Where it all began

The Wife-made story begins as many often do – cue the high school graduate with creative dreams, who takes the ‘safe’ route and studies International Business and Commerce, gets married, has kids and rediscovers her creativity underneath an enormous pile of laundry and dirty nappies.

Hey! I’m Xanthe, and I have absolutely no doubt that my creativity stems from my family heritage. From a young age, my Mum encouraged me to try my hand at many different traditional crafts including sewing my own clothes, quilting, hand-embroidery and smocking (to name but a few!), and I have many memories of my Grandma’s and Aunts’ beautiful pastel paintings and my Yia-Yia’s finely crocheted bedspreads.

While I still love to dabble (shiny object syndrome over here!), my passion lies in designing and creating with textiles, and I’m excited to explore how I can combine this with my secondary love of drawing and painting.

I live at the Gold Coast, Australia with my husband, Daniel, and our four beautiful kids.

Wife-made Designs

As a nostalgic modern creative, my designs stem from a deep appreciation for the timeless techniques of traditional textile arts and crafts and a love for mid-century modern design.  

Working modern colour palettes with retrospective shapes and patterns (or vice versa!), I love to design contemporary homewares and evergreen sewing and quilt patterns that you can make yourself and tailor to reflect your personal taste, while crafting an heirloom piece to be handed down through the generations.

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