I grew up in Western Australia with a mother who made the pots we ate off and who filled the house with thrifted and antique furniture.  I learned to sew, knit, crochet and make lace from my mother and English grandmother. I love to sew and teach sewing and embroidery, but I fully embraced sewing with thrifted fabrics while living and traveling with my husband and four children on a sail boat. Following the William Morris maxim, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful,” I love to revive china and textiles and turn them into items to enhance your life and your home.

The name “Op Shop Work Shop” comes from the Australian name for thrift stores, which is a shortened form of the term, opportunity shop. I write a blog of the same name where I post tutorials on sewing with thrifted fabrics.