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Dive into our new Art-I-San furnishing fabrics: designed by San Bushmen artists in Namibia, handprinted by Kalk Bay Modern in South Africa

San Bushmen designs inspire our latest furnishing collection from South Africa

Where ever we venture on our African journeys, we're always searching for something new and exciting.

We're just back from South Africa - where we struck textile gold with a stunning range of furnishing fabrics.

The limited edition Art-I-San fabrics are slightly heavier - ideal for furnishing applications.

Designed by San Bushmen artists in Namibia. Handprinted in South Africa by Kalk Bay Modern. 100% cotton.

Plus: the beauty is not just in the fabrics. The San artists are paid proper royalties for their designs.

We love 'em. We're sure you will too!

View and buy: Art-I-San furnishing fabrics

Jenny's 'No Sew' Lampshade: how cool is that?

No Sew Lampshade Workshop

Wednesday 26 February : evening : 7 pm - 8.30 pm

Here's Jenny's take on what makes a great workshop:

  • Laid back
  • Comfortable
  • Friendly
  • Helpful
  • Enthusiastic
  •  Inspiring
  • Productive
  • Affordable
  • And not too long!

In her No Sew Lampshade Workshop, you'll use African fabric to turn a mundane lampshade into a work of art.

Fee: £30. Includes all the materials you need to make one lampshade measuring 30 cm diameter x 20 cm high.

Venue: African Fabric Shop

Book now: No Sew Lampshade Workshop

Top: Musa's indigo vat and dyeing with kola nut. Bottom: New indigo and kola nut fabrics now on website.

NEW page on website: Hand-dyed Indigos

We're back from The Gambia with a trunk load - literally! - of Musa's wonderful hand-dyed fabrics.

When we unpacked the trunk and saw how many different designs we now have in stock, we decided a bit of re-organising would not go amiss.

NEW page on website: all of Musa's indigo hand-dyed fabrics together

Updated page: all of Musa's kola nut and indigo fabrics, including his latest creations


What makes World Textile Day GREAT?

Watch the video of World Textile Day Wales in Llanidloes, March 2019. Beware: the cakes are as tempting as the textiles!

Can we bring the shop to you? Magie and Bob at World Textile Day in Frodsham, 2018

We'd love to come to your group

Have you noticed we've cut down on the big shows? We've only got Festival of Quilts left. Here's why.

From our World Textile Days, we've discovered something important about running a small scale, fair trade business. We're not just selling fabrics, beads and baskets. We're communicating our experiences and our passion for what we do directly to you.

So instead of big shows, we'd rather bring our mobile shop to you. These types of events are perfect for what we're talking about:

  • Guild regional and area days
  • Quilt groups
  • Embroiderers' Guilds
  • Spinners, Weavers and Dyers Guilds
  • Textile and costume groups

Invite Magie as a speaker and we'll bring the shop with us!

More info: Talks by Magie Relph

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