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Category Archive: Classes, Events & Shows

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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The k11 October 2nd Craft Sale in Berkeley


The talented folks at knit-one-one, a Berkeley studio that teaches knitting, felting, weaving and other textile arts for crafters of all skill levels, is sponsoring a free craft show Saturday, October 2nd! Be sure and stop by knit-one-one for inspiration and luscious local hand-crafted items.
When: Saturday October 2, 10 to 4
Where: The knit-one-one studio, 3360 Adeline Street, Berkeley CA 94703
Who: These fabulous crafters: Koide Studio, Jen Hewett Studio, Hairphernalia, Fresh On Mondays, Clarine’s Florentines, HoneyComb Jewelry, Heathered, King Bag Company, Reware, Tinted Mint, Peanoonies, and Tiny Sparks Design.

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Sandra Betzina at Britex


Last week’s seminar on sewing with intimidating fabrics, and presented by Sandra Betzina went swimmingly. It was a privilege to have someone with Sandra’s knowledge and depth of skill instructing us. Sandra covered working with some of our favorite fall and winter fabrics including luscious Missoni knits, stylish wool knits, and gossamer imported laces. Britex Fabrics plans on continuing with additional workshops and seminars. Please let us know if there is a particular topic or presenter that interests you.

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Hot Pink Fuzz: Group Textile Art Show Opening


August 14 – September 8, 2010 and reception: Saturday, August 14, 6:30 – 10:00 pm. An opening reception will take place 6:30 – 10:00 on Saturday, August 14. Miss Muju, Monyomonyo, and Snaggs at GRSF, 618 Shrader Street, SF, CA 94117. Giant Robot is proud to host Hot Pink Fuzz, a group textile art show featuring new work by Miss Muju, Monyomonyo, and Snaggs. Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, as well as an online equivalent. (Wacky image by Miss Muju!)

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August Craft Bar at MOCFA


Craft Bar and Etsy Labs @ MOCFA on Thursday, August 5 between 6-9pm at 51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, Ca 94103. Making books and munching on grilled cheese sandwiches…it doesn’t get much better! Guest artists Julie Schneider, Kelly Ball, Jen Hewett, and Maren Salomon will provide a variety of easy-to-learn bookmaking projects using found and recycled materials. Learn how to make an embroidered greeting card with Lauren Davis, from Crooked Sister. The LoinSF will be on hand with a simple silk-screening project that will suit all skill levels – bring a favorite paper-based item to screen on or screen on materials provided. Free-form knitting and crocheting in the Stitch ‘n Bitch area! Refreshments provided by Trumer Pils and Amber India. Purchase the best grilled cheese in town at the famous Toasty Melts food cart. Craft Bar is free with $5 admission to the gallery, and all materials and instructions for the craft.

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Sept. 2nd, Sandra Betzina at Britex Fabrics – Working with Intimidating Fabrics

Seminar by Sandra Betzina at Britex Fabrics – Working with Intimidating Fabrics
Thursday, September 2nd
6:30 pm-8:30 pm
8:30 pm-9:30 pm (fabric consultation w/Sandra and shopping)

Get tips on working with exciting yet intimidating fabrics: silk jersey, sequined fabric, wool jersey, silk chiffon, wool tweeds, double-faced wool, boucles and textures.

Also learn:

*How to underline

*How to prevent drag lines when making bias cuts

*How to seam and hem different fabrics

*How to insert flawless invisible zippers

Registration

Call Judy or Steph at Britrex Monday -Saturday 10 – 6 to sign-up, 415-392-2910. Please have credit your card handy for payment information. Class is $45 and is non-refundable. You may also register at the store, where cash and checks are acceptable. Registration limited, so sign up by Aug. 27th. For more information about Sandra Betzina, the Power Sewing WebTV Show and her books and patterns visit Power Sewing WebTV Show.

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