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On this page, my aim is to provide some useful links that I think will have direct relevance to people who visit the site and have an interest in textile art, as well as African fabrics and textile heritage.
Therefore, I will keep the list relatively short and and selective. I will only include a link if I think it is both relevant and useful.
Listings are alphabetical by surname.
Words and Pixels
Are you a quilter, textile artist or small business? Are you interested in having your own website to promote your work? My husband Bob Irwin, The Saturday Boy, specialises in creating quality, affordable websites for small businesses, including some of the textile artist listed here.
Textile Artists, Quilters and Teachers
Anglia Textile Works
Anglia Textile Works is a group of internationally recognised, contemporary textile artists based in East Anglia in the United Kingdom.
Susan is a talented and established textile artist, quilter, teacher and author based in Wales. Much of her work is inspired by her passion for Japan.
C. June Barnes
June Barnes is a quiltmaker and teacher based in East Sussex.
Jane Callender - Callishibori
Jane is a wonderful textile artist who specialises in creating Indigo Shibori. She offers excellent workshops, as well as a range of Indigo and Shibori products on her website.
Helen is one of the most talented and prolific textile artists I know. I've given up being surprised when ever she sends me a new image of a new piece of wonderful work. Several of Helen's designs are now available in kit form from The African Fabric Shop.
Helen Deighan - Crossways Patch
Helen is a well-known dyer, quilter, teacher and author, based in Hampshire.
Janice is an award-winning quiltmaker, City and Guilds tutor and author based in London. Her website has excellent images of her work and information about her workshops in the UK and Europe.
Annette is a well-known UK textile artist and teacher. Her website has some great images of her brilliant quilts.
Roselle Abramowitz designs artwear clothing that is truly stunning and unique. Though she lives a long way from Africa in Stowe, Vermont, USA, she often uses my African textiles in her designs.
Voyage Art Textiles Group
Magie Relph is a member of this group of textile artists drawn from around the world who vary in both their experience and in the nature of expression of their art. Their work broadly encompasses the understanding of a quilt in its loosest form.
Voyage Art Textiles Group
African Textiles and Design
Adire African Textiles
Informative website and online shop devoted to the creative work of textile artists, dyers, weavers and embroiderers of West Africa. Operated by Duncan Clarke, who has published several books about African textiles.
Textile and African Travel
Creative Arts Safaris
Fiona Wright specialises in hands-on learning safaris focusing on the creative arts, especially textiles. She has run highly successful tours in India, Rajasthan, Bhutan, Vietnam, Syria, Morocco and Europe. Magie Relph and Bob Irwin have joined the Creative Arts Safari team. We led the first very successful Glorious Ghana tour in January 2012.
Mara Eden Safari Camp
My good friend and fellow quilter Gretchen Saunders - who has lived and worked in Kenya for 20 years - is a partner in this small, friendly safari camp in Kenya's incomparable Masai Mara Game Reserve. The reviews on Trip Advisor are great, so 'Well done, Gretchen'.
The Quilters' Guild of The British Isles
The Guild is a leading organisation devoted to promoting the arts and crafts of patchwork, quilting and appliqué in the UK.
The Embroiderers' Guild
The UK's national organisation for embroidery.
The Kenya Quilt Guild
Kenya's national guild boasts a growing membership of enthusiastic and talented quilters who have exhibited both at home and abroad.
World Textiles, Fabrics and Supplies
Hand-printed, blue dyed fabrics imported from Hungary. These fabrics are part of the same "blue dye" tradition as my Shwe Shwe fabric from South Africa.
Ann Mayner stocks quality patchwork and quilting fabrics, including limited edition Japanese fabrics, black and white prints, and batiks. Located in historic Arkwright's Mill in Cromford, Derbyshire.
Jim and Diane Gaffney have been researching and collecting textiles from across Asia for almost thirty years. Their expertise and fair trade ethos bring a special quality to their shop in Bishops Castle, Shropshire. You'll also find them at major textile shows around the UK, including World Textile Day in Wales, Scotland and England.
Trapsuutjies Fabric Paint
High quality fabric paints, plus stamps and stencils. The website features illustrated tips and techniques in English, Dutch and French.
Meri Hunneyball specialises in unique, fair trade textiles, clothing and handicrafts, which she sources personally in remote Andean villages.
Beads and Jewellery
Jewellery With Attitude
Wonderful jewellery creations, many made using recycled glass beads from The African Fabric Shop.
Valerie Hearder's African Threads organisation in Nova Scotia, Canada supports women's economic empowerment in South Africa by selling their beautiful arts and crafts.
Colours of Africa
Colours of Africa is Colours an exhibition of textile art in Essen, Belgium which raises money for development projects in Witzenberg, South Africa.