On Friday 28th May my book 'Stitched Textiles: Animals', published by Search Press came out into the world.
It has taken the best part of two years in the making and so this felt very surreal indeed!
Working with the amazing team at Search Press has been a wonderful experience and I can't thank them enough for their hard work.
It was so interesting to see how a book is made and just how much love, care, work and countless emails it takes to transform an idea into a tangible object that you can flick through and read!
(I would also like to take this opportunity to apologise to my poor editor for the endless questions I asked, you are the most patient person I have ever met!)
I thought that I would show you some of the 'behind the scenes' photos that I took on my phone as I made the artwork and embroideries for the book as I wanted to keep a record of how it evolved (I also used them as reference images for when I wrote about the techniques and processes I had used for the work.)
As well as machine embroidery you will find collage, printing, drawing and some of my stories.
I'd also like to thank everyone for their lovely supportive messages over on my socials - I felt very nervous on Friday and the response has just been so lovely.
In fact, I felt so happy after reading your messages that I treated myself to a mini bottle of pink champagne, which we sipped while having pizza for tea!
(Secret confession: as I am not one for fancy pants jewels or designer handbags I also treated myself to a vintage Beastie Boys t-shirt ... that's not too naughty is it?!?)