Fabrics

Scarves, Pillows, Outside In       

 Natural Patterns for clothes, houseware and fun

Click on a word above – “Scarves”, “Pillows” or “Outside In” to view a collection

wasp yard

From polkadots to houndstooth, fabric patterns have a long history but the history of patterns  in the natural world is much longer – billions of years. This long history  makes interesting fabrics.

This apparent weave began with a photo of a paper wasps’ nest. Close inspection reveals a whole range of colors. Wasps made each bit of paper by chewing  plant stems and wood then mixing the chewed fiber with saliva. The actual paper is too fragile to handle, but fabric made from an image of it can be worn and washed and worn again.