Find our fantastic fabrics, beads and fair trade baskets in London

8-12 Oct 2014 at Alexandra Palace

The Knitting & Stitching Show is one of the top textile shows in the UK and Europe.

Right now Magie and Isobel are busy putting together a wonderful selection of fabrics and beads to tempt you. Look out especially for our newly arrived Kudhinda hand-screen prints from Zimbabwe. It's great to have then back in stock again. Wow!

Meanwhile, Bob is out in the garden shaping a colourful array of our stunning Bolga baskets.

Find us in our usual place in the Textile Gallery: Stand TGD4

Thank you Norfolk and East Anglia for a great World Textile Day

NOW Mark your calendars: World Textile Day Bristol

Our latest World Textile Day in Norfolk on 22 Sep proved a great day out for lovers of great textiles and great cakes - courtesy this year of our good friends at Alveva Quilters.

The warm welcome in Mundford was fantastic. Many thanks to everyone for your support and enthusiasm for world textiles.

We have one more World Textile Day in 2014:

  • 1 Nov - West of England in Bristol

The concept is simple:

Fill the hall with a FREE exhibition of world textiles - many of them for sale.

Add morning and afternoon lectures by world textile experts John Gillow and Martin Conlan (£2 per lecture, tickets at the door).

Plus home baked goodies by a local quilt group

And there you have it: World Textile Day!


For anyone who loves textiles and costume, World Textile Day is a fascinating and stimulating event... a great day out.

Popular Patchwork


World textile experts share their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with you - the clothaholics of the world.

Workbox magazine


Textiles and goodies galore:
World Textile Day 2014 visits Norfolk

More info: www.worldtextileday.co.uk

NEW: Postmaster's Choice Adventure Packs of colourful African fabrics

When our local postmaster James took up patchwork, he asked us for a random selection of our brightest 'rainbow of colours'. His first quilt was a great success and presto: our Postmaster's Choice Adventure Pack was born.

Each Adventure Pack includes these colourful African fabrics, 4 Fat Quarters of each:

  • Hand-dyed batik from West Africa
  • African wax prints
  • Da Viva African print from Ghana
  • Langa Lapu sunprints, hand-dyed in South Africa
  • Amafu screen prints, hand-dyed in South Africa

View and buy: Postmaster's Choice fabrics

View quilt: Postmaster's Choice

Exact patterns vary with stock available. The image represents a typical selection of patterns. Move mouse over image to view another random selection.

They're back! Kudhinda fabrics, screen-printed by hand in Zimbabwe

These fantastic, vibrantly colourful cotton fabrics from designer Ros Byrne in Harare haven't been produced for a few years - much to the frustration of Kudhinda's multitude of fans around the world.

Now, we have great news. Ros and her team of talented printers are back in production.

Better still: we have them right here at The African Fabric Shop.

Even better: with Kudhinda back in stock, it means our fantstic Dorothy Deane designed Kudhinda bag kits are back online as well.

View and buy: Kudhinda Zimbabwe Screen Prints

View and buy: Kudhinda Stripe Bag Kit

View and buy: Kudhinda Zig Zag Bag Kit

Click to order Kudhinda fabrics

How about our fantastic Kudhinda Bag Kits?
Designed exclusively for The African Fabric Shop by Dorothy Deane

Great new batiks on website NOW

Our latest batch of hand-dyed batiks from West Africa is truly wonderful.

They literally flew off the stand at Festival of Quilts.

As this is the biggest quilt fest in Europe, naturally many batiks were destined for inclusion in colourful, Africa-inspired quilts. But many dedicated fabric hunters had other ideas.

Longer lengths of our African batiks are perfect for clothing as well.

View and buy: African batik fabrics.

NEW Kuba cloth: beautiful and collectable

Kuba cloth made from hand-woven raffia palm is one of the great textile traditions of The Congo.

Kuba demonstrates a range of textile art techniques: weaving, patchwork, appliqué, and embellishment.

We have some great new Kuba cloths on the website. Some of these pieces are quite old, quite large and quite collectable. Well worth checking out.

View and buy: Kuba cloth.

NEW embroidered panels from Kenya

Christine Kibuka hand-embroiders a beautiful range of pictorial panels. She's just sent us some new bird designs: lovely!

View and buy: Mitumba Embroidery

Click to order Kenya embroidery

Turaco

Click to order Kenya embroidery

Guinea Fowl

Kola nut, indigo and sashiko

Elizabeth Seville usually works in felt, but here she's taken a diversion - combining wonderful sashiko stitching with our Kola nut and indigo fabrics.

Musa works almost exclusively with these traditional dyes, keeping alive a long textile tradition of the Senegambia region.

He uses a variety of resist techniques - from wax stamping to tie and dye - to create his designs.

See also: Kola and Indigo Panels

© Elizabeth Seville

Now on YouTube: How to reshape a Bolga basket

When we post out our fantastic made in Ghana fair trade Bolga baskets, we send them flattened and wrapped in bubble wrap: 'Flat as a hat,' in Bob's words.

Our baskets are so well made that reshaping them to perfection is easy and only takes a few minutes.

To show you how, Bob has just published on You Tube a short video: How to reshape a Bolga basket.

View: Bolga Fair Trade Baskets

Jenni Smith

African Elephant

Jenni has been doing some lovely work using our African wax print fabrics, combining them on a background of hand-dyed indigo damask.

View: African wax print fabrics.

View: Kola nut and indigo fabrics.


© Jenni Smith

Our acclaimed book

African Wax Print: A Textile Journey

African wax print holds a very special place in Magie's heart. When she first ventured into the chaos of an African market in 1984, African wax print fabric just grabbed her. It hasn't let go since.

Not only does Magie use African wax print fabric in her work as a textile artist, she has done extensive research into its history, manufacture, design, use and importance as an icon of African style.

So here we have it: the only book devoted exclusively to African wax print fabric!

Only £13.95

I love this book. It is interesting, informative, funny, thought provoking. The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Spring 2011.

Magie and Bob took me on a magical journey to Africa through not only their words, but the images and inspirational textile art that illustrate their story. A fabric feast to make your mouth water. Janice Gunner, stitched textile artist and author of Shibori for Textile Artists.

The African Fabric Shop Supports the Dream Children's Home in Kenya

Africa is very important to us and we travel there as often as we can to source new fabrics, beads and baskets. In addition to supporting small-scale craft producers, we try to give a bit more back to Africa by donating to small African charities.

On Magie's latest trip to Kenya she visited the Dream Children's Home in the Ngong Hills near Nairobi. This inspiring project provides shelter, food, clothing, medical care, counselling, education and hope for needy orphans who have nowhere else to turn.

We are now supporting the Dream Children's Home directly through our own modest donation programme. For every sale of our Safari and Skin Print fabrics and Safari Print Adventrue Packs, we donate a percentage to this very worthy cause.

Find our more: www.dreamchildrenshome-kenya-orphanage.org

And donate directly: www.betterplace.org

Using African Fabrics

What can you do with African fabrics?

Answer: Visit our customer gallery, aptly called Using African Fabrics.

From quilts to wallhangings. From bags to clothing. You're sure to be inspired by what our innovative and creative customers have been working on.