Professionally speaking, it all started with this book. When I was pitching it to publishing companies I nicknamed it Manga In Stitches, because whenever I described the concept, editors burst out laughing (or, for those unversed in British slang, were ‘in stitches’.) At last I met an editor who took the idea seriously. (Thank you, brave, daft, brilliant Tim Pilcher.) The book came out, and stitchers all over the world embraced the Manga Cross-Stitch concept.
I was having so much fun with the book and the workshops that I wanted to go on making charts from Steve’s art and my own, so SMK (Stitches by McCarthy & Kyte) has been beavering away on new charts, some of which may see the light of day soon.