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Events & Shows Diary

Are Magie Relph and The African Fabric Shop coming to an event near you?

You'll find The African Fabric Shop at textile shows and exhibitions around the UK and occasionally in Europe.

Also, along with a group of friends, we organise a series of free events called World Textile Day at various venues around the UK.

And, Magie always brings along a selection of fabrics, beads and baskets when ever she travels to a textile group for a talk.

December 2017

2 Dec 2017

Shop Open Day

33B Greens End Road
Meltham, Holmfirth
HD9 5NW

More information: www.africanfabric.co.uk/about-us/visit-our-shop

February 2018

10 Feb 2018

Shop Open Day

33B Greens End Road
Meltham, Holmfirth
HD9 5NW

More information: www.africanfabric.co.uk/about-us/visit-our-shop

11 Feb 2018

Quiltfest

Quiltfest Trading Day is a great day out in North Wales. It's an institution - it's been going so long. Our first day out after doing our best to escape the winter months. 

Royal International Pavilion, ?Abbey Road, Llangollen LL20 8SW

More information: www.quiltfest.org.uk

16 Feb to 17 Feb 2018

Textile East Fair

Textiles East is a great little show in East Anglia - a showcase for textile artists and suppliers to showcase their work and their products. We love it! At only £6, it's great value, too.

Swavesy Village College, Cambridgeshire, CB24 4RS. For more info, contact Claire Cousins: 07763 188361.

More information: textileseastfair.wordpress.com

March 2018

7 Mar 2018

Crimple Valley Quilters

Talk. TBC.

10 Mar 2018

Harrogate Embroiderers' Guild

Talk - Under African Skies.

Special Event

17 Mar 2018

10 am - 4.30 pm

Minerva Arts Centre, High St, Llanidloes, SY18 6BY

World Textile Day - Wales

Our 2018 theme: Working Together

FREE admission to our exhibition of woven, printed and embroidered textiles.

  • Help us celebrate our 10th anniversary in Wales.

FAIR TRADE MARKET from makers, workshops and villages around the world.

Activities:

  • 11 am PRESENTATION. Susan Briscoe - quilter, teacher and author. Hand to Hand: Japanese Sashiko.
  • 2 pm A FAVOURITE TEXTILE. Our experts discuss one of their most treasured textiles. Plus a short talk.
  • £3 per morning or afternoon session. Or £5 for both. Tickets at the door.
  • Refreshments by our hosts the Quilt Association of Wales.

Disabled access. Free parking nearby.

More information: www.worldtextileday.co.uk

20 Mar 2018

Beartown Patcherwork & Quilters, Congleton

Talk - African Threads

24 Mar 2018

Shop Open Day

33B Greensend Road
Meltham, Holmfirth
HD9 5NW

More information: www.africanfabric.co.uk/about-us/visit-our-shop

April 2018
Special Event

14 Apr 2018

10 am - 4.30 pm

East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Ave, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surry, KT24 6QT

World Textile Day - South East England

Our 2018 theme: Working Together

FREE admission to our exhibition of woven, printed and embroidered textiles.

  • NEW VENUE

FAIR TRADE MARKET from makers, workshops and villages around the world.

Activities:

  • 11 am PRESENTATION. John Gillow, author of Textiles of the Islamic World, among others. Kantha Quilts of Bengal.
  • 2 pm A FAVOURITE TEXTILE. Our experts discuss one of their most treasured textiles. Plus a short talk.
  • £3 per morning or afternoon session. Or £5 for both. Tickets at the door.
  • Refreshments TBC.

Disabled access. Free parking nearby.

More information: www.worldtextileday.co.uk

21 Apr to 22 Apr 2018

Brockenhurst Fiesta

A great little show with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. We love it!

More information: www.brockenhurstfiesta.co.uk/

May 2018

1 May 2018

Appleby Textile Group, Appleby-in-Westmorland

Talk. Big Is Beautiful: African Costume and Clothing.

5 May 2018

Shop Open Day

33B Greens End Road
Meltham, Holmfirth
HD9 5NW

More information: www.africanfabric.co.uk/about-us/visit-our-shop

12 May 2018

Quilters' Guild Region 7, Northamptonshire

Talk and trader.

17 May 2018

Rutland and Stamford Embroiderers' Guild

Talk - African Blues.

19 May 2018

Warrington Craft Guild

Talk - Ashanti Inspirations. Adinkra stamping workshop.

June 2018
Special Event

2 Jun 2018

10 am - 4.30 pm

King's Sutton Millenium Memorial Hall, Astrop Rd, King's Sutton, Banbury, OX17 3PG

World Textile Day - Central England

Our 2018 theme: Working Together

FREE admission to our exhibition of woven, printed and embroidered textiles.

FAIR TRADE MARKET from makers, workshops and villages around the world.

Activities:

  • 11 am PRESENTATION. Chris Spring, curator of the British Museum Africa collection.  Social Fabric: Textiles and Teamwork in East and Southern Africa.
  • 2 pm A FAVOURITE TEXTILE. Our experts discuss one of their most treasured textiles. Plus a short talk.
  • £3 per morning or afternoon session. Or £5 for both. Tickets at the door.
  • Delicious refreshments.

