fashion guru Gok Wan has beamed the name of a Hartlepool designer to a million-and-a-half of his fans around the world after she made him a cushion with his dog on it.
Talented Diane Watson sent telly star Gok one of her hand-made cushions depicting his French Bulldog, Dolly Albertine Dishcloth.
And the stylist, 38, loved her handiwork so much that he went on social networking site Twitter – where he has over a million-and-a-half followers around the globe – and told them about it.
Today Diane, who started off making the occasional dog cushion for family and friends two years ago before it snowballed into a business called Naughty Dog, told the Mail she was shocked and delighted at Gok’s endorsement.
The mum-of-three, 44, a textiles lecturer at Cleveland College of Art and Design, said: “It’s quite funny to see your work on there, to be honest.
“It all came about after I took part in an exhibition in Manchester and I met some women there with a firm called What I Always Wanted.
“It’s an online shop and they are doing some publicity for me and they asked me to make a cushion with Gok’s dog on it.
“They got in touch with Gok’s ‘people’ and sent him the cushion and he tweeted about it.
“It’s really good publicity for me. It means lots of people get to see what I’ve done.
“I’ve been really busy since then.”
On the back of Gok’s satisfaction with Diane’s cushion she has now just finished one for broadcaster and comedian Paul O’Grady with a picture of his Shih-tzu dog on it.
Diane, who lives with Jonny Ward, 41, and children Joe Watson, 17, Megan Watson, 15, and Charlotte Ward, three, in Church Street, Seaton Carew, said she is also thinking of making one to send to dog-mad chat show host Jonathan Ross.
She said: “I do enjoy making them.”
Diane’s cushions can be viewed at www.whatialwayswanted.com.