After a few rescheduled dates, we are delighted to be able to host our annual Quilters' Fabric Sale on Sun 25 April. This year, we have a group of brand-new stallholders who will be bringing their fantastic work to the Maltings. Find out more about them and their work below.
Dovetailed are an African wax print fabric shop, selling sewing patterns, clothes-making and bag making kits and haberdashery. Adaku Parker is a barrister-turned-designer, who whilst on maternity leave with her second child, took several evening classes in clothes-making, tailoring, African fashion and pattern cutting. To start with, she made a simple tote bag and nows sews every day since learning. Adaku has recently published a sewing book Sewing with African Wax Print Fabric: 25 vibrant projects for handmade clothes and accessories which you can purchase on her website.
Owner of Oakapple Haberdashery Ellie Whitehead lives in Whitby, North Yorkshire. All the work in her online store is hand-picked, choosing things which her customers and herself love. Currently, she operates a subscription box, Sew Darn Sweet, which you can find out more information here. She also runs an Aurifil Thread Club - colour builders, to help customers build up their collection of threads.
Queen of Fabric
After an 8 year career in PR and Advertising, Emma grasped the opportunity to take over Queen of Fabric in Melbourne. Since then, she has brought the business over to London after a delay due to the pandemic last year. She will be bringing lots of kits from a wonderful array of Australian Designs, including her own as well as Etoile, Threadneedle Street, Love and Blueberries, A Pocket Full of Posies and Town & Country. She will also bring her recently launched bespoke Liberty Tana Lawn range.
Birdy and Blue Fabrics
Birdy and Blue Fabrics specialise in bright and inspiring cotton fabrics for the little (or not so little!) people in your life. Run by Sarah, the store stocks an ever-increasing range of haberdashery items for sewing projects, so customers can get everything in the one place. From top brand threads, to zips, bias binding tape and an assortment of handy sewing tools, they also take requests. In 2019 they invested in a 1974 T2 Campervan called Dolly, lovingly restored and converted to make a bespoke mobile fabric shop.
Made and Making
Made and Making is a crafter's heaven. Set within the South Downs Heritage Centre in Sussex, it's a light-filled studio hosting workshops in sewing, quilting, crochet, printmaking, papercraft and much more. Sarah Brangwyn and her guest tutors create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, providing expert guidance as you discover exciting new skills.
They can arrange private parties, events and one-to-one sessions, as well as offering online workshops, video tutorials and kits to make at home. Or treat yourself to one of their weekend retreats and settle into two uninterrupted days of sewing and conversation.