About Us

Patch Design Studio creates hand block printed textiles, including organic kitchen towels, cloth napkins, and onesies. Our retail and wholesale customers appreciate sustainable products, beautiful home accessories, and a handmade aesthetic.

All Patch designs are original and inspired by traditions of the South, as well as patterns and textiles from around the world—from East Indian block printing, to geometric African prints, to vintage fabric found at roadside antique shops.

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, our small studio embraces and reflects simple everyday joys: gathering with friends, sharing good food, and enjoying a happy family.

 

Our Materials

At Patch, we care deeply about the environment and about providing healthy, non-toxic products to our customers. We are constantly researching new and better ways to make our products more sustainable, environmentally and socially responsible, and beautiful. All Patch items are sewn and hand block printed right here in Asheville, North Carolina, which means they are proudly made in the USA.

Fabric: The fabric we use is an imported organic cotton and hemp blend. All of our fabric is Global Organic Textile Standard certified. This means that the fiber producers and processors must meet strict requirements related to environmental impact and labor practices.

Ink: To create our handmade prints, we use water-based screen printing inks. Unlike other common inks, the “eco-inks” we use are safer for the environment and better for your family. And unlike screen printing, which requires the use of harsh chemicals, hand block printing requires only ink, fabric, and a steady hand.

Our Values

Sustainability: This word is thrown around a lot these days, but what it means to us is using materials that: cause minimal environmental impact, were made by people in good working conditions, support local economies, and are healthy for our customers to use. While this requires constant effort and research, it’s our strongest guiding principle.

Simplicity: At Patch, we value things that are made simply and directly. With hand block printing, each block is carved by hand. Then the block is manually inked and stamped onto the fabric. It’s slow, it’s old fashioned, and it’s just the way we like it.

Soul: So many of the things that surround us are a mystery. Where were they made? Who made them? Because we don’t understand the source, everyday purchases can feel soul-less. We think a happier home is full of soulful things—items made with consciousness and a personal touch.

About the Owner

Growing up on Sullivan’s Island, off the coast of South Carolina near Charleston, Heather Mithoefer Adcock remembers a childhood full of sewing projects, sailing, vegetable gardens, and travel with her family—all of which have found their way into her Patch designs.

As an adult, after stints in San Francisco and Boulder, Heather made her way back to the South to study at the Savannah College of Art & Design. While earning a master’s degree in industrial design there, Heather fell in love with fiber and textiles and started to incorporate this new passion into her design work. One Christmas, she made hand towels as gifts for friends and family, and began experimenting with inks and printing techniques. She enjoyed it so much that she decided to build a business from it.

Heather launched Patch in Chattanooga in 2010, and shortly after exhibited in the Handmade Hall at the New York Gift Fair. She quickly landed a variety of wholesale clients across the U.S. and abroad.

In 2013, she moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where the business is based today. She shares her home with her husband, Brandan, her baby son and onesie model, Rowan, and their two scruffy terriers. In this unique mountain town, Patch Design Studio is surrounded by natural beauty, a strong local food scene and a vibrant creative community, all of which continue to support and inspire Heather’s work.