Wendy Kendall

Wendy Kendall is a UK designer based in Staffordshire, she has graphical, clean approach that mixes playful patterns/textures with quirky handrawn outlines. She loves bold colours against bright whites and particularly enjoys creating designs for children.

Wendy Kendall was one of the first designers for Dashwood Studio, her first range, Petite Street, was so well received they had to re-print it again and again!

(Wendy Kendall’s first range for Dashwood – Petite Street)

New range – Retro Orchard
We’re excited to say her new range Retro Orchard has just arrived in the shop!

Dashwood Studio liked the main fruit, melon and floral print so Wendy then worked on building a story around those designs by adding the orchard, seedling and stripe print on contrasting backgrounds.

These bold fruit shapes work really well on the crisp white background and the dotty Flurry Plum makes a great edging contrast.

My favourite thing about this range, that may not come across in the photographs, is the unusual use of colour! Every shade used is unique and unusual but it makes my heart sing as it sits so nicely together, I want to use them all together in a quilt so I can enjoy them and not miss out, it’s real colour therapy – Makes me happy!

If you’d like a set of small samples so you can see for yourself email us at and we’ll send you a set to make your day! Put RETRO ORCHARD in the subject field and send your name and address so we know what to do.


(Wendy Kendall’s Retro Orchard for Dashwood Studio )

What to make?
– We think this would make great:
– Kitchen textiles – cute aprons, oven mits, pot holders, napkins
– Girl’s retro dresses – (see our Oliver +S patterns)
– Womans summer clother (See the fantastic By Hand London patterns)
– A-line skirts
– Head scarves
– Summer bags
– Beautiful patchwork quilts – use a larger print as backing fabric for full impact
– Square flat cushions
– Pretty garden bunting
– Coat hanger covers – if you have time!

See the full Retro Orchard range from Dashwood Studios

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