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Archive 2020

Looking back at 2020

Yes, 2020 was certainly a strange year. Here's a recap of the year of COVID at the African Fabric Shop.

£3,048 raised for Musa’s clinic : 4 Jan 2020

Amazing! YOU - our loyal customers and devoted fans of African fabrics - splashed out  very nicely on our annual online quilt sale to raise money for Sukuta Health Centre in The Gambia. Along with several substantial cash donations, the total raised was £3,048.

From the staff and volunteers at Sukuta Health Centre, ‘Thank you ALL for your heartfelt concern for our clinic and patients.’

Our next online quilt sale to support Sukuta Health Centre will be in the summer of 2021.

That gives our makers plenty of time to create some totally irresistible quilts that will sell like hotcakes.

Musa, Magie and ward nurse Christine inspect latest renovations at Sukuta Health Centre in The Gambia

'Gentle' workshops at The African Fabric Shop : 14 Jan 2020

  • Join Jenny for her 'gentle' No Sew Lampshade workshop
  • What we endure to bring your fabrics back from Africa
  • NEW vintage Kente cloths on website
  • Eeny, meeny, miny, moe... which basket can you not live without?
  • More...
Join Jenny for her No Sew Lampshade workshop

Fabric hunting in Africa : 17 Feb 2020

  • Going 'on safari' to Stitched Up and Fleeced Studio in Sheffield
  • Bob's talk - Fabric Hunting in Africa
  • Magie's workshop - A Postcard from Africa
  • Shop Open Day and Spring Sale - 21 Mar 2020 - online too!
  • NEW San bushmen designs from South Africa
  • NEW indigo from Musa
  • NEW baskets and fans
  • More...
Bob smuggling fabrics across the Senegal-Gambia border

Crossing Borders: our World Textile Days for 2020 : 11 Mar 2020

  • All the venues across England, Scotland and Wales
  • All the speakers
  • All the details
  • More...
Our 2020 theme: Crossing Borders

How we're coping with COVID-19 : 18 Mar 2020

  • World Textile Day Wales - rescheduled to 24 Oct 2020
  • World Textile Day South East - cancelled
  • Pausing to reflect - looking back at Ebola and our travels in Guinea in 2016
  • More...
Food vendor: Kissidougou, Guinea, 2016

World Textile Day Wales goes virtual : 26 Mar 2020

  • 10% discount online at our virtual World Textile Day Wales
  • More...
Bob and his strip cloth quilt 'Fugu Man' at World Textile Day Wales 2019

Log Cabin + Shwe Shwe special : 7 Apr 2020

  • NEW Courthouse Steps with Attitude Kit by Janice Gunner
  • How to tell if it's genuine Shwe Shwe fabric from South Africa
  • Virtual Log Cabin project - quilters respond to COVID-19
  • Our friends in Africa are worried about us - what about them?
  • More...
Close-up of quilt block: our new Courthouse Steps with Attitude Kit by Janice Gunner

COVID-19 devastates Africa : 22 Apr 2020

  • Pandemic devastates Africa: no markets, no travel, no money
  • How are our suppliers and friends coping?
  • NEW Maseru bracelet kit with Shwe Shwe fabrics
  • Our online 10% off sale with discount code
  • Virtual Quilt project goes viral
  • COVID-19 appeal for our African suppliers and friends
  • More...
No beads, no traders, no money: the empty bead market in Koforidua, Ghana

The people behind the cloth + COVID-19 appeal : 7 May 2020

  • Our batik makers Neneh Jallow in The Gambia and Esther Amate in Ghana
  • Perpetual's African wax print emporium in Accra, Ghana
  • Virtual Quilt project  tops 315 log cabin blocks
  • COVID-19 appeal for our African suppliers and friends
  • More...
On our Ghana tours, we always do a hands-on workshop with Esther. Before we get our hands on her batik stamps, Esther entertains us with how she got starterd.

The people behind the beads + COVID-19 appeal : 21 May 2020

  • Our artisan bead makers in Ghana: the 'brass bead boys' in Kofofrom, Oklah Tetteh in Kofofidua and Amina Sango in Kumasi
  • Watch excited 'thank you' video from the Bannor, Kwaku and the brass bead boys for your generous donations in our COVID-19 appeal
  • Jenny, we miss you - how we're coping with lockdown
  • Please give generously to our COVID-19 appeal for our African suppliers and friends
  • More...
Watch the video: the brass bead boys say 'thank you' for your COVID-19 donations

£2,450 for COVID relief in Africa + Virtual World Textile Day online sale : 10 Jun 2020

  • Thank for all for donating £2,450 to help out during Africa's COVID lockdown - champion!
  • Our June World Textile Days in Oxfordshire and Scotland are cancelled, of course - so we're going virtual with an online sale - 10% off with your exclusive promo code - only available to subscribers of our e-Newsletter. Sign up now
  • NEW on website: some very special flat dish baskets from Bolgatanga
  • Plus: NEW vintage textile fragment packs
  • More...
Magie mining for textile treasure: our new Vintage Textile Fragments

Inspiration Special - ideas + fabric: 13 Jul 2020

  • Dazzling batik lengths - perfect for dressmaking
  • New inspirations on our website - decor, fashion quilts and crafts
  • For the love of indigo
  • Magie's WhatsApp shopping spree in Ghana
  • Masks show off African fabrics
  • African wax print stories on BBC
  • More...
Our latest batik collection: - perfect for dressmaking

Janice Gunner limited edition selections: 25 Sep 2020

  • NEW Janice Gunner limited editions - selected by WhatsApp
  • NEW mud cloths from Mali
  • World Textile Days - planned go-aheads for Bristol and Wales in October
  • Follow our Instagram feed for perpetual inspiration
  • More...
Janice Gunner and Magie:
Selecting fabrics by WhatsApp

Torn, tattered and tactile: 12 Oct 2020

  • NEW vintage textile fragment packs
  • NEW limited edition hand-dyed embroidery threads
  • NEW special collection batiks - perfect for dressmaking
  • SUCCESS... we did it... our first COVID safe World Textile Day in Bristol - thank you all for coming
  • World Textile Day Wales - planned to go ahead 24 Oct
  • More...
Magie, Diane Gaffney and Mouse (the dog):
COVID safe precautions at World Textile Day West in Saltford, Bristol

African Home Decor: 28 Oct 2020

Jenny Hall: Designer, creator and no waste champion

Christmas Ideas + Christmas Hampers: 16 Nov 2020

Our new Christmas Hampers: Bolga baskets filled with fabrics, beads, threads and more

Almost Christmas updates: 15 Dec 2020

Magie's Shwe Shwe snowman says, 'Happy holidays!'
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