Fiona was born and lives just outside London in the UK with her gardener husband and teenage son. She was taught to knit, crochet and sew by her aunt and grandmother - and the nuns at her local convent school. She has had a number of jobs, including long stints as a copywriter and political researcher. She also set up an award-winning handmade textile company, making woolen throws and bags. As well as writing craft books and magazine articles, she currently runs a local sewing group and a book group.