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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.

November 2019

30 Nov 2019

Shop Open Day: Christmas fundraising sale

Joins us for some Christmas shopping and fundraising 

Once again we will have quilts and other items for sale to raise funds for Sukuta Clinic in The Gambia. We hope to preveiw some of these items in newletters so do sign up! 

Also, lots of goodies to buy for Christmas, from stocking fillers to fabulous large baskets to put all those lovely presents it! 

And I'm sure there will be a mince pie or two to be had. 

10 am - 4 pm

33B Greens End Road, Meltham, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 5NW

February 2020

8 Feb 2020

Shop Open Day

Help us unpack our bags!

Magie and Bob will be back from Sierre Leone with - we hope - all sorts of new and interesting textile treasures.

10 am - 4 pm

33B Greens End Road, Meltham, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 5NW

9 Feb 2020

Quiltfest Trading Day

Quiltfest is always our first event of the year after our winter travels to Ghana, The Gambia and this year Sierra Leone.

See what's new and enjoy one of our favourite annual events.

Venue: Llangollen

More information: www.quiltfest.org.uk

21 Feb to 22 Feb 2020

Textiles East Fair

We always have a great time at this very accessible and friendly show.

Make 'n' Take: at this year's show, Magie will be showing how to make fabric beads using our Shwe Shwe fabrics from South Africa. More details on the Textiles East website.

Venue: Swavesy Village College, Swavesy, Cambridgeshire

More information: textileseastfair.wordpress.com

March 2020

2 Mar 2020

Somerset County Quilters

Talk by Magie Relph. Plus fabrics, beads and baskets for sale.

Venue: Taunton, Somerset

 

4 Mar 2020

Bristol Quilters

Talk by Magie Relph - African Blues. Plus fabrics, beads and baskets for sale.

Venue: Bristol

Special Event

7 Mar 2020

49 Nethergreen Rd, Sheffield, S11 7EH

Stitched Up and Fleeced Studio

African Fabric Shop at Stitched Up and Fleeced

When our friend Sue Lancaster invited us last year for a talk, workshop and sale day at her fantastic studio in Sheffield - we had no idea how popular it would be. WOW - what a day that was!

So we've decided to do it again in 2020. Watch this space for talk and workshop details.

More information: www.stitchedupandfleeced.com

18 Mar to 19 Mar 2020

Aberdeen Quilt Group

18 Mar 2020. Evening talk by Magie Relph.

19 Mar 2020. Morning workshop with Magie Relph.

Plus fabrics, beads and baskets for sale.

Venue: Aberdeen

21 Mar 2020

Shop Open Day

Spring clearout! 

Time for a tidy up... we need to make room for all the new stock we've brought back from our winter buying trips to Africa.

  • Bargains? Of course!
  • NEW fabrics, beads and baskets? Of course!
  • The choice is yours...  

10 am - 4 pm

33B Greens End Road, Meltham, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 5NW

Special Event

28 Mar 2020

10 am - 4.30 pm

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

World Textile Day - Wales

Our 2020 theme: Crossing Borders

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 by GUEST SPEAKER Angela Thompson - textile collector, author and lecturer. 'East to West: Textile Treasures of the Great Silk Road'.
  • 2 pm SHORT TALK by Bob Irwin - African bead trader. 'Beads without borders'. Plus TEXTILE WEAR & TELL - you're invited to wear and discuss your own world textile garment.
  • £3 per morning or afternoon session. Or £5 for both. Tickets at the door.
  • PLUS: Braiding demonstration and exhbits
  • AND: Quilting demonstration and exhibits.
  • Delicious refreshments all day. 

Disabled access. Free parking nearby. Nearest station - Caersws.

More information: worldtextileday.co.uk

April 2020

7 Apr 2020

Totley Brook Quilt Group

Talk by Magie Relph - Under African Skies. Plus fabrics, beads and baskets for sale.

Venue: Sheffield

Special Event

17 Apr to 19 Apr 2020

University of Stirling

Quilters' Guild AGM & Conference

Workshops with Magie Relph

Enjoy Magie's new Siddi quiltmaking workshops!

Plus: fabrics, beads and baskets for sale throughout the conference.

25 Apr to 26 Apr 2020

Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta

Lovely spring weekend + a great venue in the New Forest + textiles + great cakes = BLISS!

We really love this wonderful, friendly textile show... when you come, you'll see why!

In fact, we like the venue so much we're bringing our World Textile Day there in September 2020.

