After several years of teaching, Val had become sufficiently well known to be asked by Batsford to write Gardens in Embroidery as her summer courses based on Hidcote Gardens were particularly popular. The book was selected as Book of the Month by the Craft book club.
Her second book followed closely, and The Machine Embroiderer’s Workbook and saw five editions. She was asked again by Batsford in 2002 (after a gap for children!) and due to the popularity of the workbook, to write The Encyclopedia of Machine Embroidery, which was published in November 2003. She has written a machine embroidery course for Stitch magazine, and also writes for other English and French magazines. “Broderie machine – le piqué libre” was published in french in November 2005.
Creative Recycling in Embroidery was published by Batsford (Anova) in 2006. A new book, Textile Art Textile 1, has had a spring release in the UK and in France in 2010.
Collage, Stitch, Print, Collagraph printing for Textile Artists and its American version Print with Collage and Stitch were published in 2012
The lastest book is Experimental Corsets also published with Batsford in 2016