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Bone bead SALE: 10% off until 20 June

Our batik bone beads are made in Nairobi by Kenedy Owiti and his team. Recently a devastating fire destroyed their workshop. We responded by sending money for new tools so they could get up and running and that was matched by our friend Gretchen in Nairobi.

Now we want to sell as many of Kenedy's beads as we can, as fast as we can, so that we can get the workshop running up to full capacity again.

Prices shown include the 10% discount. Offer ends 20 June.

Please buy Kenedy's bone beads NOW!

Next World Textile Day: Saturday 16 June in Bridge of Allan, Scotland. Scroll down for details.

Perle No 8 embroidery threads, hand-dyed by Chameleon Threads in South Africa: Superior quality - extravagantly colourful

Our NEW hand-dyed embroidery threads

We've been looking for threads of this quality and pedigree for a while and we've finally found them!

On our winter trip to Johannesburg we connected with Aldo and his team at Chameleon Threads.

Now you can view and buy Chameleon's wonderful Perle No 8 embroidery threads right here on our website, at the shop and at our various events like Festival of Quilts and World Textile Days around the country.

  • Superb quality DMC threads, made in France
  • 100% mercerised cotton
  • Hand-dyed in small batches by Chameleon Threads in South Africa
  • Perfect for any hand-embroidery application
  • Excellent value

Per 16 metre skein: £2.40

Mix 'n' Match Discount

Any 11 for the price of 10

View and buy: Chameleon hand-dyed threads

Our Shwe Shwe celebration. From top left: Isishweshwe by Juliette Leeb-du Toit, Zulu bracelet kit, new Shwe Shwe fabric and Zwelitsha necklace kit

Our Shwe Shwe celebration

The new Shwe Shwe's here from South Africa - always cause for great celebration.

Of course, we have a some great new colours and designs. No surprise there.

Even better, though... Isobel has designed some brilliant new beaded jewellery kits mixing genuine Shwe Shwe fabrics with recycled glass beads from Ghana. Very clever and very easy!