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Shweshwe Events Calendar


Shweshwe is a heritage cotton print that requires pre-washing.

Do you need to pre-wash  Shweshwe?

Shweshwe is a heritage product still made the same as in the industrial revolution. It requires a pre-wash before cutting and sewing.

Just soak your fabric in warm water and hang it out to dry. Plain and simple. No detergents or washing machine required.

You may do a subsequent rinse in lukewarm salty water if you choose.

Open House

Visit the Meerkat Shweshwe Studio in Elora for classes and Open Days

 Saturday February 29

Saturday April 4

Saturday May 2

10am to 3pm

248 Geddes Street Elora ON

The entrance is on David Street as we are on the corner of David and Geddes Street.

Parking at the Elora Arena on David Street.

We are within metres of the Elora Gorge, renowned for beautiful scenic walks and cycle routes, as well as excellent restaurants. 


A boro bag front and back made of shweshwe fabric scraps stitched together.

Kids March Break Workshop

Make a Boro Bag in two sessions

Monday March 16 & Friday March 20

9am to 12noon

Fee: $50  for two 3 hour classes

Includes all fabric and equipment.

Reverse Appliqué

(Traditional or Modern Improv)

Japanese Folded Patchwork Bag

Manhole Cover Quilt

Afrigami Purse

Please send an email  with inquiries.

Dutch Re-Treat

Hand stitching retreat days at the Meerkat Shweshwe studio in Elora ON

Friday January 31

Friday February 28

Friday April 3

Friday May 1

10am to 3pm

This is a hand stitching day retreat, started for participants in the #dutchtreatsewalong as shared on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Most participants are completing blocks from the book "Dutch Treat" by Judy Garden, but all hand stitching is welcome.

There is space for 8 around the table in the Meerkat Shweshwe studio.

There is no formal teaching.

Fee $20 for catered lunch.


Meerkat Shweshwe imports and sells shweshwe prints 100% cotton ethically produced by Da Gama Textiles in South Africa

SAQA Conference Pop-Up Shop

March 19

Waterloo Quilt Festival

May 28

Hamilton Quilt Guild Show

June 5-6

York Heritage Quilt Guild Show

November 13-14

Visit our booth at these exciting events.

Trunk Shows

Shweshwe Trunk Show and presentation for quilting guilds to tell the history of this heritage fabric

January 14 Royal City QG

March 23 Halton Hills QG

April 23 Simcoe County QG

April 27 Rouge Valley QG

"The Bolt and the Beautiful: The Shweshwe Saga"


A slide presentation and trunk show with shweshwe items to illustrate the fascinating history of shweshwe and how it connects with the world history of textile production and trade.

A pop-up shop can be arranged for the same date with shweshwe pre-cuts, kits and patterns.

Currently taking reservations for 2020/2021.

Contact Us

Drop us a line to ask about our events or book your spot!

Meerkat Shweshwe

Meerkat Trading 248 Geddes Street Elora, ON N0B1S0 CA

(519) 846-5289