I have been itching to tell you all about this for so long, and with precisely one month to go until my book launches I am finally allowed to show you the cover!
Of course I am somewhat biased, but I really do think it is one of the loveliest book covers I have ever seen. When we were talking in the early stages about how I wanted the book to look, I said that I would love an illustrated cover and in my dreams it would be something a bit like the artwork that my favourite artist/illustrator Julianna Swaney does (she's the same lady that designed my new logo a few months ago)... well my publishers only blinking well managed to get her on board to do the whole thing didn't they? I was so excited when I found out. She has really outdone herself and created something even better than I could have imagined. The beautiful paper cover wraps right around the book with a cut-out for Mr Fox, and it just looks incredible. I can say that without blushing because I didn't paint it!
As for what's inside... the book is called Storyland Cross Stitch and is a collection of projects and stories set in a wild sort of a fairyland. There are patterns big and small; things for beginners and seasoned stitchers alike, and a lovely little miniature kit in the back so that you can start stitching something right away.
I hope to be able to show you more as we inch closer to 4th July when it launches, but if you hop over to the LoveCrafts blog in the meantime, you can see a sneaky peek of one project behind the scenes at the photoshoot. LoveCrafts is the website run by my publisher Collins & Brown, so it's also the place to keep your eyes peeled for more news on the book as they will have exclusive images/competitions/interviews/offers etc. before anybody else.
T minus one month and counting!