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Category Archive: Classes, Events & Shows

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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Exhibit: Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali

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.

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Voices in Cloth: East Bay Heritage Quilters – April 10 & April 11, 2010

Voices in Cloth: East Bay Heritage Quilters, April 10 — April 11, 2010 – Oakland Convention Center, Saturday: 10-5 and Sunday: 10-4. The East Bay Heritage Quilters present the 2010 bi-annual Voices in Cloth “Extraordinary Quilt Show”. There will be over 200 quilts by EBHQ members, wearable art, quilting demonstrations, great vendors, a silent auction of quilts and garments. The Voices in Cloth show is a large, non-juried display of EBHQ members’ quilts. EBHQ members participate – from the nationally famous to the individual quilter who may never have exhibited. This show raises money for the EBHQ monthly guest speaker, activities such as the Children’s Quilts project, and grants to support education outreach activities.

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Sale — Buttons and Fabric and Yarn, oh my!

Britex Sale – Folks have been asking if yarn and buttons are on sale, and yes they are!
Monday, February 15th and Tuesday the 16th
30% Off* All Fabrics ~ All Notions ~ All Remnants
*Sale limited to stock on floor
*Imported laces, velvets and specialty items not included
*No special orders, phone or mail orders

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BRITEX FABRICS SPRING SALE

Mon., Feb. 15th, 10am – 7pm & Tue., Feb. 16th, 10am – 6pm

30% Off*

All Fabrics ~ All Notions ~ All Remnants

*Sale limited to stock on floor
*Imported laces, velvets and specialty items not included
*No special orders, phone or mail orders

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Britex Weddings – Luis and Rachelle

Love is blooming in Britex! Here is Britex Fabrics’ stock man, Luis, with his lovely bride, Rachelle. We wish them all the best as they feather their love nest.

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Best Wishes from Britex in 2010

Yeah! It will be 2010 in a couple of short days. Britex Fabrics thanks you for your patronage, and wishes everyone a fabulously creative upcoming new year. In the oft quoted words of Robert Burns:
“And for auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne”

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December 31st – Britex Fabrics closes at 4 pm

REMINDER ~ Holiday hours: New Years Eve, Thursday December 31st – Close at 4pm. Best wishes to everyone for 2010!

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