What’s in a name…

What’s a darner?

Darner is a play on words: it is an old English word for someone who weaves or stitches, but also a common name for a dragonfly, my favourite insect. I studied insects for many years, so they have a very special place in my heart.

It all started …. in nature

I started sewing (in bulk!) during my MSc in Edmonton, Canada. I needed to sew 100 gauze bags to contain caterpillars on pine boughs for an experiment about insect and plant interactions. So, I bought a old Singer sewing machine from ’74…..The rest is history! It all started with every free online pattern, and …. It all got quite got out of hand…

I started making more bags, cases, purses and even my own clothes. During the corona I made a lot of fabric Face masks (or Mondkapjes, in Dutch).

I realized… I just love making things!

Making things with the earth in mind really brings me joy. I get this feeling of immense gratitude to make something that is useful, simple, thoughtfully designed and in a small way to helps to change our waste-making habits.

The darner design atelier has moved to our home the middle of the Netherlands! See the contact page for the current studio setup!

Still an ecologist….

I’m an ecologist at Wageningen University. The combination of both sewing and science ensures that all my creative energy is, in one way or another, put to use for to taking care of the Earth, the only home we all have and share.

Anyone can help with this in their own way. Even a small change in making less unnecessary waste goes a long way. It’s a function of our current culture that so much gets wasted in the simple daily processes of life. It doesn’t have to be that way! If we start with baby steps we can start integrating Earth-friendly habits in our day to day lives .

small steps go a long way…

It’s the smallest steps that are repeated daily, or regularly that really make all the difference. Less plastic, safe soap, being mindful of what really needs to go in the garbage every little bit counts. Reusable pads are really an easy way to start changing the wasting habit. They are so comfortable, and with the current textile technology, we just don’t have to worry about leakage. This way, we can start to be mindful of the footprint we leave on the planet.

Are you ready to start an earth-friendly habit too? Check out our shop.

Who we are


Enthusiastic maker of practical things


Patient webmaster and cheer bringer

Send Us a Message

Feel free to send us an email at info@darnerdesign.nl

or visit the atelier

the creative space: my atelier at home