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Shweshwe Events Calendar

Open House

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

Saturday October 12 CANCELLED 

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving 

with your families!

Friday November 15

Saturday November 16

Saturday December 7

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.

Shop for shweshwe yardage, pre-cuts and kits at the loft studio in beautiful Elora.

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


Hand stitching classes taught at the Meerkat Shweshwe studio in Elora ON

Reverse Appliqué Traditional

Thursday October 3 Elora

Reverse Appliqué Modern Improv

Thursday November 21 Niagara Region


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

QuiltX 2019

September 20-21

Quilts By The Bay

September 28-29

Saskatoon Quilt Guild Show

October 25-26

Dufferin Piecemakers Quilting Guild Show

November 1-2

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

October 7 Sarnia QG

November 12 Twisted Stitchers QG

November 20 Niagara Heritage QG

November 27 Five Star Quilt Guild

"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.

Dutch Re-Treat

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

Friday October 4

Friday November 8

Friday December 6

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 and the fee is for a catered lunch.


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.

Contact Us

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

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Meerkat Shweshwe

Meerkat Trading 248 Geddes Street Elora, ON N0B1S0 CA

(519) 846-5289