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An Introduction to sewing with African wax print fabrics!!

An Introduction to sewing with African wax print fabrics!!
Come and learn how to sew with African wax print fabrics! During this four week course, you will learn many basic machine and hand sewing skills an...

Some of your frequently asked questions

Some of your frequently asked questions

Can I wash the fabric?

Yes, as with most fabrics it is good practice to wash and 'press' before you cut and sew. Simply put in your machine on a cool wash.  However, given that the fabric has a stiff / waxy finish, you may wish to skip the washing step if you are bag making, for example.

Real wax v Imi wax: How to tell the difference.

Real wax v Imi wax: How to tell the difference.
The design is only printed on one side of the fabric. This is perhaps the easiest way to distinguish Real Wax from Imi Wax. 

How Dutch-made wax print fabric penetrated the African market.

How Dutch-made wax print fabric penetrated the African market.
Unlike Indonesians, West Africans regarded the crackles as unique and special rather than as imperfections. The West African fondness for the crackle effect is so pronounced that wax manufacturers today still program these imperfections into the printing process.

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! 

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.

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.

Sewing Quarter 29th March 2019

Sewing Quarter 29th March 2019
Watch "Sewing Quarter - Friday 29th March 2019" on YouTube

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...