Disabled access. Free parking. Station - King's Sutton.

9 Jun 2018

Shop Open Day

33B Greens End Road
Meltham, Holmfirth
HD9 5NW

More information: www.africanfabric.co.uk/about-us/visit-our-shop

11 Jun 2018

Imperial Quilters, Huddersfield

Talk. TBC.

Special Event

16 Jun 2018

10 am - 4.30 pm

Bridge of Allan Parish Church of Scotland, 12 Keir St, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4NW

World Textile Day - Scotland

Our 2018 theme: Working Together

FREE admission to our exhibition of woven, printed and embroidered textiles.

  • Help us celebrate our 6th year in Scotland.

FAIR TRADE MARKET from makers, workshops and villages around the world.

Activities:

  • 11 am PRESENTATION. Diane Gaffney - textile trader, collector and traveller. Many Hands Make Light Work: Incredible Handmade Asian Textiles.
  • 2 pm A FAVOURITE TEXTILE. Our experts discuss one of their most treasured textiles. Plus a short talk.
  • £3 per morning or afternoon session. Or £5 for both. Tickets at the door.
  • Delicious refreshments.

Disabled access. Free parking. Station - Bridge of Allan.

More information: www.worldtextileday.co.uk

July 2018

14 Jul 2018

Shop Open Day

33B Greens End Road
Meltham, Holmfirth
HD9 4HG

More information: www.africanfabric.co.uk/about-us/visit-our-shop

20 Jul 2018

Oswestry Embroiderers' Guild

Talk - Under African Skies. Workshop - Creative with Stripcloth.

21 Jul 2018

Newcastle Embroiderers' Guild

Talk - Beauty and the Bead.

August 2018

9 Aug to 12 Aug 2018

Festival of Quilts

NEC, Birmingham.

September 2018
Special Event

8 Sep 2018

10 am - 4.30 pm

Mundford Village Hall, St Leonards St, Mundford, nr Thetford, Norfolk, IP26 5DW

World Textile Day - East of England

Our 2018 theme: Working Together

FREE admission to our exhibition of woven, printed and embroidered textiles.

FAIR TRADE MARKET from makers, workshops and villages around the world.

Activities:

  • 11 am PRESENTATION. Sue and David Richardson - experts in Asian textiles. The Ikat Weaving of Sumba: a Co-operative Venture.
  • 2 pm A FAVOURITE TEXTILE. Our experts discuss one of their most treasured textiles. Plus a short talk.
  • £3 per morning or afternoon session. Or £5 for both. Tickets at the door.
  • Delicious refreshments.

Disabled access. Free parking. Stations - Thetford and Brandon.

More information: www.worldtextileday.co.uk

11 Sep 2018

Romsey Quilters

Programme TBC.

15 Sep 2018

Shop Open Day

33B Greens End Road
Meltham, Holmfirth
HD9 5NW

More information: www.africanfabric.co.uk/about-us/visit-our-shop

Special Event

29 Sep 2018

10 am - 4.30 pm

Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 QN

World Textile Day - North of England

Our 2018 theme: Working Together

FREE admission to our exhibition of woven, printed and embroidered textiles.

FAIR TRADE MARKET from makers, workshops and villages around the world.

Activities:

  • 11 am PRESENTATION. Jim Gaffney - textile trader, collector and traveller. Many Hands Make Light Work: Incredible Handmade Asian Textiles.
  • 2 pm A FAVOURITE TEXTILE. Our experts discuss one of their most treasured textiles. Plus a short talk.
  • £3 per morning or afternoon session. Or £5 for both. Tickets at the door.
  • Delicious refreshments.

Disabled access. Free parking. Station - Frodsham.

More information: www.worldtextileday.co.uk

October 2018
Special Event

6 Oct 2018

10 am - 4.30 pm

Saltford Hall, Wedmore Street, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3BY

World Textile Day - West of England

Our 2018 theme: Working Together

FREE admission to our exhibition of woven, printed and embroidered textiles.

  • Bringing fair trade to a fair trade village.

FAIR TRADE MARKET from makers, workshops and villages around the world.

Activities:

  • 11 am PRESENTATION. Bob Irwin - author, collector, textile and bead trader. Beauty and the Bead: Community bead making in West Africa.
  • 2 pm A FAVOURITE TEXTILE. Our experts discuss one of their most treasured textiles. Plus a short talk.
  • £3 per morning or afternoon session. Or £5 for both. Tickets at the door.
  • Delicious refreshments by our hosts Saltford Community Associaton.

Disabled access. Free parking. Stations - Keynsham, Bristol Temple Meads, Bath.

More information: www.worldtextileday.co.uk

Bombay Sapphire Bottle Appeal

Do you have any old Bombay Sapphire gin bottles? If you do, we're collecting them at show and exhibitions for our friend Oklah Tetteh in Ghana. Oklah uses them to make his wonderful recycled glass beads.

 
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