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 that had compromised her chance of ever leading a "normal" life (immunizations, a healthy respect for authority, etc.), 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: And Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY ($24.95), is a collection of those stories, plus others that show Ross's eventual route to success as an artist, entrepreneur, and mother. This work is also animated by Ross's delightful illustrations and how-to instructions.
Heather Ross is an illustrator, author, and textile designer with a large following in the crafts and sewing markets. Her textile designs are among the most recognizable in the retail fabric market and are a favorite among home sewers of clothing, accessories, and decor for children. She is the author of Weekend Sewing, a best-selling how-to sewing book, Heather Ross Prints, and is the illustrator of the Crafty Chloe picture book series, as well as numerous chapter book titles. She teaches sewing and crafts to women and girls of all ages through her popular sewing retreats and online. Heather's client list includes a wide range of product lines and companies, including high end home decor and fashion fabrics for Kokka of Japan, paper goods for Chronicle Books, and original artwork for Polar Bears International, for whom she acts as artistic ambassador.