Your browser (Internet Explorer 7 or lower) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Learn how to update your browser.


Navigate / search

[28] Sonia Lyne Wants Us All in Stiches

Sonia Lyne is simultaneously an inspiration and a great case study for us all!

She has worked hard (and travelled far) to find her passion.

Sonia has opened herself to new challenges, new opportunities – and does it all with a seemingly endless supply of positivity.

If you need a kick in the butt to make the changes you want for your life and business, then this episode is for you!

Quotes and highlights from this Episode:

  • Sonia Lyne is the creative genius behind Dandelyne.
  • Her creative journey has been a long one, and intercontinental.
  • She started as a private school teacher, and was told you just don’t make it as a crafter.
  • After university Sonia travelled the world where her eyes were opened.  She came to realize there was a world of opportunities.
  • Sonia went to fashion school and worked in London, came back to Australia, started a family and had a lightning bulb moment when she brought out an old hobby, hand stitching.
  • Sonia had found her calling in embroidery.  Her business had begun.
  • She has created a community and shares other people’s work on her hoops.
  • ‘I’m still learning, we all still are.’ {Sonia}
  • Don’t be afraid to put a value on your time.  ‘Value every single element of what you do.’ {Sonia}
  • You CAN love what you do.
  • If you’re happy, then that’s the biggest thing.
  • Be passionate about what you do!
  • ‘What makes you buzz RIGHT NOW.’ {Sonia}
  • Don’t focus on the negative.  Find ways to highlight the positive.  Celebrate yourself!
  • Sonia is the ’embroidery motivator.’  She will ‘get everyone in stitches.’ {Sonia}
  • Balancing your work with your personal life is important.
  • Take time for family everyday.  Take a day off!
  • And when you work, work hard.
  • ‘You can’t NOT work hard.’ {Sonia}
  • Share what you do!  Make yourself and your craft accessible, be inspirational.
  • And then ‘kick yourself to get out, go get coffee, have a conversation!’ {Sonia}
  • ‘If you don’t try, you’re 100% going to fail.’ {Jess}
  • You can find Sonia at her website or Instagram.


Download/Listen to this Episode

(You can also subscribe to the podcast and listen to this episode on iTunes + Stitcher – just search ‘Create & Thrive’.)


Van Den has written 319 posts in this blog.

Jess Van Den is the editor of Create & Thrive, and has been a full-time creative entrepreneur since 2010. She makes eco-conscious, contemporary, handmade sterling silver jewellery under the Epheriell label, and blogs about her jewellery and other beautiful things at You can catch her on twitter @JessVanDen.



Hi Jess I just finished listening to your podcast with Sonia and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it. It was really inspirational and compelling. Thanks SO much!

What say you?