Venue: Brockenhurst Village Hall, Highwood Rd, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7RY

More information: www.brockenhurstfiesta.co.uk

June 2020
Special Event

6 Jun 2020

10 am - 4.30 pm

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

World Textile Day - Central England

Our 2020 theme: Crossing Borders

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 by GUEST SPEAKER Gavin Strachan - lecturer and editor of Asian Textiles'Thomas Coryate: The English Marco Polo'
  • 2 pm SHORT TALK by Jim Gaffney - Asian textile expert, collector and trader. 'Freedom of Movement for Textiles'. Plus TEXTILE WEAR & TELL - you're invited to wear and discuss your own world textile garment
  • £3 per morning or afternoon session. Or £5 for both. Tickets at the door.
  • PLUS: Exhibition by Oxford Embroiderers' Guild
  • Delicious refreshments all day

Disabled access. Free parking. Nearest station - King's Sutton.

More information: worldtextileday.co.uk

Special Event

13 Jun 2020

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 2020 theme: Crossing Borders

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 by GUEST SPEAKER Jim Gaffney - Asian textile expert, collector and trader. 'Freedom of Movement for Textiles'.
  • 2 pm SHORT TALK by Bob Irwin - African bead trader. 'Beads without Borders'. Plus TEXTILE WEAR & TELL - you're invited to wear and discuss your own world textile garment.
  • £3 per morning or afternoon session. Or £5 for both. Tickets at the door.
  • Delicious refreshments all day.

Disabled access. Free parking. Nearest station - Bridge of Allan.

More information: worldtextileday.co.uk

September 2020
Special Event

5 Sep 2020

10 am - 4.30 pm

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

World Textile Day - East of England

Our 2020 theme: Crossing Borders

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 by GUEST SPEAKER Jennifer Hughes - textile collector, teacher, embroiderer, weaver and dyer. 'Ikats of the Orient'.
  • 2 pm SHORT TALK by Jim Gaffney - Asian textile expert, collector and trader. 'Freedom of Movement for Textiles'. Plus TEXTILE WEAR & TELL - you're invited to wear and discuss your own world textile garment.
  • £3 per morning or afternoon session. Or £5 for both. Tickets at the door.
  • Delicious refreshments all day.

Disabled access. Free parking. Nearest stations - Thetford and Brandon.

More information: worldtextileday.co.uk

Special Event

19 Sep 2020

10 am - 4.30 pm

Brockenhurst Hall, Highwood Rd, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7RY

World Textile Day - South of England

Our 2020 theme: Crossing Borders

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 by GUEST SPEAKERS Diane Gaffney and Magie Relph - textile collectors and traders. 'From Java to West Africa: a journey from batik to wax print'.
  • 2 pm SHORT TALK by Gaynor Williams - textile collector. 'Textile Animal Trappings of India and Central Asia'. Plus TEXTILE WEAR & TELL - you're invited to wear and discuss your own world textile garment.
  • £3 per morning or afternoon session. Or £5 for both. Tickets at the door.
  • Delicious refreshments all day.

Disabled access. Free parking. Station - Brockenhurst.

More information: worldtextileday.co.uk

October 2020
Special Event

3 Oct 2020

10 am - 4.30 pm

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

World Textile Day - West of England

Our 2020 theme: Crossing Borders

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 by GUEST SPEAKERS Diane Gaffney and Magie Relph - textile collectors and traders. 'From Java to West Africa: a journey from batik to wax print'.
  • 2 pm SHORT TALK by John Gillow - textile collector and author. 'Textiles of the Afghan frontier'. Plus TEXTILE WEAR & TELL - you're invited to wear and discuss your own world textile garment.
  • £3 per morning or afternoon session. Or £5 for both. Tickets at the door.
  • Delicious refreshments all day by Saltford Community Café.

Disabled access. Free parking. Nearest station - Keynsham.

More information: worldtextileday.co.uk

Special Event

10 Oct 2020

10 am - 4.30 pm

Fromsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire, WA6 7QN

World Textile Day - North of England

Our 2020 theme: Crossing Borders

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 by GUEST SPEAKERS Diane Gaffney and Magie Relph - textile collectors and traders. 'From Java to West Africa: a journey from batik to wax print'.
  • 2 pm SHORT TALK by Susan Briscoe - quilter, teacher and author. 'Stitch without Borders: sashiko goes global'. Plus TEXTILE WEAR & TELL - you're invited to wear and discuss your own world textile garment.
  • £3 per morning or afternoon session. Or £5 for both. Tickets at the door.
  • Delicious refreshments all day.

Disabled access. Free parking. Station - Frodsham.

More information: worldtextileday.co.uk

Oklah needs bottles

Our friend Oklah Tetteh in Koforidua, Ghana makes all of our bottle glass beads from old bottles. Some colours are hard for him to make because the bottles are scarce. These are the really valuable ones:

  • Gin - Bombay Sapphire, Plymouth and Blooms
  • Harvey's Bristol Cream sherry
  • Old Vines in Young Hands - Portuguese white wine

If you have any, please bring them to us and we'll take them to Ghana. Meda ase - thank you - from Oklah Tetteh.

 
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