about & contact


Hi my name is Fi Laidlaw (still Hocking sometimes, was my married name) & I am the designer & maker of quilts & homewares stitched together with love.

I hope to use my blog, Living Cloth , as a journal of discovery, a showcase for my designs, quilts & homewares,  glimpses of sidetracks along the way – life I guess!

I am also mum to 2 beautiful young adults & we live in an old cottage in a small town in Queensland, Australia.

I have dabbled in many crafts over the years but cloth & textiles have certainly taken hold as my main passion. I suppose it started when the kids were little & I took up sewing again as many women do & progressed to patchwork & quilting.

I have always loved textiles, spinning, felting, knitting & natural dyeing.

After years of being a stay at home mum to my gorgeous kids, I returned to full time work at an online patchwork shop – woo hoo!!!!  (not too good on the old wallet though).

So, I hope to use my blog as inspiration & a visual record of the wonderful craft of patchwork & quilting, to also work on creating patterns & tutorials of techniques I have learned & developed.

I also love photography & intend to continue working on improving my photography skills. Cooking, collecting stuff  (my Dad calls it junk, I call it an increasing stash of photo props), books, interior mags, typography & gardening are just some of my other interests!

I must also say here a huge thank you to my family & friends for their wonderful support & encouragement to keep on going. 

I hope you can join me on my journey of discovery.

Fi x


Please feel free to contact me

email:  fi@livingcloth.com
or pop on over to my Instagram @living_cloth

Please link with love in regard to pinning or sharing any of my original pics. All original content & images are copyright Fi Laidlaw for Living Cloth. Other images are credited to their source.

If you would like to link to any of my posts, thank you in advance, I would be grateful if you would link to the original post & credit “Living Cloth”.

If you pin any of my original pics please link back to Living Cloth & thanks again in advance.

Please email me if you are unsure and thank you for Linking with Love!


  1. sue wallwork
    April 29, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    Hi Fi, thinking about my gorgeous friend today (as with many days lately) and thought ‘I will check her blog!’. Wow, amazing and totally predictably beautiful. Love the pinny you made for Amy and your blacks/greys Fi – something is shifting.xxxx


    • sue wallwork
      November 4, 2013 @ 10:26 am

      latest blog is beautiful and I’m glad it wasn’t too long before you shared your WONDERFUL news of serendipity!!!!! Gorgeous Advent calendar too Fi – I hope many homes are adorned by Christmas! Lots of love, Suex


  2. Learna Benson
    June 6, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    Hi Fi,
    Isn’t our Amy the most amazing person! Your creations are absolutely beautiful. I am completely envious and would love to be able to create such amazing pieces. I am fumbling my way around the wide world of selling my pieces and would love to create a blog/website where I am able to converse with other ‘handmakers’. I’m not quite sure where to start yet though. I will be in touch soon and will keep following your blog (i’ve saved your it to my favourites!). I can’t believe how grown up Rosie looks, time flys far too quickly. Sending you much love. Take care, Lea x


    • Fi
      June 11, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

      Hi Learna, its lovely to get connected with you through my gorgeous niece, Amy. I checked out your beautiful jewellery through madeit and congratulations on your ongoing sales. Please if I can help you out at all with setting up a blog or website please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at fi@livingcloth.com. Keep creating and enjoying your lovely young ones.


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  4. Kreetta
    March 6, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    Hello Fi!

    I stopped by your blog from BB and got very interested your pot dying. I tried to look through your photos but still didn’t get enough how your work really look like. I’m a photographer and somehow I like to see more and I really liked what I saw but I was wondering if you have product pics somewhere…I understand if don’t. This pot dying sounds so interesting and using natural materials like leaves etc. and colors…is just music to my ears.


    • Fi
      March 6, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

      Hi Kreetta,
      Thanks for stopping by, you are one of my first ever visitors! Thank you for your interest in my natural dyeing and yes it does produce amazing colours and prints. I have learned to do this through experimenting and also through India Flint’s lovely books, she has a great blog too. Are you on Instagram? I have more pics there of pots brewing etc or I would be very happy to send you some images if you like (you have also reminded me I need to do more work, image wise for my blog). I am just about to add your blog to my blogroll, it is absolutely beautiful, inspiring and an insight into living in a totally different environment for here in Oz. I think your moodboard video is fabulous!
      Fi x


  5. sue wallwork
    April 26, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    Keep it coming Fi, loving it!XXXX


  6. Kristin
    July 14, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

    Nice photos Fi and great to hear about your trip! Xxx


    • Fi
      July 15, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

      Thanks so much Kristin for popping over and having a look at my blog x


  7. Melinda
    November 16, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    Hello Fi,
    Found you through BYW course. Love your work and inspired by your blog. Good luck with the course.


  8. Carolyn E.
    June 15, 2015 @ 1:59 am

    Hello from BYW! Lovely site. Glad we connected through the course!


  9. Niece Rev. Amy
    August 15, 2016 @ 7:12 am

    SO proud of you Aunty!
    This new website looks GORGEOUS!
    And so pleased to see you blogging again – no one sees the world like you do – and when you share what you see & make, you only ADD to the BEAUTY!
    With all my love & cheering from London.


    • Fi
      August 17, 2016 @ 7:09 am

      Thanks so much Niece for popping over for a look! It’s looking good isn’t it, been a big learning curve & I’ve got this far so onward & upward!!!! Is it ok if I write a post about your stole & link to your gorgeous song on youtube? Thanks for being the cheer squad 🙂 lots of love Aunty x


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