November 17, 2009 – February 7, 2010
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 South First Street, San Jose, California 95113
Still Crazy explores the crazy quilt with a broad survey of the movement, mostly with examples from the Museum’s permanent collection. Crazy quilt making reached fad proportions during the Victorian period of 1876 – 1900. Made of fine dress fabrics like brocades, silks and velvets, and ribbons they were heavily embellished with areas of decorative embroidery or paint or even photographic images on fabric. They were most often made of irregular shapes and sizes, a kind of collage aesthetic, and they were pieced together with an astounding variety of embroidered stitches, in a multitude of colors. At the same time, crazy quilt designs had Asian influences, believed to be inspired by growing interest in the Far East at that time. They are dark, saturated and luxurious in look and feel, and the embroidered details are often nature inspired or symbolic or personal. This exhibit features an unusual variety of the kinds of textiles that were created such as quilts, wall hangings, table covers, comforters, to a one of-a-kind matching pair of Victorian parlor curtains.
Category Archive: Classes, Events & Shows
November 17, 2009 – February 7, 2010
Celebration of Craftswomen – Saturday & Sunday, November 28-29 and December 5-6, 2009. 10 am – 5 pm each day.
Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Fort Mason Center is located at Buchanan Street and Marina Blvd
Featured at the Celebration of Craftswomen are contemporary and traditional handcrafted items, such as:
• Functional and decorative ceramic and glass vessels
• Sculpted wood and works of metal.
• Polymer clay, beaded, stone and precious metal jewelry
• Woven, painted silk, leather clothing and wearables
• Home furniture and accessories
• Fine art sculpture
• Watercolor and oil paintings
The crafts fair will also offer live music, gourmet food, a benefit raffle, and a silent auction.
Trunk Show: Loretta Warner
Date & Time: Saturday, November 21, 2009, 1 – 3 pm
Local designer, Loretta Warner will be presenting her timeless, innovative knitwear and other garments in a trunk show at Britex Fabrics on Saturday, November 21st between 1 and 3 pm. Loretta is a trained Fashion Designer, a faculty member of the Fashion Department of San Francisco City College where she teaches courses in sewing, draping and millinery, and a private sewing instructor in her Berkeley studio. She is the featured artist in the premier issue of Interweave Press Knitscene Magazine (Fall/Winter 05). Having a lifelong love of the art, she is a true artisan and respected master craftswoman who continually studies both Fashion and Art in the exploration of possibility that is present through the use of all things colorful and tactile. Using a variety of tools and media, including the knitting machine and industrial sewing machine, Loretta is passionate about making timeless, beautiful clothing and art.
Scarf contest by Craftzine & Singer
Deadline November 23, 2009
CRAFT and SINGER® present the Me, My Scarf, and I Contest. The sew-tastic grand prize is a SINGER ProFinish Serger! To submit an entry, take a picture of yourself modeling your scarf, include a description of how the scarf describes your personality, and submit it to the Me, My Scarf, and I Contest Flickr Group.
October 15 – 18, 2009
Pacific International Quilt Festival XVIII
Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California
A spectacular collection of over 800 quilts and works of wearable and textile art including a 300 booth Merchants Mall offering everything for the quilter, artist and home sewer.
REMINDER: Applications are open for the 1st ever Renegade Craft Holiday Sale in SAN FRANCISCO! The event will take place December 19 + 20 from 11am – 7pm at the Fort Mason Center Herbst Pavilion. If you’re interested in applying to be a vendor, applications will be available from August 21 – October 9.
Open Source Embroidery Show, Oct. 2 — Jan. 24, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, SF, CA, The Open Source Embroidery exhibition presents artworks that use embroidery, thread, and code as a tool for participatory production and distribution. Open Source Embroidery includes workshops and exhibitions that investigate how the open source software development model has been incorporated into the language of cultural participation. This major exhibition brings together individual and collectively made artworks by artists, makers, computer programmers and html users that explore the relationship between craft and code through social and digital networks. The works experiment with interdisciplinary approaches to modifying patterns, the DIY culture of hacking and sampling in sound, GPS and mobile technologies.
The de Young museum, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park
November 14, 2009 — June 6, 2010
This exhibition features approximately 48 full-size and crib quilts dating from the 1880s to the 1940s. Quilts made by girls and women of various Amish communities in Pennsylvania and the Midwest are visual distillations of their way of life. The Amish faith embodies the principles of simplicity, humility, discipline, and community, but their quilts are anything but humble. Using a rich color palette and bold patterns, these quilts are truly a unique contribution to American textile history. The quilts highlight the beauty and complexity of the abstract patterns.
Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The exhibition is supported by The Brown Foundation, Inc.
BRITEX FABRICS FALL SALE – 30% OFF*
All Fabrics – All Notions – All Remnants
Monday, Oct. 12 (10-7) – Tuesday, Oct. 13 (10-6)
* Sale limited to stock on floor
* Imported laces and velvets not included
* No special orders, mail or phone orders