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Brief Published: 3 Jul 2013

Handcrafted Textiles, USA


A growing number of contemporary home décor labels are embracing unhurried, craft-led production, satisfying consumer demand for unique goods. We highlight two of our favourites: 

Maura Ambrose, founder of Austin-based Folk Fibers, patches together hand-dyed and vintage fabrics to create unique quilts. Although the hand-quilting technique takes longer, Ambrose says “the results are greater and more valuable than a manufactured quilt.” She wants her textiles to become family heirlooms.

Ambrose favours non-toxic dyes, made from harvested and foraged materials, such as walnut hulls or onion skins. For other examples of natural dyeing techniques, see Stylus’ report Alternative Dyeing

Los Angeles-based Hopewell Workshop, founded by artists Eliza Kenan and Claire Oswalt, creates hand-stitched quilts, coasters and napkins, all made from 100% natural cotton and linen. The pieces are a modern take on patchwork, featuring large geometrics and block colour.

For a more detailed look at the craft communities emerging on the West Coast, see the Stylus report Textile Craft California.

Folk Fibers 

Hopewell Workshop