Britex Fabrics will be sharing a booth with BurdaStyle at Maker Faire this year, and is giving away two tickets to the upcoming Maker Faire in San Mateo County, California on May 22nd and 23rd!
To enter to win, simply log into Britex Fabric’s Facebook page or our blog, let loose with your fabulous creative self, and describe your amazing Britex Fabrics Ballpoint Pen Project! The stupendous Grand Prize Winner gets two tickets to Maker Faire, 150 ballpoint pens, and the chance to have their project featured on Britex Fabric’s blog and in our store window display. The fame! The fortune! The Maker Faire……….The contest deadline is midnight on Sunday, May 16th. Winners will be announced Monday, May 17th.
Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105. Session I – Sat. May 8, 2010, Session II -Sat. May 15, 2010, Session III – Sat. May 22, 2010. All classes are from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and in the Education Center. Nkisi literally translates as “sacred medicine in the Kongo language of Central Africa. The term Nkisi is the general name for a variety of objects used throughout the Congo Basin and are thought to contain spiritual powers used for healing and protection. In this 3 day workshop, participants will learn needle felting techniques to create the structure for a felted Nkisi doll, as well as various methods to add decorative elements including healing charms and various African symbols in order to finish the Nkisi. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY & ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED. Workshop Series: $45/members $55/non-members OR Individual Session: $20/member $30/non-member
THE REMNANT SALE OF 2010 IS OVER WITH. SEE YOU AT THE REMNANT SALE IN 2011!
Monday, May 3rd, 2010 and Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 – you’ll find Britex’s remnants 50% off already reduced prices. This sale includes fabric remnants from the entire store. You’ll find beautiful imported wools and silks from our first floor and a sample of everything from cotton knit jersey to home decor fabrics from our second floor. Come on up to the fourth floor. We’re open from 10:00 to 6:00.
Britex Fabrics will be traveling to The Festival de Cannes this May on the back of the delightful, witty, and luscious Kitten on the Keys (Suzanne Ramsey), in the form of a ’30s-style gown! “San Francisco’s Kitten on the Keys and Roky Roulette, who appear in French director Mathieu Almaric’s new movie, ” Tournée” were delighted to learn last week that the film is one of 16 chosen for the Cannes Film Festival. Kitten (Suzanne Ramsey), whose Web site describes her as an “international cabaret and burlesque artist,” writes songs and plays piano, ukulele and accordion. Roulette is apparently a whiz at multitasking. Ramsey described him as a “pogo striptease artist” who bounces up and down on his pogo stick while removing his clothes. Ramsey said she was headed out to Britex to shop for the makings of a ’30s-style gown she was planning to wear on the red carpet. The festival is in mid-May, and somehow, I don’t think this step is in the standard “How to Prepare for Cannes” movie star instruction manual. She’ll be performing at Madrone on Divisadero on Thursday.” – Leah Garchik at SFGate
Yeah, Maker Faire is back! Maker Faire Hours – Saturday, May 22 (10am – 8 pm) and Sunday, May 23rd (10am – 6pm) Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It’s for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things.
Join The de Young Museum for a hat contest on Friday, April 23! There is still time to visit Britex Fabrics for tulle, velvet and silk ribbons, lace, silk flowers, and rhinestones to make an artistic chapeau. Hats should be inspired by the French Impressionist paintings in the museum’s collection. Let Manet, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro and more drive you to frivolous heights! Categories include, Moulin Rouge or Soiree (evening hats), Boating on the Seine River (daytime hats), Can-Can (theatrical), Glamorous Garden Party, and Professional Hat Designers (will be judged separately). And of course there are prizes.
CRAFT BAR with ETSY LABS @ MOCFA SF, Thursday April 1, 6-8pm. Students FREE!
Craft Bar with Etsy Labs at MOCFA continues! Join crafter extraordinaire Katy Kristin as she teaches you how to take old sweaters and turn them into cute and cuddly plushies or upcycled cup cozies with sweaters donated by Crossroads Trading Co.! April’s CRAFT BAR is free for students, and will feature live music from local favorite Allie Simpson. Not feeling the plushitude? Join Amelia Strader and Marita Klements in the stitch-n-bitch area for free-form knitting or crocheting with yarn donated by Simplicity. Take inspiration from the gallery and the store while you explore the creative process, socialize, and enjoy refreshments from Trumer Pils. Fee is $5 (for non-students) which includes one free beer, admission to the gallery, and all materials.
Resident Crafter Amelia will be doing the Etsy Virtual Lab ON www.etsy.com at 1 PM on April 1 – be sure to check it out if you can’t make it to Craft Bar!
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO FALL 2010
- Get tips on working on some of the new fabrics: stretch wovens, microfibers, knits, boiled wool, sheers, tulle, silks, stretch moleskin, vinyl shearling and more.
- Learn when and how to underline.
- Learn how to make bias cuts work for you as well as how to prevent drag lines on seams and make invisible hems.
- Get the lowdown on appropriate seam and hem finishes for a variety of different fabrics.
- Learn how to insert flawless invisible zippers.
Sandra Betzina, host of the Power Sewing WebTV Show, is a world-renowned sewing instructor. Sandra is the author of More Fabric Savvy, Fast Fit, Power Sewing Step-by-Step, Sandra Sews for the Home and No Time to Sew. She has produced a skill series of 11 DVDs and also designs a full line of patterns for Vogue under the Today’s Fit Tab. Sandra is also a popular speaker and hosts several week-long sewing retreats in San Francisco throughout the year. For more information about Sandra Betzina, the Power Sewing WebTV Show and her books and patterns visit www.powersewing.com.
Britex Fabrics will close at 4:30, Saturday, Feb. 27th for Chinese New Year! ????
Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali – February 5, 2010—May 2, 2010, The Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103. Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali gives long overdue recognition to contemporary Malian fabric artisans and highlights the enduring significance of textiles as a major form of aesthetic in Mali. Featuring works beyond the mudcloth tradition, this exhibition seeks to showcase contemporary styles and techniques which have yet to be shown in the US. With superb examples of dress, and accompanying photographs, Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali will document hand-dyed as well as factory-printed cloth. Social issues such as empowerment of women, the status of dress, women’s identity, and current trends in fabric design will be explored.
Due to the expository role of cloth in daily life, both hand-dyed and factory printed kinds of popular fabrics reveal current and constantly evolving cultural trends. The pictorial nature of the prints allows the wearer to express unique and equally critical messages, such as political attitudes, educational institutions and affiliations, or social views, and public health concerns. Although the shapes of the garments remain fairly constant, the colors, patterns, designs and messages of the cloth are constantly transforming. In addition to the cloth and clothing, Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali showcases other forms of traditional art and craft from Mali, such as wooden puppets, and the life-sized masked and costumed figures called “marionettes” which act out village legends. Unusual calabashes and baskets are also included to show the wide variety of Malian craft and folk art.