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Zero waste garment design: Jenny Hall exhibition

17 Oct 2019: From West Yorkshire 2 West Africa - an exhibition collection of 'zero waste garments' by our own Jenny  Hall - points the way toward a new way of thinking about the clothes we wear and how they are made.

Jenny never throws away fabric. ‘Every scrap will one day find a purpose,' she says.

And when it does, presto: zero waste garment design.

Jenny's collection of creative garments takes us back to a time when cloth was precious, dye was a luxury and every piece of cloth was treasured, mended and loved forever.

What a wonderful idea!

  • Until 24 November 2019
  • The Handmade Bakery, Canal Side, Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire, HD7 5HA

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West Yorkshire 2 West Africa: zero waste garment design by Jenny Hall


Visit the Handmade Bakery, Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire

Promotion for Rose as improvements continue at Sukuta Health Centre in The Gambia

28 May 2019: Big congratulations are in order for our friend Rose Mendy - Head Nurse at Sukuta Health Centre in The Gambia.

Musa just WhatsApped to tell us: Rose has been promoted to Regional Director. Well done, Rose!

We're not sure yet what that will mean for the clinic, so watch this space.

Meanwhile, under Rose and Musa's guidance, renovations and refurbishments proceed apace.

Musa visits the site most days to monitor progress and discuss new plans with Rose.

We've just had a new batch of photos arrive via WhatsApp. The boys are hard at work right converting the old watchman's house into staff accommodation.

So you see: all of that money you so generously parted with last Christmas in our online quilt sale is making a real difference for the staff and patients at the clinic. Thank you again!

Renovations continue at Sukuta Health Centre

World Textile Day Video

29 Apr 2019: With spring upon us, we're rampaging around the country with our spring season of World Textile Days. If you've never been, you don't know what you're missing. For a taste of the vibe, catch this great video by Jackie Newey, taken at World Textile Day Wales in Llanidloes in March. Enjoy!

£3,335 raised for Musa's clinic

3 Jan 2019: Our annual Christmas online quilt sale to raise money for the Sukuta Health Centre in The Gambia was - thanks to you! - another great success.

Our informal appeal to friends and customers for quilts and other textile creations for the sale brought in an astounding 39 pieces.

As soon as the sale went live at midnight on 1 December, the online orders started pouring in. Then at 10 a.m. when we opened the doors for our shop Open Day, customers thronged into the shop to buy pieces right off the walls.

In the end, only a couple of pieces remained unsold and when we totted up the takings at the close on 30 December, we had a wopping £3,335 in the pot. Every penny will go to the Sukuta Health Centre.

We visited the clinic in December and inspected all of the work done with last year's money. Through 2018 Rose and her team invested the £2,670 that you raised on significant building, plumbing, sanitation and electrical improvements - including new sealable sliding windows in the maternity ward and pharmacy, plus fans and air conditioning repairs. They even bought solar rechargable light bulbs!

What  lies ahead in 2019? Head nurse Rose Mendy and the village elders will meet soon to discuss  the options. One thing that is definitely in the pipeline is refurbishing beds and mattresses.

Thank you again for helping Musa's clinic.

Thanks for your generous support:
Magie and Musa with ward nurse Christine at Sukuta Health Centre in The Gambia


New sealable windows keep dust and prying eyes out of the pharmacy

SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS announced for World Textile Days 2019

19 Sep 2018: Our season of eight - yes 8! - World Textile Days next year will be truly INSPIRING.

With our new theme - Inspired to Create - every World Textile Day will feature exhibtions and presentations by our inspiring Guest Artists, as well as our world textiles experts.

What makes our guest artists special?

That's easy. They've all been inspired to create by world travel and textiles.

Here the schedule: mark your calendar now!

  • 23 Mar 2019. Wales - Llanidloes. With Jacquie Carey: Japanese kumihimo and medieval braiding expert and author.
  • 13 April 2019. South East - Surrey. With Jennifer Hughes: Asian textiles expert and collector, teacher, embroiderer, weaver and dyer.
  • 11 May 2019. South - Hampshire. With Janice Gunner: award winning textile artist, quilter, teacher and author.
  • 1 Jun 2019.  Central - Oxfordshire. With Heather Koumi: award winning batik artist and teacher.
  • 15 Jun 2019. Scotland - Bridge of Allan. With Pat Archibald: award winning textile artist, quilter and teacher.
  • 7 Sep 2019. East - Norfolk. With Magie Relph: textile artist, quilter, collector, author and African textiles expert.
  • 28 Sep 2019. North - Cheshire. With Janice Gunner: award winning textile artist, quilter, teacher and author.
  • 5 Oct 2019. West - Bristol. With Isabella Whitworth: natural dyeing artist, historical dyes expert, teacher and lecturer.

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