Posts Tagged ‘Ghana’

Hey, everyone  —  believe it or not, spring is on its way, which means NOW is the time to plan your post-hibernation creative activities!  We just confirmed “Kente & Culture”, a great event with our friend and Ghana’s master kente weaver, Kwasi Asare on Sunday, May 5.


He’ll give an informal presentation on kente cloth and its role in Ghanaian culture, then lead you in creating your own kente sample strip on a hand loom!  PLUS, to keep the vibe flowing, we’ll end the event by serving a light buffet of African-Caribbean cuisine, and it’s included in the workshop cost. ; )

If you’ve joined me on previous Ghana SewJourns, Kwasi will be familiar to you as our kente expert! It’s an event you won’t want to miss…  Register online or call Lisa at 866-MUDCLOTH (866-683-2568).  Space is limited!

(Even better, while you’re here for the event, you can also contribute your block for our “Sew It, Sign It” signature quilt project, benefitting Sickle Cell awareness!) 

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Remember our purple Prince symbol fabric auction from a few months back? And how it raised over $120 with Christina’s winning bid?  Well, Daniel combined that with donations from some other friends, and was able to present gifts to Calvary School, in Ekon Cape Coast, located in Ghana’s Central Region.

Specifically, he purchased school supplies, book bags and more — check out the pix he sent:

We’re very proud of Daniel for so many reasons, including this project he has created from nothing, impacting the lives of these students.  I plan to visit Calvary School with him when I go to Ghana later this year with some more materials for the children.  Stay tuned!   — lisa

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This article is giving me LIFE… I had to stop what I was doing (working on Fabrigasm issue #6) to share this article with you…

I’m hoping that Ghana’s new president, Nana Akufo-Addo, will help to bring quality African-led fabric production back to the region. You might remember his January 7, 2017 inauguration outfit. Since then, his love for African prints is becoming a Thing.


Cultured Expressions - Nana Akoufo-Addo

President Akufo-Addo, who is known for his sharp suits, seems to have developed a new love for African prints and is making waves with his new shirts. Read more

cultured Expressions - Nana Akufo Addo

Cultured Expressions - Nana Akufo-Addo

Cultured Expressions - Nana Akufo-Addo



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Brass Round AccentsYep, these Cultured Expressions favorites are now back in stock! We searched for, and finally found, a new Brass artist in Ghana to handcraft these distinctive coin-style brass accents just for us!  Even better, you can now choose the specific style you want.

I love these as stand-alone pendants, and zipper pulls and handbag accents.  Or, string together with a few Beads on either side for a fast and fabulous necklace for yourself or a special gift.

Also coming back soon:  Brass Adinkra BUTTONS!


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makin' waistbeads - Lisa Shepard StewartI found myself wanting some waistbeads over the weekend, so I watched a few YouTube vids and mashed bits of information together. Based on my online crash course, I opted for the Stretch Magic cording over the regular wire, for comfort and better showerability (you’re not supposed to remove them even when bathing).

Learn more about waistbeads here and here.

So far, so good.  String them was very relaxing.  It would be a fun Cultured Expressions workshop…who’s in??


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BatikShipmentSP14Today’s post is dedicated to my friends at U.S. Customs.  They are a friendly, happy bunch…

This shipment of jacquard batiks just came in (after a paperwork mixup that delayed its arrival for two extra days!) and I’m thrilled to see it here in my office finally!  The colors are gorgeous, and this batch includes a few fabrigasmic patchwork pieces – YES, I said PATCHWORK, as in ALREADY STITCHED, beautifully coordianted juicy little squares of batiks, canustandit???   One of them is shown in the foreground of the photo.  Check them out at our upcoming events.  Until then I’ll be prepping the fabrics for a private group workshop this Saturday, and another next Tuesday.  Swoon… 

If you can’t make an event, shop online for 5-packs of Jacquard Batik Fat Quarters or 60-Pack of 7-inch squares.


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ModelRustForestOK, friends, I know this is a longshot, but back on January 5 of 2013, Cultured Expressions was a vendor and presenter at the Supernatural Hair event in South Orange.  Among the many pix we took was one of this lovely model / customer (wrapped by yours truly)   I had a great time picking people from the audience to get wrapped on the spot, and choosing a fabric to match their outfit, or makeup, or accessories, on the spot!

Don’t you love natural beauty? I want to use this photo in a headwrap project sheet (coming soon!)  and I would love to get in touch with her.  If you ARE her, or you KNOW her, please get in touch with me.   And there’s a REWARD, too! If you can lead me to her, you will earn a gorgeous Jacquard Batik Headwrap of your very own  ; )  Thanks in advance  — lisa

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Fabrigasm3DeliveryYAAAYY!!!!  The good news – We just got our delivery from the printer, and Fabrigasm Issue #3 is now a real, real reality. UPS just made it before The Storm!

The bad news —  The snow is just starting, so I probably won’t get to the post office to ship the advance orders until Saturday! (I guess it would take me that long to process these anyway… ) Thanks to everyone who took advantage of our Dec 31 FREE SHIPPING deadline.  If you missed it, you can order your copy online now from Cultured Expressions.

It’s an oversized 36-page issue, with images from the SewJourn exhibit in Ghana! Also, read about our next SewJourn – we’re headed to Santa Fe, NM this fall!  Plus… exhibit reception pix, tips for planning your sewing year, Stuff We Like, two free projects, upcoming events, retail therapy, the Goat Gallery of course, thought-provoking discussion questions, and other inspiring things.

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The quilts for Cultured Expressions upcoming exhibit in Accra are beginning to arrive here at the CE office, and I couldn’t wait to share a few detail shots with you…a total of about 35-40 pieces will be displayed! Some of the artists will be in Ghana with me, others will not, but the representation of fiber artistry will be fabulous… Remember, there is still time to choose your favorite perk as a Thank-You for supporting the exhibit through our Indiegogo campaign, now thru August 26!  And please share the campaign link with friends & family…



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Admittedly, Woodin is actually not my favorite African fabric source, but still I feel the need to pay my respects whenever I’m at Accra Mall.  But I have to say, this visit, I was pleassantly surprised – I turned up these 2 cotton prints (they’re a nice canvas/home dec weight)…plus, the sales clerk was devoid of the usual “We’re Woodin and You’re Not” attitude, and they even had free posters!!  Maybe they got the memo! haha…

Hopefully they’ll keep up these imorpvements for Cultured Expressions’ October 2013 SewJourn to Ghana — but that IS an entire year away…

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