the red thread is a creative lifestyle blog featuring my craft tutorials and free printables, together with inspirational finds in the world of interiors, design, art, craft… and anything else that catches my eye. the red thread is about what I enjoy doing most: creating, sharing, inspiring. I’d love to inspire you to live a more creative life too.

My digital magazine SCOUT was launched in December 2013, and I’ve been thrilled with the response. SCOUT is an extension of the red thread blog – to find out more click on the link over there in the sidebar.

I was one of Australia’s top 5 Creative and Home bloggers in the Kidspot Voices of 2013 awards.


I’m always up for a new project or a collaboration – design, craft, art, styling, writing – so email and run your proposal by me! I love working with brands in creative ways that are authentic to both them and my blog, I’d love to hear from you if you’d like to partner with me.


photo: milk & honey photography


After graduating with a degree in Visual Communication [Design] I worked as a graphic designer in Sydney and London, as well as a stint art directing magazines. I was a freelance designer for some time before becoming a mum and changing my focus to my passion: handmade.

I started my business – the red thread – in 2004, creating and selling art for children’s spaces and doing commissioned children’s portraits. I’m creatively curious and love to try new things so the red thread products developed and changed over the years when I discovered new materials, techniques and passions. In 2009 I created the Sweetie Petites sewing kit and the red thread took off in a new direction. Since then I have retired my other product lines to focus on designing ranges of sewing patterns and kits that are now stocked around the world. It feels wonderful to know that my products are encouraging people to get making.

Recently I have begun to design fabric and I’m excited that my first fabric range (for Robert Kaufman Fabrics) was launched in May 2013. The first of many I hope! I often blog about works in progress and you can see all my current products on the red thread website.


I live in an apartment near the water in Sydney, Australia with my daughter Roxy. I love contemporary and vintage design in equal measures and have a large collection of vintage children’s books and paper ephemera. I’ve done a lot of traveling and I adore and am endlessly inspired by Japan and Scandinavia. Roxy and I love to go to markets, ride our bikes, eat gelato, visit galleries, cook and hang out with friends. We get crafty often and my ever growing stash of fabric and craft materials is becoming embarrassingly large.

My favourite colour is aqua. I only just made a Facebook page (in 2013) and I don’t tweet. Cue gasps! But I love Instagram… there’s only so much I can fit in! I also blog here about my home and life.


My craft projects have appeared in these lovely books and magazines:


My work has been featured in over 30 publications both in Australia and internationally, including those pictured below. Check out the red thread press page to see them all.

Thanks for visiting the red thread blog, I’m happy you stopped by and I hope you enjoy what you find. The sense of community is one of the best rewards I’ve had from blogging. I’m sincere when I say that it’s wonderful to share this space with you and to be able to connect with people from all over the world.


As an extension of the online community I co-organise (with Steph Bond-Hutkin of Bondville) a quarterly get together for bloggers here in Sydney. The abcd meet-up is about connecting with like minded bloggers away from our computers, in real life. The abcd stands for artists, bloggers, crafters, designers. Take a look at my previous blog posts about abcd. It’s a lot of fun. Join us!

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