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Getting Ready for Maker Faire!

Here is Britex Fabrics getting ready for Maker Faire (we’ll be there with Burda Style and Singer). Yes, that really *is* a chandelier made out of Britex Pens. Maker Faire is this weekend, May 22nd and 23rd at San Mateo County Event Center San Mateo, CA. Come by and join Britex Fabrics, BurdaStyle, and Singer in booth #218 in the Expo Hall for a fabulous Make + Take!

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Maker Faire – May 22nd and 23rd!

Yeah! Maker Faire is this weekend, May 22nd and 23rd at San Mateo County Event Center San Mateo, CA (see map). Come by and join Britex Fabrics, BurdaStyle, and Singer in booth #218 in the Expo Hall for a fabulous Make + Take! We will offer two fast and easy projects to create. You can sign up for either the Easy Drawstring Bag or Roll-Up Organizer. There will be awesome fabric provided by moi, and sewing machines provided by SINGER….and then once your project is created, you’ll also be able to iron on some très chic graphics! Also check out BurdaStyle’s special Maker Faire blog………

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Win Tickets to Maker Faire! – What Would You Create with 150 Retro Gold & Black Britex Fabrics Ballpoint Pens?

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.

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Felted Nkisi Workshop – Learn Needle Felting Techniques!

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

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SEE YOU AT THE 2011 REMNANT SALE!

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.

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Britex Goes to The Festival de Cannes

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

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Maker Faire – 2010

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.

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Hat Contest at The de Young Museum!

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.

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Craft Bar with Etsy Labs @ MOCFA

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!

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RESCHEDULED – Fashion & Fabric 2010 – Sandra Betzina & Britex Fabrics

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.

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