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The Patches Story

“PATCHES began as a family business over 30 years ago.  We were commissioned by a shop in Australia to make 38 patchwork quilts in a period of 6 weeks which took every member of the family to play their part.  And that was the start!  This led to us opening a stall at the Bryanston Village Market and the opening of three shops in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

We later branched out into clothing using patchwork and applique work on the garments. Calico and lace garments took over and then we started painting on fabric.  ‘Early American’ is the theme of decor for our home and shop, and that has led us to collect vintage bric-a-brac to sell in the double decker bus parked on our property and also to make simple ‘old worldy’ crafts.

Since then we have decided to simplify our lives by working from our home and producing ‘one off’ items which are made with love!  Different people do the crafts which vary from tiny frivolities, beaded items, hand embroidery, knitting, crocheting, ribbon embroidery, fabric painting, patchwork and even canvas paintings.  A hive of activity!”

- Carole Waterston (owner of PATCHES) -

PATCHES is open to the public by appointment only when you can enjoy tea and cake under shady trees and browse through the bus and the shop.  Please visit our 'contact us' page for more details.  Enjoy!