'The Story Of The Circle Curtain' by Bunny Kidd breaks new ground in fabric design.

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'The Story of the Circle Curtain' is a unique craft book, which brings a fictional novella to life and gives the specific how-to techniques for making these whimsical and unusual curtains. A booksigning will take place July 30th at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at David-Kidd Booksellers, Memphis TN.

A booksigning for Bunny Kiddwill's "The Story Of The Circle Curtain" will take place July 30th at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at David-Kidd Booksellers, Memphis TN.

Bunny Kidd creates her fictional heroine, Lydia, to represent the all-consuming nature of crafts and sewing, compelling activities that can absorb the seamstress or crafter so completely, that one is tempted to call the desire to create an obsession. All those who create -- artists, musicians, metallurgists, printers, bakers, writers, crafters, seamstresses, sculptors and designers -- understand the drive their form of expression demands.

The Story of the Circle Curtain is a unique expression of the creative drive, which provides the reader the tools to join in the fun of making these decorative wall, window and door hangings.

Publisher: When did you start making circle curtains and what inspired you?

Bunny Kidd: November, 2004, my husband bought a used industrial sewing machine for me. I was trying to make a curtain composed of diamond shapes sewn together He came home from work and saw what I was doing. I wanted to create a curtain with openings in it so that I could hang prisms in the openings to cast rainbows in the dining room. Terry said, why not just make circles and sew them together. He showed me the effect by cutting a few large circles. I hugged him and said, "Yes! That's it." By the end of the next day when he came home, I had spent the entire day cutting circles from the fabric that I had compiled from working at Broom Corn Fabrics. I love working at Broom Corn Fabrics because I love fabric. However, I also love small things that speak to me, if you will. I may be attracted to a certain hat, a button, or a beautiful man's tie. The circle curtains offered a way to combine various items that did not have to make sense to anyone but myself."

Publisher: How did you come up with the story for the book?

Bunny Kidd: I had not planned on writing fiction. However, working at a fabric store has exposed me to so many people who love fabric. I would come home and really be moved by the events of the day at Broom Corn. For instance, I was showing a beautiful red silk to a man and his female companion. He said he simply must have two yards of the red silk. I began to get curious and wanted to know why and who he was without being too forward. So, I asked him, "Are you a designer?" "No, he responded! I am a priest! This is my sister and I am here in Memphis visiting her. I am a priest in a small parish in Pennsylvania. Actually, I am using my Christmas money gift that the parishioners gave me to buy this fabric. It is so beautiful. It reminds me of fabric that I saw in (then he named a cathedral in Rome or Europe.) I can't remember which castle. But he was so very moved by the fabric.

Fabric is all around us. It is ultimately a reflection of our values, and our culture. It is important to all cultures. Stories of people and their love of fabric are compelling to me because ultimately the fabric stories reveal more about the people themselves. Again, I kept talking about fabric stories, and it occurred to me that people, women, and some men, all over the world must have fabric under their beds. I decided to write a few stories here and there. None of them were joined. But they became joined just like the circles are joined without having to match.

Book signing date: July 30, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 387 Perkins Road Extended, Memphis TN 38117 Phone (901) 683-2032

"The Story Of The Circle Curtain," $24.95US, ISBN 0-9761289-3-4 and online at http://www.nightengalepress.com, on http://www.amazon.com

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