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Meet the Author

Hey there, can you introduce yourself?

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Hello! We are Amy Phipps and Claire Culley and we founded and run Super+Super in Brighton. Our aim is to bring creative and crafty skills and goodness to all!

Tell us a bit about the book?

Our newly released book 'Embroidery' is jam packed with a fun mix of projects from very simple outfit updates like our Festival chic shorts, to intermediate level homeware projects like our cross stitch chair or wren coin purse. There really is something for everyone from beginners just getting into stitching to the more confident embroiderer looking for fresh ides to get stuck into!

What was the inspiration behind it?

We wanted to fill our books with projects that inspired us that we knew we wanted in our home and studio! Fun and functional things that we knew those making would feel proud to display in their favourite space once completed as a sign of their achievement! Or that would make really thoughtful gifts to give to the people we love!

Which is your favourite project?

Amy's is the cat door stop and Claire's the cactus sampler!

What is your craft space like?

Eep! This really depends how busy we are... we try and keep as organised as possible but piles of fabric and threads can easily get a little messy! Our spaces are white and bright with lots of retro storage jars and boxes of craft materials. Amy hates getting rid of the scraps so there seems to be little colourful boxes of these dotted around. We love collecting fun prints and making banners so there are always nice DIY things on our walls! We are also avid yet novice gardeners and love being surrounded by house plants and those that clean the air... It makes our work spaces feel like we are doing craft in a garden!

Have you always been creative?

Yes we both grew up with craft and then studied creative subjects at University... Claire fashion photography and Amy Knitwear for fashion.

When did you first start crafting?

Probably with our Nan's when we were verey small. I should imagine dolls clothes were how we started as they were small and manageable and we could use up scraps from the fabric box.

Who are your crafty heroes?

We love Shauna Richardson, The craftivists and our amazing friend MessyLa! We also get inspiration from Martha Stewart and our Huge stack of retro Golden Hands Magazines from the 60's/70's. There are always new and exciting new people poping up ans we have so much to learn!

Where do you find inspiration?

Everywhere! It usually pops up when you'd least expect it... thats why we always carry a notebook around. We really like vintage and retro things but also spend a lot of time making in our studio so experimenting with fabrics and colours is always a winner!

What's next for you?

We host craft parties and workshop in a host of amazing venues in Brighton so this Summer we will continue with those. We also have our 3rd and 4th books coming out!!!!! SO excited about this. In fact its still a secret. We will be running several competitions on our social media so keep an eye out there too.

Publisher's Description

What could be better than getting together with friends and getting creative? If you fancy stitching up some beautiful embroidery decorations on anything from napkins to chairs to wall hangings then this book is for you.  With 20 projects to get your creative teeth into, this quirky, step-by-step guide to embroidery is full of fun.

Suitable for all levels of ability and featuring 20 fun and gorgeous projects.  The full technique section explains the basic skills needed and includes clear and stylish photographs to guide you through.