something, Heather complained to her mother about a long list of things she had missed out on and that had compromised her chance of ever leading a “normal” life (immunizations, a healthy respect for authority), her mother waved a hand and replied, “Well, you should thank me, because you have a lot of good stories instead.” How to Catch a Frog is a collection of those stories, plus others that show Ross's eventual route to success as an artist, entrepreneur, and mother, all animated by Ross’s delightful illustrations and how-to instructions.

About the Author

Heather Ross is the author of the STC Craft titles Weekend Sewing and Heather Ross Prints, a fabric designer, and an illustrator of children’s books. She lives in New York City and the Catskills.

Praise For…

“Did we mention that the book is full of DIYs, awesome stories, and Heather’s own illustrations? You want it.”

— Creativebug Blog

“A powerful collection of stories.”

— Thread Cult

“It's a little bit DIY and a whole lot of autobiographical goodness.”

— Portland Modern Quilt Guild

“In the end, it’s clear that Ross learned to be self-reliant and that creating useful, handmade objects became a way of life for her.”

— BookTrib

“A very honest coming-of-age tale . . . the book reminded me of the powerful memoir Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and if you loved that book, this one will rock your world as well.”

— Meg Cox, quilt journalist, author, and instructor

Product Details
ISBN: 9781617690983
ISBN-10: 1617690988
Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book
Publication Date: May 20th, 2014
Pages: 240
Language: English
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