Goodbye the red thread blog and hello We Are Scout!

the red thread Lisa Tilse - new blog We Are Scout with Rebecca Lowrey Boyd of Wee Birdy

Hello lovely readers,

I’m so very excited to tell you that there are changes afoot. New and wonderful changes! If you follow me on social media you may already have heard my news… I am teaming up with lovely Rebecca Lowrey Boyd of Wee Birdy fame to create a sparkling new blog called We Are Scout. And we’re launching on Monday 02 March. That’s this Monday!

In the meantime you can follow us on Facebook and sign up to our newsletter. I’ve also joined Rebecca on Pinterest, where she has a staggering 233,400 followers. Just as I suspected I’ve been sucked into the rabbit hole of pinning!

We Are Scout is going to be everything that you’ve come to expect from the red thread only more. I hope you will follow me on my new adventure – I promise you’ll love it.

We Are Scout will bring you all the best bits of two well known blogs, and it will be curated and created by Rebecca and I – that means more frequent posts, more original content, and much more to love.

I’ll be able to return to creating a contemporary craft tutorial a week, as well as continuing to feature creatives in the Space to Create series, and of course I’ll be sharing all the things that I’ve scouted. There’ll be everything that you’ve come to expect to see here: design news, trends and updates, craft, art and interiors. Rebecca will be out and about seeking the best new happenings in design, craft, interiors, fashion and beauty. We’ll have shop reviews and Secret City guides too.

I’m thrilled to be working with Rebecca and to have a partner in crime after so many years working on my own. Collaboration has been on my mind for so long, and Rebecca and I are the perfect team with our complimentary skills. We’ve been working hard, as well as sharing lots of laughs and lunches in the lead up to the launch, and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store.

So, what does this mean for the red thread?

Well, from Monday 02 March, the red thread blog URL will automatically redirect to We Are Scout. You’ll still have access to all of my old posts and tutorials there. I’ll continue to create and sell my sewing patterns and kits under the red thread, and I have two new fabric ranges for Robert Kaufman coming out this year too.

I’d love it if you’d come along for the ride on my new adventure! What do you think?



We Are Scout launches on Monday 02 March.

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Hello to 2015

I realise that it’s a bit late for New Year’s greetings, but I’ve been juggling school holidays and a lot of work behind the scenes. I hope you had a lovely festive season and 2015 is off to a wonderful start for you. It’s great that pretty much everyone begins a new year with optimism, and full of enthusiasm about what’s to come. I’m no exception – I’m excited about 2015. On January 1st each year I love getting my new diary out and flipping through the virginal pages thinking about the promise the year holds – it’s literally and metaphorically a clean start.


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Image: Lisa Tilse for the red thread Instagram (shot on iPhone)

It sounds like a cliche, and it’s something that most bloggers tend to say, but there are big changes in the works and I can’t wait to reveal what’s in store this year for me, the red thread, and SCOUT magazine. I’ll be ready to share in the next week or two.

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Image: Lisa Tilse for the red thread

In the meantime there are a few fun and amazing creative opportunities that I had in 2014 which I haven’t shared, so this week I’ll be playing catch up with those posts.

Thank you for continuing to read my blog and for being part of my tribe on Instagram and Facebook too. You inspire me to do more and you make it all worthwhile.

Here’s to 2015,

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10 DIY Christmas gift wrap ideas

Have you started wrapping gifts yet? Perhaps you’re already finished? You might be like me some years: wrapping at midnight on Christmas Eve! If you’re yet to begin and are looking for inspiration I thought I’d share some lovely and fun ideas for wrapping this Christmas – you can even get the kids involved with painting and stamping paper, and making lovely gift toppers.


God’s eye gift toppers by Honestly WTF



Stamped patterned gift wrap by Paper & Stitch


How to make gorgeous gold paper storage sacks :: tutorial on

Gold paper bags by the red thread



Snowflake gift toppers by Confetti Sunshine



Painted gift wrap by Sunday Collector


the-red-thread-printable-tags1 Printable gift tags by the red thread


Photographic prints and twine by Artifact Uprising


the red thread fabric gift bags No-sew fabric gift bags by the red thread


Confetti wrap by mini eco


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Hama bead tags by the red thread

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Christmas styling in pastels, gold, white and wood

It’s almost time to start decking the halls, planning the menu and the styling of the Christmas dining table, and wrapping gifts – things that I look forward to doing every year. I started a little early this year when Freedom asked me to share how I’d style my home using their new Christmas collection. I’ve chosen to go with a soft colour palette of pastels, gold, white and wood. I was after a sparkly but simple and modern look and I found beautiful pieces in store that fit my aesthetic perfectly. I styled my table setting, put up a stunning simple tree, wrapped gifts and made a wreath, and I can’t wait to show you…

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All styling and photography: Lisa Tilse for the red thread blog


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Shop Small Giveaway Winners

I love having giveaways on the blog – and I enjoy announcing the winners even more. The three Shop Small giveaway prizes are:

$150 voucher to use at Potteround Floral Design to fill your senses with beautiful blooms.
$150 voucher for Egg of the Universe wholefoods cafe – share a delicious lunch with a few friends.
$200 voucher to purchase something beautiful for your home from Sky Parlour.

GIVEAWAY WINNERS via the red thread


And the winners…

Winner 1 is ‘bj‘, who summed up shopping small and locally perfectly:

I always support local and shop small first. It is where you get personalised service; where you find that special item not everyone else is going to have; where often first jobs are given; where you can have a coffee “on your own but you are not”; fundraising for local kindergartens and schools happen; notices are put up. The hub of a community.

Winner 2 is Lisa, who wrote about her lovely neighbourhood (edited comment):

Within 500 metres of my door is the most wonderful old fashioned strip shopping centre with little more than a cafe, an IGA, a bakery, chemist and a wonderful butcher who greets his customers by name, ages his own meat, offers the kids a jelly bean and opens the door for all his customers. We truly live in paradise.

And winner 3 is Alisa Leabon who supports local small businesses (edited comment):

I always like to shop small where I can… I love going into a local shop or cafe where they know your name, what coffee you like or what your taste is. Everyone should be supporting their local small business first before shopping at the large chain stores. The service is more personalised and you may buy something unique!


None of the winners have left their email addresses, so please email me within 14 days or your prize will go to another entrant. bj, you have first choice of which voucher you’d like, so get in touch!


If you missed my Shop Small guide to Sydney’s Rozelle and Balmain take a look, and don’t forget to download my walking map and recommendations. Support your local community, shop local, shop small this Christmas.

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