Tag Archives: Fabric

Sunday Nights

I generally spend my Sunday afternoons and evening lost in my own thoughts to a world of fabrics. This Sunday I was working on the Linen Patch Bag: making the pattern just a teeny bit bigger, adding a zipper pocket and two individual pockets. It is going to make all the difference to the practicality […]


Darling Toile du Jouy

This year marks the 250th birthday of Toile du Jouy. Its origins can be traced to Jouy-en-Josas, France, where the first commercial plant to mass produce it started production in 1760. Visi is celebrating and together two of my hand drawn Toile du Jouy fabric designs (see the other one here) are being offered as […]


Carol Mills Fabrics

Quite some time ago I designed two fabric ranges for ‘Carol Mills Fabrics’. The first book consists of five and the second four fabric designs (all in various colour ways). My favourite fabric is ‘Arrival’ (above right). ‘Pinotage: Grape of the Cape’ (above) was used for wine cooler bags. All these fabrics are still available […]


Fabric Bookcase

When I first had the idea to make bags I started collecting fabrics. I was so inspired and proud of my ‘collection’ that I even took a picture of it. Now my fabric collection has taken over my bookcase. My books are in boxes in the cellar and the remaining few are lucky to be […]


Textile Design Trends

Every year Heimtextil trade show presents all the latest in textile design. It is often easy to distinguish the trends and to define in what movement direction the consumer is moving. However, this year (presenting Fall/Winter 08/09) there were over 2,800 exhibitors so to identify the trends was not as easy. Here are a few […]


The Shweshwe Story

This magical blue fabric has a fascinating history. The story begins in Europe where the fabric was imported from Asia, mainly India. The cloth was originally made using natural indigo dye but a synthetic substitute as well as two additional colours (a rich chocolate brown and a vibrant red) is now used.The original German Print, […]


About Wren Bags

Wren bags are very special. Each one is unique, a one-of-a-kind, and with its own personality – just like you! A lot of time is spent making sure the colours and patterns of each bag work together. All the bags are made perfectly so that they last you a long time and meet the highest […]