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£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.

Check out all the details on our new, improved website: www.worldtextileday.co.uk

 


John Gillow bestows honour upon Magie Relph

John Gillow - renowned author, inveterate traveller and world textiles expert - recently pinned Magie with his esteemed blessing and honour: the Guinea Star (with bar) medal, awarded for three months of hard travel by bus, minibus, clapped out Peugot and donkey cart across West Africa.

Did you know that we stock John's book African Textiles: Colour and Creativity Across a Contintent?

Magie Relph and John Gillow
Magie Relph and John Gillow at Antique Textile Fair, Manchester
 
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