Akufo-Addo’s New Found Love; African Prints

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



New Brass Embellishments for Our April Events!

CulturedExpressions.com Brass embellishmentsNew Brass Embellishments for Our April Events! TODAY our shipment finally arrived, just in time for the Empire Quilt Guild Show tomorrow and Sunday!  We’ve revamped the brass offerings, starting with the round pendants.  We also named the styles so now you can choose the specific designs for yourselves!

Then came the button assortment – a 10-pack of shank buttons, with one each of 10 different symbols, including THREE NEW symbols by popular demand…”Duafe”, “Gyawu Atiko” and “Onyankopon Adom Nti Biribiara Beye Yie”.  And we now have the 1.5″ pendant in the same 10 symbols Check out the website for all of the culturally significant meanings.  (These were formerly offered in 1″ and 2″ sizes – the new 1.5″ size is a more versatile dimension and allowed us to add the new styles.  Enjoy!

CulturedExpressions.com Brass embellishmentsCulturedExpressions.com Brass embellishments

And if you’ll be in Baltimor, MD on April 22, you can choose yours in person when we visit the African American Quilters of Baltimore, and the Southern Comforters Quilt Guild together in a joint trunk show event!  Or at the Roc-A-Natural Hair Expo on May 13 in NYC, or at our Customer Appreciation Day with Yara African Fabrics on July 29 in the Bronx…




Fat Quarter FLASH SALE!

Now thru 11:59pm tonight, save 10% on Cultured Expressions’ 20-piece and 40-piece African Fabric Print FQ bundles!  The current selection may vary from what’s shown, but be assured of a colorful, varied assortment.

What’s a Fat Quarter? It’s a quilting term for a ¼ yard of fabric, measuring 18″ x 22″. Its “fat” dimensions (compared to a standard ¼ yard of fabric that measures 9″ long x 45″ wide) are more versatile for quilting, crafts, pillows, doll clothes, photo frames, desk accessories, covered journals… or just for general procurement – we don’t judge ; ) Fat quarters make it easier to collect a wide variety of prints for your fabric stash.

Fat Quarter FLASH SALE!

No coupon code needed – the discount will appear in your shopping cart.  Enjoy!

CE and Yara African Fabrics – It’s That Time Again!

Yara Customer Appreciation Day

Mark your calendars for our 4th Annual Customer Appreciation Day, a day when Cultured Expressions and Yara African Fabrics join forces to celebrate and enjoy African fabrics with great deals, freebies, creative inspiration, door prizes, delicious food, and the company of some of our favorite customers!  Did I mention that it’s all FREE??

If you’ve been before, you won’t want to miss it, and if you’ve never been, then you REALLY shouldn’t miss it.  Either way, join us!  Doors open at 12 Noon.

 Saturday, JULY 29, 2017!

Yara Customer Appreciation Day

In other words, now would be a great time to begin whittling down your fabric stash from last year, so you can enjoy this year’s bargains guilt-free  ; ) And new this year, we want to check out  YOUR  skills in our first-ever Headwrapping Contest – more on that later!  Oh yeah, it’s happening, so Save the Date JULY 29, 2017 bring a friend or three, and come enjoy an afternoon with us!

Coming Up May 13: We’ll Be Wrappin’ at Roc-A-Natural!!

Today I’m thrilled to share the news that I’ll be a part of the mainstage lineup for the 4th Annual Roc-A-Natural, on Saturday, May 13 in NYC!  I’m demonstrating my favorite headwrap and bodywrap ideas, on a variety of live models (I still might have a few openings if you’d like to model, contact me!).  Headwraps aren’t just a fashion choice, they’re a lifestyle choice, and I’ll sow you how you can incorporate your favorite African fabrics into your everyday life. Of course, I’ll be vending too, so come hang out with us for some no-sew fashion inspiration!

For updates, follow @culturedexpressions and @rocanatural.  See you there  ; )

Coming Up May 13: We'll Be Wrappin' at Roc-A-Natural!!

Learn Hand Quilting with the Women’s Art Collective!

If you’re in the Watchung, NJ area and want to learn hand quilting with the Women’s Art Collective from two stellar area experts, keep reading!

