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Category Archive: Classes, Events & Shows

Over 127 Bow Ties Later……..


127 dandies strutted away with clip-on bow ties at last Thursday’s CRAFT BAR. To our pleasure, there were a plethora of first-time craftsters. This infamous collaboration between Britex Fabrics, The Museum and Craft and Folk Art, Bretts and Avery from Whippersnapped, and Etsy was a hotbed of mad stitchery, and there have been requests for a repeat performance. Can we say Guinness World Records for community bow tie making?

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Learn to Make a Bow Tie at Craft Bar – Thursday, April 7th


Join us on Thursday, April 7th from 6-8pm for a Craft Bar worthy of the most discerning dandy. We are excited to announce that MOCFA will be joining forces with Britex Fabrics to present a make your own Clip-on Bow Tie Workshop! Designed by local crafters, Bretts and Avery, this project will add style and joie de vivre to any outfit. And if bow ties aren’t you thing turn your accessory into a pin or hair clip! $5 admission includes materials, tips and tricks.

Don’t forget to take inspiration from the gallery and Museum gift-shop while you explore the creative process. Materials kindly provided by Britex Fabrics. A San Francisco landmark since 1952, Britex is a must-visit for designers, sewers, do-it-yourself-ers and anyone seeking creative inspiration. The four story, family-run shop contains beautiful quality fabrics and sewing accessories from around the world. Drinks provided by Trumer Pils. CRAFT BAR is an innovative Museum of Craft and Folk Art public program which connects the crafting community to the museum’s educational and curatorial mission by creating a vibrant and dynamic after-hours collective crafting environment. The love of making and the desire to socialize are brought together under the MOCFA artistic programming umbrella @ CRAFT BAR. Museum of Craft and Folk Art is located at 51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, Ca 94103.

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Fast Fit Seminar with Sandra Betzina – April 5, 2011


Britex Fabrics and Sandra Betzina team up again! Sandra will be presenting her amazing fitting seminar on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm! Call Britex Fabrics at 415-392-2910 to make your reservation. Space is limited, and the cost for the seminar is $60.
Are you often disappointed in the fit of your garments? Confused about what size to buy? Have you outgrown your old size in one area and not another? Are you intimidated by good fabric because you are afraid of yet another fit failure? Let Sandra Betzina explain her fit formula and how it will work for you!

  • Lots of new pattern alterations, including altering the bust without affecting the armhole, downsizing for the short, upsizing for the tall, and high hip considerations.
  • Learn how sizing differs from one pattern company to another, what size to buy, how to alter for narrow shoulders, full back, sloping shoulders, full hips, protruding or flat seat, full tummy, large waist, small waist, sway back, and more.
  • Turn pant “hopefuls” into a thing of the past.
  • Eliminate baggy seats, pockets and pleats that pop open, accommodate full thighs, and reshape crotch curves to mimic your body curves.
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“Symphony of Color” 2011 Quilt Show & Sale – Feb. 26/27


San Francisco Quilters’ Guild presents the “Symphony of Color” 2011 Quilt Show & Sale this Saturday February 26th (10 m to 5 pm) and Sunday the 27th (10 am to 4 pm)! Featuring work by quilting artists Janet Mednick and Marcia Stein, along with show quilts, wearable art, sale quilts, merchant mall, children’s activities, special exhibits, and demonstrations. This fabulous event is held at The Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 – 8th St. at Brannan St. in San Francisco, CA. Admission is $10 for both days, with children under the age of 12 admitted free.

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Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave


Be sure and mosey on down to the Legion of Honor between now and June 5th for the magnificent exhibition, Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave. This show consists of over 50 pieces, including nine frocks in black and white to highlight the intricate detailing and craftsmanship. “Working in collaboration with leading costume historians and young fashion designers, de Borchgrave crafts a world of splendor from the simplest rag paper. Painting and manipulating the paper, she forms trompe l’oeil masterpieces of elaborate dresses inspired by rich depictions in early European painting or by iconic costumes in museum collections around the world….Pulp Fashion draws on several themes and presents quintessential examples in the history of costume—from Renaissance finery of the Medici family and gowns worn by Elizabeth I and Marie-Antoinette to the creations of the grand couturiers Frederick Worth, Paul Poiret, Christian Dior, and Coco Chanel. Special attention is given to the creations and studio of Mariano Fortuny, the eccentric early-20th-century artist who is both a major source of inspiration to de Borchgrave and a kindred spirit.

