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What is African Wax Print Fabric?

What is African Wax Print Fabric?

The term ‘African wax print’ is a term of art used to identify a category of textiles in vibrant colours which are printed by machine using wax resins and dyes so that they have a batik-like effect on both sides of the fabric. 

 

The Great Big Pattern Swap 2019

The Great Big Pattern Swap 2019
It's been fantastic being one of the sponsors of this event: The Great Big Pattern Swap! Following last year's success, this event is running again! 

The Festival of Quilts is back!!!

The Festival of Quilts is back!!!
The Festival of Quilts is back!! This event is the biggest patchwork and quilting event in Europe and will be taking place between 1 - 4 August 2019 at the Birmingham NEC.

Dovetailed African wax print fabrics featured in Sew Magazine's August 2019 edition!!

Dovetailed African wax print fabrics featured in Sew Magazine's August 2019 edition!!
Great news! Dovetailed African wax print fabrics have been featured in the dressmaking section of Sew Magazine's August 2019 edition!  

Thread .... A festival of textiles, Farnham, Maltings Saturday 8th June 2019 9 am - 5 pm

Thread .... A festival of textiles, Farnham, Maltings Saturday 8th June 2019 9 am - 5 pm
With a marketplace of quality exhibitors selling supplies for your own textile projects, artists and makers selling handcrafted work, a programme of talks, participatory sessions, demonstrations and bookable workshops, thread is a packed day out.

'Althea' Sewing Pattern: The A-line Skirt with an elasticated waistband and huge pockets!!

'Althea' Sewing Pattern: The A-line Skirt with an elasticated waistband and huge pockets!!
I wanted to create a sewing pattern that was genuinely easy and 'Althea' is that pattern. It's perfect for new sewers and with only two pattern pieces, it makes pattern matching a breeze. More experienced sewers should be able to make this skirt in about an hour or so. 

Sewing Quarter Friday 10th May 2019

Sewing Quarter Friday 10th May 2019
African Wax Fabrics with Adaku Parker on Sewing Quarter Friday 10th May 2019.

My workshop: Where the 'magic' happens.

My workshop: Where the 'magic' happens.
As a creative person, it is so important that I have a space to work and to be ... well .... creative.  All my handmade creations are made by me. I...

Where my love of all things African print began.

Where my love of all things African print began.
I'd always grown up with African print but I always associated it with 'African' events such as African weddings, birthdays, anniversary celebratio...

So I learnt to sew

So I learnt to sew
It was when on maternity leave for the second time that I decided to start a number of Adult Education evening and weekend classes. I studied cloth...

Welcome to Dovetailed: An African wax print fabric shop.

Welcome to Dovetailed: An African wax print fabric shop.
Welcome to Dovetailed: An African wax print fabric shop.