The industrious elves on the 3rd floor assembled this Children’s Sewing Kit in time for the winter holidays! This portable kit for little textile beginners includes a padded sewing basket, an old-fashioned tomato pin cushion and pins, four spools of Gutermann thread, Clotilde hand sewing needles, a wee rubber silicone thimble, a rainbow assortment of embroidery floss, a retractable measuring tape, professional tailor’s chalk, Gingher scissors, a stack of primary colored plastic buttons, and a bundle of nine felt squares to practice their developing sewing skills! (Cost – $100)
Here is an idea for a felt needle case; little beginning project using felt, buttons, and the easy to learn blanket stitch!
The clever elves on the notions floor at Britex have hung their stockings around the fireplace with care. With such a festive fire, who can blame the littlest googly-eyed flicker of a flame as she toasts a marshmallow? Pass the chocolate and graham crackers….anyone want some s’mores?
Chickpea Studios presents this free cute and easy baby bib pattern. You only need one third of a yard of cotton for the front, and one third of a yard of flannel, cloth diaper or terry for the back to give you enough material for four or five bibs. Make bibs up with Day of the Dead fabric, daddy’o flames, jolly snowmen, or frolicking kitties. These are just the thing to keep applesauce and mashed peas off your wee tykes clothing!
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.
Rickshaw is a San Francisco-based bag company. Inspired by the creative energy of our city, urban cycling and an intense desire to make great products, we started Rickshaw to satisfy our personal passion for bags…..In addition to our passion for bags, we share a strong set of humanistic, environmental and social values that guide the way we conduct every aspect of our business.” As for custom bags, they basically need about two yards of fabric for any size Zero bag, or a 15×19 piece of fabric for a commuter bag. Below is a custom bag made of Britex Fabrics fabric, and some standard bags…also made of Britex Fabrics fabric. We love it when a local company makes such beautiful things!
“The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.” –Iris Murdoch
Just in time for Hanukkah, Britex (and Bretts) present an Instructable for a beauteous no-sew leather kippah (yamulkah). Make kippot as gifts…and then later fry latkes and sing “S’vivon Sov Sov Sov”. All are made with leather scraps purchased from Britex Fabrics, 146 Geary Street, S.F. CA.,
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.
Britex Fabrics and www.ShopBritexNotions.com, Britex Fabrics’ online notions store, are now shipping internationally! At this time, M. Du Jour cannot hand-deliver your buttons to your bâtiment de plusieurs chambers in Paris, but packages are shipped by U.S. postal service. We are excited about this worldwide expansion.
Chartreuse winged sparrows perch gaily on fuchsia chainette in this Japanese cotton/linen print. This fabric would be smashing made up with Decades of Style pattern #4008, a 1940’s retro-style rodeo cowgirl shirt with optional piping. Can birds chirp “yippie ki-yay”?
“We’re old cowhands from the Rio Grande
And we come to town just to hear the band
We know all the songs that the cowboys know
‘Bbout the big corral where the doggies go
We learned them all on the radio
Yippie yi yo kayah”
(By Johnny Mercer)
Oooh! Another super cute project by Hillary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls. Here are two charmingly sweet 7” elves to embroider using a simple backstitch (or chainstitch). She shows them on rustic looking muslin stockings, but they could also be embroidered on a smock or holiday tea towel.