Zulu Beadwork Workshop

As part of their visit from Swayimane in South Africa, Nozipho Zondi and Shonaphi S'bisi will be hosting a series of workshops with different community groups and for the general public. They will be teaching a range of ages and abilities to make jewellery and beaded keyrings.

If you enjoy crafting and creativity, or want to hear more about life in rural KwaZulu Natal, do get in touch! There are a range of options to suit all ages, abilities and pockets!

One option is our Thursday evening event on March 19th where we will be making a complex and stunning piece of jewellery. There are only 10 spaces available and they are filling up fast! The evening will include a glass of wine, and light refreshments. There will also be an opportunity to view the Museum's collection of textiles and beadwork.

  Necklace being made on Thursday 19th.


Other beaded items we will be learning to make...

Izwa- Culture & Crafts @ the Castle

Join us on Saturday 21st March at Abergavenny Castle and Museum for

IZWA Culture & Crafts @ the Castle, Celebrating our Links to the Wider World.

Abergavenny Castle & Museum, 10.30 to 4pm.

This is a family friendly day of creativity and cultural exchange, featuring workshops and entertainment! Free entry. Nominal charge for some workshops.

Throughout the day, highlights include:

  • Zimele's Zulu Beadwork Workshop. Making a daisy chain bracelet in the morning and a daisy chain necklace in the afternoon sessions, 15 spaces per session. **
  • Love Zimbabwe's Zimbabwean Cookery, morning and afternoon sessions, 10 spaces per session. **
  • Ffolky FFelt's Welsh Felting, morning and afternoon session, 12 spaces per session. **

** There is a nominal charge of £2 per session for these workshops. Pre-booking recommended due to limited spaces.

  • Glass painting with GlitterArti Gifts, as well as painted glassware for sale. Cost £2.50 per item.
  • An Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony from Two Towns Trading and the Abergavenny Yirgacheffe Community Link.
  • Osprey Studio's all day join-in clay sculpture inspired by Fairtrade.
  • The Wool Croft's Knitting and Crochet club. Bring your own projects, help with The close-Knit Community, or learn from the experts.
  • Henna Art from Henna by Carli. Price dependent upon work.
  • Facepainting! 10.45- 12.30 50p - £1 in aid of Zimele UK.
  • Fairtrade and fairly traded stalls from Zimele UK, Love Zimbabwe and Two Towns Trading, including Zimbabwean lunches.
  • Children's activities including make your own sandwich and decorate a cupcake. There will also be crisps and juice available for kids.
  • Ethiopian Midwives and their interesting knitted items!
  • Abergavenny Fairtrade Forum

10.30 Official Opening

11.30 Welsh Dancing from Cantref Primary School

1.00 Bellydancing from Topaz Tribal

2.00 Learn some Latin beats from drumming Group Samba Buena.

Our thanks go to our funders Wales Africa Community Links and Fairtrade Wales for their support in making this event possible.

Wool Squares 2015

It's Back!!!

The Close- Knit Community will be returning to Abergavenny on 22nd March 2015. And it will be bigger and more stunning than ever!

This project is about celebrating our community and its link to Swayimane, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. We want as many people as possible to join in. So get your knitting needles/ crochet hooks out and make a square!

Squares should be 20 x 20cm (about 8 x 8") and made out of synthetic wool (so the wool doesn't felt on the tree and it's easier to wash when it's time to recycle the squares and turn them into blankets for other charities). Any colour goes- the brighter the better!

And not knowing how to knit or crochet is not an excuse! We are running informal 'learn the basics' sessions at Emmeline's Homebaking, Baker Street each Thursday 7- 9pm. More details on our Forthcoming Events page.

Pop by our Facebook page, Close Knit-Wales and South Africa, for suggested patterns for either knitted or crocheted squares. Or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The link between Abergavenny and Swayimane was established in 2013 through Wales Africa Community Links, funded by the Welsh Government's Wales for Africa programme.