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Join us on 5/6 for Masters&Makers

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Kick off SFMade Week by joining us at Bluxome Street Winery to celebrate all things made masterfully, locally.  Enjoy demonstrations, samples and conversations with some of your favorite producers, alongside WesBurger fare, Bluxome wines and Magnolia brews (benefitting SFMade). Admission is free — come make and partake!

53B Masters&Makers
Tuesday, May 6th from 5-8PM
Bluxome Street Winery — 53 Bluxome Street (btw 4th and 5th St in SOMA)

all evening long…
Blackbird Guitar—Big Sound, Small Body
Britex Fabrics—Textile Station: Focus on Fiber
Crooked Nest—Bromeliads & Bolts
Magnolia Gastropub—Drink Beer, Benefit SFMade
WesBurger—Burgers & Fixins (think, fried McVicker’s)

plus…
5:20 SF Milk Maid—DIY Cheese: From Udder to Fork
5:40 ForeignSpell—Palatable Printmaking
6:00 ForageSF—Cure Your Own Meat w/ Wild Herbs
6:20 Foggy Notion—Fun with Mason Jars
6:40 McVicker’s—Pairing Your Pickled Favorites
7:00 Bluxome St Winery—Barrel Sampling
7:20 Dandelion Chocolate—Bean to Bar & In Between
7:40 Raff Distillerie—Gin is to Absinthe as Bummer is to Lazarus

What’s a Textile Station?
We’re so glad you asked! Our new Textile Station is a way for you to test your fiber knowledge. See and feel raw fibers—silk, wool, cotton and flax—and try to guess what fabrics are made from those fibers. Here’s a hint…there may be some trick blends.

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Britex & SFMade Week

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SFMade presents a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector: discover locally made products, the people who make them, and where to buy them. SFMade Week is seven days of education, exploration, and innovation, designed to celebrate and heighten local awareness and understanding of the local manufacturing sector and the companies and people who bring locally made products to fruition.

Tour some of the City’s best known and emerging artisan manufacturers’ factories. Take classes and pick up a new craft with your favorite manufacturers across the city. Taste, tour, and toast during these special events with independent wineries and breweries. Wednesday, May 7, build a vibrant manufacturing sector with us, and come to SFMade’s Annual Fundraiser, Ramp It Up!

As SFMade members and SFMade Week sponsors, Britex is adding to the celebration with a Warp x Weft: Textile 101 (May 6) and an After-Hours Textile Tour (May 8).

Register here >

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SFMade Week Warp x Weft: Textile 101

 

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SFMade Week After-Hours Textile Tour

So much more in happening during SFMade Week.
Learn More >

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Warp x Weft x Pie!

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The April 16 Warp x Weft workshop has a pie sponsor! The reason why we’re so excited is that the pies are being donated by the babes of Three Babes Bakeshop. They are one of our favorite pie makers in all of San Francisco, using only organically grown ingredients.

lenore-and-anna-looking-cutecropIf you don’t already know the babes, they can be found at the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and on Good Eggs.

Thanks Three Babes Bakeshop. Our night will be so much sweeter for you.

 

 

 

 

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Touring Britex After Hours: Britex History Meets Fabrics 101

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Here it is—the much discussed Britex After-Hours Tour. So what happens during these evening hours is no longer a secret. First, visitors are greeted and helped to a fine selection of cheese and an assortment of drinks from white wine to sparkling cider. Geana Sieburger, Britex’s educator and programs gal, leads the tour floor by floor starting with a quick chat about what attracted everyone to the tour. Click here to read more »

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Warp x Weft: Textile 101 Returns

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Yes, you heard right. We are taking a break from pop-up workshops, but not without a better offer in exchange. Warp x Weft: Textile 101 workshops are now happening on the Fourth floor of Britex!

Many of you joined us last year all over San Francisco for demos and workshops like simple dress-making by Sonya Philip at Makeshift Society, leather-working by Melissa Fleis at the NWBLK, and of course, textile workshops by our very own textile whiz Geana Sieburger.

Now with our new workshop space on the Fourth Floor, we first bring you Warp x Weft: Textile 101—a 2-hour fiber and textile construction intensive. Next in-store are workshops from designers, artists and other experts, so stay tuned.

If you love to sew, get giddy over textiles and feel immense joy learning about these things in groups of people who feel the same way about sewing and textiles, don’t take a chance—subscribe to the newsletter at the footer of this page or on our homepage and never miss an opportunity. New workshops, demos and events are currently under development…

Warp x Weft: Textile 101 Schedule >

All Upcoming Events >

P.S. Join us for a workshop-space launch party in April! Date will be announced soon.

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Craftsy Classes by Apparel Arts’ Suzy

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If you are seriously looking to sharpen your sewing skills and you live in the San Francisco area, you go to Apparel Arts, which you probably already know about since the design school hosted several Pop-up Britex workshops last year. What’s new is that Suzy, director of Apparel Arts, is now offering patternmaking classes on Craftsy, an online community of makers. Yes, it’s true. You can now learn the basics of patternmaking at your own pace, in your own home. Of course, this does not take the place of participating in an Apparel Arts class in person, but it is a good fix for greatly advancing your patternmaking skills!

Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper
Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper
Patternmaking + Design: Creative Darts & Seam Lines

Take a look and let us know what you think!

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5th Annual San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market

logo-RCFCombine last minute holiday shopping with the beauty of local crafts, woodcut & weaving workshops, and luscious artisanal treats, with the 5th Annual San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market on December 21 + 22, 2013 at the Concourse Exhibition Center! Info Time: 11am – 6pm. Place: Concourse Exhibition Center – 635 8th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Cost: Free to attend! Makers: A curated selection of 250+ talented Makers! Workshops: Create your own woodcut map with Woodcut Maps – Build a wooden beer case with Indie Mart – participate in a weaving demo with the Textiles Department of San Francisco State University – print your own bespoke gift wrap at the DIY Gift Wrap Station, hosted by the San Francisco State University Printmaking Guild.

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Halloween Contest Winner

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Every year, for as long as any of us can recall, Britex has a staff Halloween costume contest that is off-the-wall. We invite our customers to be judges of creativity and sewing skill by casting their vote for best costume. This year, Natalie was the winner with her Magpie costume. Jeanette, as a Fairy Ice Queen, took second place.

Get ready to be amazed by the other contestants, which run the gamut from absolutely hilarious to awesomely witty. Join us next year and judge for yourself. Click here to read more »

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The San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair – July 27 and 28

craft fair copyThe San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair is returning next weekend for two days! Visit and be prepared to be awash with crafty workshops, super fantabulous craft items, yummy treats, and groovilicious tunes.  It is next weekend,  July 27 + 28, 11am – 7pm at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion,  Marina Blvd. and Buchanan Street (Reserve parking for Saturday and Sunday). There will be over 250 craftpersons,  a DIY inspiration lounge, make-and-take workshops, interactive activities, a  color installation by Vera Chroma, entertainment, a photobooth, music , food and drink and more! As Girl Scout kitten says, “Be Prepared!” (Decisive kitten print is by Renegrade Craft Fair makers, Berkley Illustration, aka Ryan and Lucy Berkley of Portland, Oregon)

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Interfacing, Interlining, Underlining, and Lining—Knowing the Difference

The world of linings and interlinings can sometimes be mysterious, and because of that, can often be an afterthought. That’s why, when our POP-UP Britex sponsor Apparel Arts ran an article explaining the differences between these unique layers, we asked if we could share it on the Britex Blog. Read on and let us know if you found it helpful!

Click here to read more »

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