Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tambani in France

Le Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork

 Annemiek Stijnen en Oda Baars
Tambani is part of the stall of Elly Prins.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tote-Ally Awesome

We found this nice pattern in the May issue of "Your Family", a South African Woman's magazine.
It was fun making and the result is pretty neat. We used one elephant of our screen print sets of four. As well as bright blue ShweShwe. We turned the fabric around to show off the renowned brand stamp.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tshimbeloni - flying geese

The well-liked series of masks belonging to the even well-loved folk tale about Tshimbeloni has been redesigned. We created this wall-hanging for the exclusive blue masks.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

This beauty comes to Ste. Marie

This beautiful quilt is designed, sewn and quilted by Oda Baars and Annemiek Stijnen. They used all available screenprints and framed those in the most happy and bright colours. All screenprints will be for sale at the Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork in Ste. Marie from 14-18 September. Tambani is part of Elly Prins Patchwork stall and Annemiek and Oda look forward to meeting you there!

Monday, July 11, 2016

What is being done with Tambani lappies?

This beautiful bag was made by a Dutch lady and she came to show it to Annemiek's sister at the Open Day at the "Quiltwinkel Marij" in Beek, The Netherlands.

Two large panels on either side of a bag.

Let's move to Canada and see what happened there to five embroideries bought from us in South Africa at the Bryanston Organic Market in Johannesburg.

4 Small and one large embroidery, animal theme, very nicely framed and positioned.
Our Dutch associate, Aafke, surprised a family member with this lovely bag. She used original Da Gama shweshwe and two sreenprint panels. A very bold and daring combination! Lovely, the fuchsia fabric going so well with the colour of the chameleon screenprints.

The picture below was provided by a very proud aunt of the maker. We trust this stunning top to have been sandwiched and quilted by the time we post this blog. Let's call it Zoe's Quilt.

Monday, June 20, 2016

A look in the rear-view mirror

Yes, as we have had a few fine and good markets behind us again. Simultaniously Aafke and Annemiek took care of the Noord-Groningen Quilt Festival and the Nadelwelt in Karlsruhe.

This Dutch Quilt Festival (quiltfestival) drew about 5,000 fans and was not only located at one venue. Attendees could either bring and use their own bycicle or use specially arranged public transport to visit lovely villages, towns, farms and Dutch molens to enjoy many beautiful quilts on display.

Tambani was strategically placed and Aafke and Jitske had good sales.

Annemiek attended the Nadelwelt in Karlsruhe on the 10th, 11th and 12th of June. All went well and what we like a lot: creative ladies came to show what they made with our embroideries and screenprints. These creations are so inspiring! Not one idea is the same.

A close-up of the bag.
Aafke soon had another market to attend on Saturday the 18th of June. It was wet and cold on the Midsummer "Braderie" in Sauwerd, close to the town of Groningen.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Bryanston Organic Market, Thursday 16 June

To all our valued South African and international customers: kindly note that you will find Tambani next week on the public holiday, Youth Day, Thursday 16 June at stall 77. This used to be our 'old' spot and it is only this once. We look forward to seeing you then.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

News from South Africa

Also time to update the Dutch and English blogs. "No news is good news" and indeed we have been quite busy during the quiet time at each blog. Busy in The Netherlands, Europa en here in South Africa. The French craft fair 'Pour l'Amour du Fil' has passed and now Annemiek and Aafke prepare themselves for the Quilt Festival in Groningen, The Netherlands and the Nadelwelt in Dortmund, Germany. Both fairs are held on 10, 11 and 12 June. For more information check the Markets and Fairs tab above.

We are thrilled to receive pictures of articles made with Tambani embroideries every so often. It is so enriching and encouraging to see what people make.

A gift made by mother Jorine for daughter Matthea.
Matthea qualifies to be a medical doctor in tropical countries.
During one of her visits to Ina in Napier in the Western Cape, Annemiek showed the residing Lydia Group how to make bags in the shape of a unique ancient local building style, an Arniston house.

Coasters made from left-over strips of hand dyed screen prints.

Ina was invited to a Craft Fair at the Red Windmill, in the Western-Cape. The empty table tells how well loved our embroideries are. Ina sold out very quickly.
Outside, what an atmosphere!

Jenny McDonald made this quilt from screenprint left-over scraps.
The money earned by this raffled quilt went to the Mara winter project.

In Pretoria we were invited again to partake in the Evening Market organized by the American Embassy. Also a successful and well visited market

We were allocated a prime spot, right in the middle.

Our gazebo allowed for two tables to display our embroideries.

And hang various items along the 'walls'.

Although we never complain about rain, we were glad to see this shower pass!
And last but not least some pictures of four framed large embroideries, displayed on a wall in a Canadian home. As well as of a four panel wall-hanging of which both embroideries and fabric were carefully chosen by a loving South African mother for her daughter and family in Great Britain.

Signature of authenticity at the back.

Behind each panel a little pouch holding the related folktale and card of the embroiderer.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A little move: Bryanston Organic Market

We like to inform our valued customers that we permanently move to stall 73 at the Bryanston Organic Market on the 5th of May 2016. This is just 4 stalls 'to the north' from where we used to be. We hope to be of even better service to you from our new shop. Kindly note that we still only attend the market on Thursdays. Looking forward to seeing you there!

This move means too that we now are right next to Fuzion Beads. Amongst all beautiful glass and bead work they sell; Fuzion Beads stocks the glass frames we suggest to frame our embroideries in. So that will come in very handy as well.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

For the love of yarn

Today, in Nantes in France, the "Pour l'amour du Fil" fair started where Annemiek is representing Tambani again. It will last till this Saturday the 23rd of April.
Ina also issued another lovely Newsletter. If you are interested and not yet on the distribution list of it, don't hesitate and send and email with a request to be added.
In this newsletter Ema Venghani is featuring. A lovely and vibrant lady.

Friday, March 25, 2016

My wheelbarrow, three buckets of water

Ina constantly adds lovely and interesting stories to Tambani's facebook page.
The most recent addition is about a wheelbarrow bought from the embroidery money to bring water home.
We encourage you to check and enjoy!