About Us

Welcome to The Fabric Vase Company. A small creative textile company in Cambridgeshire. All products are handmade in Ely.

I'm Heather, and am often found in charity shops looking for pure wool jumpers or in the studio behind the sewing machine. I have a BA (Hons) degree in Fashion and Textiles and have worked in many different fields of  Art and Design.

I designed children's clothes under the name of The Calico Tree, in Scotland The name came from an Edward Lear nonsense rhyme called Calico Pie.

"calico pie the little birds fly
down to the Calico tree"

Following a move south, with more time to be creative again, Calico Tree Designs began. Whilst shopping in The Eel-Catcher's Daughter, a lovely new shop in Ely, a conversation with the owner Helen about the brooch I was wearing and I was back in business making brooches and vases for her - our first stockist!

Following success there, I approached other shops and galleries and built up quite a few within East Anglia.

I exhibited at the BCTF ( British Craft Trade Fair ) in Harrogate in April 2015 where I gained orders from new customers across the U.K.
The idea of fabric vases is proving to be a popular gift to give and this has led to me renaming my business, The Fabric Vase Company....

and so the story continues......