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How to Catch a Frog

And Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY

Heather Ross


List Price: 24.95*
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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.

Praise For How to Catch a Frog: And Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY

“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

STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book, 9781617690983, 240pp.

Publication Date: May 20, 2014

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.