Emma Brown, an expert in crochet, created the Shady Bay Buddies when her daughters were younger. They spent many happy times making up stories of animals who lived together on a far-away island called Shady Bay. Having always enjoyed crocheting, she began thinking up designs for the characters and writing her own patterns.
Some of the Shady Bay Buddies can be found in Emma's book Crocheted Bears and Other Animals, also published by CICO Books. Emma lives in Dorset with her husband and three children.