Queen’s album, A Day at the Races, was released following their hugely successful, A Night at the Opera. Both of those albums featured slightly different crests designed by the band, one on a black background and one on white. I had been debating which one to create first. However, a commission solved the dilemma for me and the work on A Day at the races was begun. I started by creating a wallpaper background that consisted of geometric lines and crowns. I stitched the crowns in tonal black yarn to created a tufted raised effect. I then stitched the elaborate crest, which consists of lions, fairies, a crab and a phoenix as a patch. The crest alone has over 75,000 hand placed stitches in it. The crest and typography were collaged onto the album last.