Fiona teaches knitting and sewing classes, and is the author of several bestselling knitting books, including: Knit Your Own Dolls, Knitted Animal Nursery, Knitted Animal Cozies, Knitted Animal Scarves, Mitts, and Socks, and Knitted Animal Hats. She started writing knitting patterns because she couldn’t find any that she really liked.
Fiona was taught to knit, crochet and sew by her aunt, grandmother – and the nuns at her local convent school. She’s had a project on the go ever since.
Before Fiona started knitting professionally, she was a charity worker, co-owned a copywriting and design agency, worked as a pottery decorator and ran an award-winning textile business making woollen throws and bags. She’s also worked as a political researcher and craft teacher.
Fiona lives in the UK, just outside London but overlooking a field of horses, with her husband and, sometimes, her student son.
Click here to see Valerie catch up with Fiona about a few of her knitting projects – from King Cole tinsel yarn pets to a Frida Kahlo doll.
Knitting toys & accessories
- When stuffing your toys, add a little bit of filling at a time and shape your item as you go.
- Fluffy eyelash yarns are great for beginner toy makers. As it’s hard to see the seams, they don’t have to be perfect.
- When adding the eyes and other features, take a bit of time to work out the best position. It can make a huge difference to the final look.
- Don’t rush the sewing together stage and spoil the final look of all your hard work!