Love is in the air …

That’s right, Valentine’s day is upon us! Whilst the idea of Valentine’s day is nice enough, needless to say it gets a little forgotten in the post-New Year madness and more often than not most of seem to find ourselves in a very anxious looking corner-shop queue clutching a sickeningly cutesy card and a box of Milk Tray.

Whilst it may be too late for some of you, we thought it might be nice to look at some of the more unusual Valentine’s Day cards and gifts out there (just in case you remember next year), as well as some decidedly anti-Valentines ones!

“Romance” by Strange Paul

“I Think You’re Grate” card by The Kneppraths

Glass heart by Lyana Glass Design

“Happy Singles Awareness Day” card by Julie Ann Art

“Sorry for my drunk text” tote bag by Mardy Mabel

David Bowie valentine’s card by Your Mum Rang

Hope everyone has a lovely Valentine’s day and manages to avoid the DREADFUL (and decidedly unromantic) weather.


Spinning & Dyeing Yarn corrections

We’ve recently been alerted by the author of Spinning & Dyeing Yarn that there are some practitioners that need to be credited for their hard work and valuable contributions. We are very sorry that these were omitted in the initial print run and please be assured these will be corrected for any future reprints of the book.

A full list of corrections is featured below:

page 24: text contributed by Tina Watson
page 36: captions should read “roving by Elizabeth Stottlemeyer”, “batt by Robyn Story”, and “dyed top by Rachel Kluesner”
page 50: text contributed by Beth Lower
page 70: text contributed by Sayra Adams
page 72: text contributed by Sayra Adams
page 74: text contributed by Esther Rodgers
page 87: captions should read “Allison Jai O’Dell” and “Handspun wool locks by Robyn Story”
page 88: caption should read “lightweight top whorl drop spindle for spinning laceweight yarns handpainted by Lizette Hopkins”
page 99: final large spindle photo credited to Heavenly Handspinning
page 116: caption should read “Allison Jai O’Dell”
page 135: caption should read “Handspun feather yarn by Shannon Herrick of Spun Monkey.”
page 136: text contributed by Melissa Nasby
page 150: text contributed by Melissa Yoder Ricks
page 152: text contributed by Heather Lightbody
page 169: caption should read “handspun yarn by Amy Higgins Stambaugh”

In the contributors directory:
Kimberly Narach O’Donovan should be “Kimberly Navach-O’Donovan”
Kelly Argue should be “Kelly Agrue”

Author, Ashley Martineau, has also featured a personal message to any contributors who were accidentally omitted on her website, which can be found here.


New books out in 2014

Today as the wind and rain lashes against our little seaside office, we’re all hunkered down, dodging leaks, frowning into our soups, and thinking wistfully of that gorgeous sunshine we had just a few short months ago. Oh, the glory days of Summer 2013; lunches in the park, ice cream every other day, barely noticing the reams of manuscripts, contact prints, proofs, photoshoots, galleys, revised proofs… What a difference the weather can make.

I guess it’s somewhat fitting that today’s post lists some of those books we were working on all through said glory days:

Hair Style Directory (UK title) /Braids, Buns, and Twists (US title)

Actually, I wish we’d blogged about this book a bit earlier as it’s been out in the US for a while now, causing a very reassuring stir! The beautiful Christina Butcher of Hair Romance put together this spectacular collection of over 80 hair styles, complete with step-by-step instructions, gorgeous inspirational photos, and styling advice. Published by Chronicle Books in North America and Apple Press in the UK.

Cover for Chronicle’s US edition


Cover for Apple’s UK edition



Crochet From Start to Finish (UK title)/Calamity Free Crochet (US title)/ Stress Free Crochet (ANZ title)

If you follow Crafty Expat on Twitter, you’ll know that Catherine Hirst gets up to all sorts of yarn related adventures and last year, we were thrilled that she could be part of one of ours. This  crochet handbook is a great little troubleshooting guide helping you learn to set up all your projects to get them right the first time! Published by Harper Collins in North America, the lovely folk at Search Press here in the UK, and Sally Milner in Australia.

Cover for Harper Collins’ US edition

Cover for Search Press’ UK edition

Cover for Sally Milner’s edition for Australia and New Zealand

Mend and Make Fabulous

And finally, Denise Wild of The Sewing Studio and BurdaStyle teamed up with us to make this practical must-have for any fashionista! Not only does it show you how to mend rips and make essential alterations, it gives you a host of techniques for “glamming” up your clothes, whether that tired little item at the back of your wardrobe or that vintage find that might have lost its lustre! Full of easy-to-follow instructions as well as stunning examples from all the other sewing mavens out there who are turning drab into fab! Published by Interweave in the North America and Search Press in the UK.

Cover for Interweave’s US edition

Cover for Search Press’ UK edition

And that’s it from us on this grey and stormy day, I hope you like these new books. Though they might not bring you the same memories of a balmy summer, I’m sure they’ll do a little bit to brighten up your day!

Publishing Intern

RotoVision is a small, but very busy publishing house specialising in illustrated non-fiction books for professionals, students, and enthusiastic amateurs in all areas of the visual arts, providing inspiration and instruction in the fields of design, illustration, fashion, and photography.

We are looking for a creative and enthusiastic intern to join us for 2 days a week for a 12 week period.

In addition to supporting the editorial team, the internship will largely involve liaising with numerous contributors to collate and prepare images for publication. You will be highly organised, with excellent communication skills, and a strong visual aesthetic. Familiarity or an interest in photography is a bonus.

IT literacy and a familiarity with Apple Mac computers is preferable.

This is a paid position.

Apply via email to with “Publishing Intern” in the subject line.

EDIT: 10 FEB 2014: This position has now been filled

Feeling festive – our favourite Christmas cards

With Christmas approaching fast, (worryingly fast for those of us still yet to start our shopping!) we thought it was high time to start spreading a bit of Christmas cheer. And what better way to do that than sending out some lovely Christmas cards to your nearest and dearest? Here’s a round-up of some of our favourites this year:

Happy Christmas Tree by Brighton-based Angela Chick

Chris Mouse by Mister Peebles

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by The Vulpeculiar

Lino printed cards by Bee Design

Fruit cake is gross by Julie Ann Art