My dear friends Kundan and Chandrakant Pattni have retired from ownership of The Woman Shop after THIRTY-THREE years of being there, day in and day out! Kundan was present at the meeting of the Kenya Quilt Guild where Pam Holland gave a lecture, and Kundan formally introduced the new owner, Sagar Shah, and his wife Kavita.
Sagar and Kavita are a lovely young couple who bring to the task of taking over The Woman Shop a wide variety of interests, training and skills. Sadly, we probably won't see very much of them actually inside the shop, as they have other interests and will be very busy working behind the scenes.
Nevertheless, Sagar seems determined and he's getting a good understanding of what's involved in running a shop that caters primarily to women who sew, quilt, knit, crochet and embroider. He has a head full of new ideas and I'm betting they are going to be good ones!
Right off the bat, Sagar has put all the Bernette sewing machines in the shop's inventory on sale--at 20% off!! That's a HUGE savings! Hurry to get yours before they sell out! I hear they are especially useful for Kenya's secondary school students taking courses in Home Science!!
If you have not been there recently, be prepared for a little culture shock: the entire Sarit Centre is undergoing reconstruction. New parking facilities and tons of new shop space mean that Sarit keeps up, not only with the present, but with the future of retailing in Kenya! It's a fantastic, exciting time to be taking ownership of an established shop there, and we wish Sagar and Kavita Shah all the best!!
Pam Holland, world renowned quilt teacher, artist and afficionado, came to Kenya last week. To the Kenya Quilt Guild, she presented a lecture in which she spoke about quilting, traveling and teaching. Pam has visited many amazing places in the world, and she has had some rather remarkable experiences in her travels, so the talk was much appreciated by all who attended!
This week, Pam is teaching quilt classes to the Guild members. Among the classes on offer are "The Woman, Inspired to Teach," "The Amazing Alphabet," and "Geraldine." In each class, Pam shows participants how to make quilts using her highly specialized techniques. Drawing from her background as a photographer and fashion designer, Pam alters photographic imagery into line drawings, then executes the drawings with her designerly stitching methods. The results are sheer magic!!
Famous for "The 1776 Quilt," Pam's major project now is her quilted version of The Bayeux Tapestry. She anticipates roughly another five years of work before it will be completed!
Kenya Quilt Guild members feel most privileged to be visited by such a famous and admired quilt teacher as Pam Holland. Thanks, Pam, for finding time in your busy schedule (10 months a year on the road!!) to visit our beautiful country. We hope you find plenty here to inspire new imagery in your work!
Photos courtesy of the Kenya Quilt Guild
This post is linked to the page, Fabric Shopping in Nairobi, and it is dedicated to the Quilter in Minnesota, with many thanks for the idea!
One of my followers has asked the question: "Could you share any advice on purchasing a sewing machine in Nairobi?"
Yes, I can! Buying a sewing machine in Nairobi has a lot to do with your budget. If you need a low-cost machine, you can source old-fashioned treadle or even hand-crank Singer or cheap Singer copycats from many places, including right off the streets from itinerant vendors.
The Amedo shops used to be great places to find such machines. The last time I looked at them was many years ago, but the prices even then were dirt-cheap by my standards, about USD $50 apiece, some even including the treadle table! Judging by the appearance of their website, Amedo seems to have upped its game, as they now offer industrial machines as well--worth a good look!
There's a place on Kijabe Street near the Globe roundabout called General Machines. Those folks have serviced most of my sewing machines for many years, and they also sell Brother sewing machines as well as industrial models for factory sewing. Also, a good place to check out.
However, if you're in the market for the best available sewing machine for making patchwork quilts, you'll have to go to The Woman Shop where they have an exclusive partnership to sell Bernina's world-famous and top level standard "quilting computers," like the Quilter's Edition Aurora 440 I use! Even that now has an upgrade, so be sure to visit Sarit Centre and have a good look at what's on offer!