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Friday, 28 October 2011

African Waxed Prints

I found these at Abakhan Fabrics in the Northern Quarter.  Very reasonably priced, loads of patterns to choose from.  They are just like those used in the displays at MOSI.  I think that Tootal's South African Division still exists in Manchester, but I could be wrong ... I always remember seeing it from the car as a little girl ...

Anyone for tea?

Thursday, 27 October 2011


Otherwise known as the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, located in Castlefield.  This is where you need to go if you want to trace the story of textiles.  You can follow through on 'The Fabric Trail' from the growing of cotton to manufacture.  See machines demonstrating spinning and weaving, then how the finished cloth is dyed and printed.  The story begins around the time of the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century and traces the development of the city into what was known as, 'cottonopolis'.  I always go here if I'm in the area because the museum is constantly changing and adding to it's collections and galleries.  I managed another visit on the way to Wales.  A few photos to give an idea of the place ... I seem to have focused on African prints this time.  Another claim to fame for the city, in that this is where they were (are, I think ...) manufactured for export.  I even managed to buy some, which I'll post after this.

All about William Henry Perkin, known for discovering mauveine dye, or, 'Perkin's Purple' 

Some of the print blocks used in manufacture

Bales of African prints

Wednesday, 19 October 2011


It's been busy, busy, busy over the past few weeks and I've got plenty to post about - it's just that I've been 'doing'!  I've been on holiday, moved offices at work, carried on with my sewing projects and cracked on with my City and Guilds in Hand Knitting Module 4.  The latter is now very near completion.  So, watch this space over the next couple of weeks!