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This year we are back at the Spring edition of the Knitting and Stitching Show. The Knitting & Stitching Shows are the definitive events for anyone with a love of textile based craft. The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show champions creativity with hundreds of workshops, demonstrations, interactive features on offer as well as 200 exhibitors selling specialist craft supplies. Spend a day re-stocking your yarn stash, learning to knit, mastering the art of tailoring and more.

Urbanstax will be on STAND G20 (stop by if you are visiting) and we have 5 free tickets to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post. We will then select names at random from all those who leave a comment and send them tickets to the show. (Kindly note that tickets will only be sent to addresses in the United Kingdom. Please also note that the free tickets cannot be used on Saturday, the 3rd of March). More information about the show below.

Winners will be chosen on Friday the 16th of February. Good luck and keep the comments coming. We look forward to picking the winners!

WHEN: 1st to 4th March, 2018

WHERE: Kensington Olympia, London

SHOW OPENING TIMES

THURSDAY 1st MARCH: 10.00 AM to 7.00 PM

FRIDAY 2nd MARCH: 10.00 AM to 5.30 PM

SATURDAY 3rd MARCH: 10.00 AM to 5.30 PM

SUNDAY 4th MARCH: 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM

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Purple Aso Oke

Every year, Pantone declares a colour of the year and for 2018 it is Ultra Violet. I know, I know. There are some people that will say Ultra Violet is simply purple. Well whatever the case, we are getting in the spirit of things and jumping right in and showing you what we have in purple/ Ultra Violet.

Interestingly, we have purples in our different types of fabric. A purple batik from Nigeria, a purple wax print from Ghana and purple woven strip textile also from Nigeria. All have a bit of dazzle about them.

So here goes, a dose of Ultra Violet!

 

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Friday Fun- Owanbe by Simi

Because it is the start of the weekend. Some music and of course colourful fashion to ease the senses into the weekend mood.

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Look What They Made! Tara

We loooooove to see what our lovely customers have made and the very creative Tara has set the ball rolling for the year. Bring on 2018! Tara bought the Ghanaian Snail print from us and this print has proved particularly popular in the bright red version. (We must get more in stock!).

Now look at the clever combination she has made. Two pieces that can be worn separately as well as together. Three outfits in one, to be styled in quite a number of ways depending on the mood you are in or occasion you are attending.

I love a print skirt any day and my favourite look of Tara’s is the one with the denim jacket. So cool.

Thanks so much for sending us your pictures!

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End of Year Clearance Sale

Check out our clearance section and pick up some great bargains. Start off the new year with a new project.

Discounts of up to 50% on batiks and prints. Just click through to the clearance section.

HAVE A GREAT START TO THE YEAR!

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When you have the most creative customers…. Alison of @thestitchistsews does the layered print on print look! She stopped by to say hello at the knitting and stitching show earlier this year. Her outfit incorporates the Olive Green and Blue Ankara Print.

She brought me a lovely gift; a clever little head wrap with no complicated tying required! Very cool and thank you.

We’d love to see and share YOUR creations. Just tag (#urbanstax), or email us an image you like and we will give you a discount in your next order with us.

Have a great week.

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Your African Fabric Wishlist

African Fabric Wishlist

Hope you have had a good week so far. It’s nearly the weekend. Yay! Just some news on the website. You can now create a wishlist of your favourite fabric picks. Just click on the heart by the fabric you like and it gets added to you wishlist, saving them all for you in one spot where you can decide which you would like to buy.

You can also share your selection on social media or with friends and family, making it easier for them to get you that birthday or Christmas gift!

Dive in and start building your wishlist today.

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Anne in Urbanstax

The lovely Anne bought the Nigerian Mulitcoloured Batik from us at the Festival of Quilts earlier this year. Check out out her gorgeous dress. I think it makes a simple yet stylish outfit which can be worn quite formally. You can definitely wear this to work!

What I find particularly interesting is that a lot of people are worried about distinct patterns often present in African batiks and print and about pattern matching in order to achieve a nice professional finish to their garments. Anne executed this quite well and even though the pattern is bold, it lends itself well to the style she has chosen.

Thanks so much for sending us your picture!

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At shows and events where I have Aso-oke on display, I often get asked what exactly it is and what it is used for. A lot of people are often surprised that it is used for clothing and this is understandable as the textile is thick and weighty.

U.Mi-1 (pronounced you.me.one) is a fashion label which has a new menswear collection called ‘The Revellers’. The collection incorporates this beautiful textile wonderfully. This is what they say about the collection.

“The Revellers is the third and final instalment celebrating the Yoruba -the southwest people of Nigeria. It is inspired by the Aso-Oke, a 15cm-width hand-loomed traditional regal cloth worn at festivals and important events. Reminiscent of the dandies from the 30’s jazz era, equally famed for their party revelry, the spirit of summer is seen through voluminous jackets and high-waisted trousers made from strips of fabric that colourful lining peak through. We invite you to experience the Yoruba’s spirit of lightness, optimism and frivolity”.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces from their collection but be sure to check out The Revellers to see more.

 

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This fun yet versatile Butterfly print is our fabric of the week. It is produced in Nigeria on 100% cotton and features an abstract butterfly print, available in three colourways. The main colour of all three versions is navy blue but each has a slightly different background and highlight colour.

All are available to purchase by the yard by clicking on the images below.

I have made a simple tunic dress from the version with the cream background and it has turned out quite nicely. Easy to wear as a dress in the summer and great for layering with leggings or jeans in the colder weather!

What sewing ideas do you have for an abstract butterfly print?

 

Butterfly Print Ankara

Butterfly Print Ankara

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