The Women’s Arts Collective presents a HAND QUILTING WORKSHOP

Learn Hand Quilting with the Women's Art Collective!In this exciting workshop you will learn the basics of hand quilting! Whether you have never quilted at all or need helpful hints to improve your hand quilting, this class is for you. Instructors Carolyn Davis and Glendora Simonson, co-founders of the Nubian Heritage Quilters Guild, will teach 4 blocks: two blocks are applique and two are piecing.

Glendora holds the distinction of being the only quilting teacher I’ve ever had.  I still remember her tapping my knuckles with a ruler (Catholic school style) whenever I felt the impulse to back-tack at the end of a quilt block seam, a holdover habit from garment sewing.  I have since forgiven her  ; )  but then again, maybe that’s why I haven’t taken another quilting class since then…   Anyway, we all go “way back” and I know you’ll learn a lot and have a great time, so here are the workshop details:

 Three 3-hour sessions: (You must attend all 3 sessions)

February 5, 12, & 19 —   1:00pm – 4:00pm

LOCATION:   Art As Therapy, 58 Ridge Rd., Watchung, NJ 07069 908-561-9226

Cost $65  To register, submit payment to www.paypal.me/livingartists/65

For more information about The Women’s Arts Collective, visit online, or call 908-405-7062.

Pictured here is Glendora’s Siddi-inspired hand quilted wall hanging.  I love everything about it – color, composition, quilting, and of course, that tree branch hanger is sooo Cultured Expressions!

Register NOW for SewJourn COLORADO!

Need some time away?  Of course you do, so we recommend you register NOW for SewJourn COLORADO!

Join Cultured Expressions this summer for our second SewJourn in the cool, scenic mountains, taking place August 9-13!  Enjoy the big, beautiful guest house with dormitory-style accommodations, well appointed for quilters and sewing enthusiasts, with delicious meals and gorgeous mountain views.

Reserve before Feb 24 and SAVE $50

Just pack your sewing machine, quilt projects, knit or crochet yarns, and settle in for a very special long weekend in a natural, peaceful setting, with like-minded friends.  Think of it as a creative 5-night pajama party! We’ll break away one day to explore various “CE-Approved” resources to be found in downtown Denver, and visit with renowned artist Valerie C. White as she shares her passion with us. And I’ll teach a mini-workshop, too, leaving you the majority of the time to immerse yourself in your personal projects.  Treat yourself.. download the brochure!


Reserve before Feb 24 and SAVE $50


Register NOW for SewJourn COLORADO 

Brass Round Accents are BACK!!

Brass RoundAccents


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!


TOMORROW: “Rhythmic Art of Thread” Opening in NYC

I have a piece in this exhibit, the first Cultured Expressions event of 2017…Hope  to see you TOMORROW evening!  Details below.– lisa

This beautiful piece is by Ife Felix.  I love the beige cowrie print in particular:

Quilt by ife Felix

The Rhythmic Art of Thread

Michael A. Cummings, Shimoda Emanuel, Ife Felix, Laura R. Gadson, Jacqueline Johnson, Jackquelynn Jones, Dinga McCannon, Lisa Shepard Stewart and 2016 Teen Curators of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Curated by Harlem Needle Arts, with support fron NYC Park’s Ebony Society

Opening Reception
Wed., Jan.11, 2017 
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
For more information, call (212) 360-8163
or visit nyc.gov/parks/art

Jan. 12 – Feb. 24, 2017
The Arsenal Gallery
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Ave, @ 64th St, Third Floor
MondayFriday, 9:am – 5 pm
Closed holidays // Free admission

This is Why I Love My CE People

FABRIGASM ALERT!!!  So one of my CE  People (Cultured Expressions People), we’ll call her “Brenda from Brooklyn” ; ) emailed to let me know that I mistakenly send her only one bundle of our newest specialty FQ bundle, “Records”, instead of the two bundles that she ordered.  (I could blame the error on my Welcome-to-the-New-Year head cold, but that’s another blog post…)

Anyway, Brenda included this photo indicating the single bundle she received, and I was just so impressed by its simple artistry I had to share it:

This is why i love my CE People

It looks like Brenda is ready to get down to business with her African fabric, and she should have her second bundle tomorrow.  She did promise to share with me a photo of her project when it’s done! If you’ve been equally inspired, order your FQ bundle of “records” soon, quantities are limited!

Thanks for the photo, Brenda, and happy stitching.

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