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A Documentary on Neapolitan Tailoring Traditions – Kid Dandy


Kid Dandy, an Italian creative group, are in the process of finishing up a documentary on Neapolitan tailoring traditions. Here is a 5 minute trailer for their stunning documentary. This film is a must to watch for anyone who is enamored with the craft of traditional fine tailoring, hand-stitching, hand-made button-holes…..and the luscious beauty of Naples, Italy. I love watching the beautifully suited Claudio Attolini as he talks about the process of tailoring while making gracefully articulate hand gestures that mimic hand-stitching.

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Sandra Betzina Presents the Power Sewing Toolbox!


Power Sewing Toolbox: this workshop by Sanda Betzina is on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 between 7 pm and 9 pm. The cost is $60 per student. Call Britex Fabrics at (415) 392-2910, or visit us at 146 Geary Street in San Francisco to sign-up. Our hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Enrollment space in this class is very limited, so reserve your spot early! This two hour class is full of tips and techniques the patterns don’t tell you, but essential to a quality looking finished product. No longer will you be intimidated by mitered bindings, fringe detailing, classy seam embellishments, welt pockets and buttonholes, neckline bindings for round and V necklines, and truly invisible zippers. In addition, you will learn techniques for lining knit pants, T-shirts in stretch mesh and zippers hidden in pockets. Feel your sewing savvy soar from a C to an A+ as you learn new tricks of the sewing trade.

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Craft Bar & Etsy Labs at Museum of Craft and Folk Art – Thursday 1/6/11


Craft Bar with Etsy Labs is back at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane in SF! Join us on Thursday, January 6th from 6-9pm for an evening of crafting and socializing with three local artists. This month at Craft Bar you can learn to spiff up your wardrobe with a jewelry-themed evening, featuring a range of projects. Make a gorgeous felt bib necklace with local jewelry artist Katherine Coleman from KJC Designs or create your own coil wrapped wire ring with Kelly Ball from Realia. Also, local artist Nicole Royer will be teaching a workshop on how to upcycle old jeans into beautiful necklaces. Have enough gems in your jewelry box? Stop by for the perennial favorite, stitch and bitch area, with drop-in instruction in knitting and crocheting. Enjoy mouth watering cupcakes, and tasty spreads and jams from Stephanie Bushnell of Sweets La Petite. Trumer Pils provides refreshments, Britex Fabrics provides materials, and other local food and musicians often contribute to create an event overflowing with food, drink, and socializing. Don’t forget to take inspiration from the gallery and shop while you explore the creative process. Craft Bar is free with $5 admission to the Museum.

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Free 2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale


2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale in San Francisco on December 18 + 19, from 11am – 7pm in the Concourse Exhibition Center’s East Hall (620 7th St… an easy stroll from Civic Center BART)! With over 200 of the nation’s finest indie-craft talents setting up shop that weekend, all of your last minute holiday-shopping needs are sure to be found at this craft, art, design + DIY spectacular! You can expect to find all sorts of incredible handmade goods at the Fair – everything from jewelry and clothing, ceramics and stationery, bath products and posters, housewares and comics, plush objects and more! Check out the artist line-up to see who’ll be bringing the goods! In addition, get to crafting by participating in one of the many special workshops! One-woman crafting powerhouse Kelly Malone of IndieMart will be at the Fair leading hands-on activities, and The Museum of Craft+Design (in collaboration with FLAX Art & Design) will be leading workshops in pop-up greeting cards and paper-ornaments! On Saturday, the Scarving Artists (from St. Anthony Foundation) will be out at the Fair leading knitting workshops and collecting scarf-donations for the Bay Area homeless! On Sunday, the fabulous folks from ScrapSF will be at the Fair leading crafty-demos in upcycling and re-purposing!

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Thursday, October 7th Craft Bar!


Yeah…..Craft Bar is one year old! While they aren’t baking cupcakes with sprinkles, they’re celebrating with lots of projects from Etsy Labs. Student night returns, and everyone can enjoy prizes, music, and refreshments from Lavash Restaurant. Resident Crafters instruct the making of cozy sock skeletons, traditional Mexican pictograph stamps, and pumpkin plushies from recycled sweaters. Visiting artists Meighan O’Toole, author of the blog My Love for You is a Stampede of Horses, will be making Gods-Eyes and Katy Kristin will show you how to sew cuddly plushies. For those who prefer a less-structured crafting experience, perfect your knitting and crocheting skills in our free-form Stitch ‘n Bitch area. $5 admission to the gallery includes materials and instruction for all crafts, and students are free. Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane, SF, Ca 94103 6-9pm

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