As some of you already know, a new website for Kitambaa Designs has been in the works for some time now. It will also include items for sale from the Bitengye Designers, and it will have a shopping cart! Yahoo! I thought I'd give you a sneak preview of a couple of the new items. First are our bundles - of African Fabrics, of Black and White Fabrics, of Safari-inspired fabrics, and so on. It will make it much easier for you to shop for our fabrics (other fabrics will still be available by the metre). Secondly, Kitambaa will soon be releasing a line of Limited Edition kits - all inspired by Africa. These are the result of realizing that I can't be sure that I can get a fabric I like more than once, so I'm going to design new wall-hangings and quilts that use what I already have on hand. Then when they're
all gone, they're gone, and I'll design something new. The first of the Limited Edition kits is "Home is Where Your Hut Is", and features the hut buttons available through South Africa's Incomparable Buttons. Don't you love the guinea fowl in the foreground! The pattern for this is an original design. The second Limited Edition kit is "Esther's Choice", and it's made entirely from hand-batiked fabrics made by Esther from Accra, Ghana. We met Esther last year on our way home from Uganda, and were so impressed by these fabrics. They're quite a departure for us - much more earthy colours and designs - but we think you'll enjoy them as much as we do. The pattern itself is an adaptation of a pattern by Blue Underground, which is included with the kit.A third kit is in the works, and will feature guinea fowls. All the kits will be for sale as soon as our website goes public, and I'll be sure to announce that as soon as it happens. In the meantime, save up your
sheckels so that you too will be able to order online from us. We can hardly wait! Lastly, for those of you who are also readers, I've chosen my 5 favourite reads from 2011. I love to hear what other people have read and enjoyed, so if you'd like to comment and add your own choices, they would be very welcome.