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Thursday, October 7th Craft Bar!


Yeah…..Craft Bar is one year old! While they aren’t baking cupcakes with sprinkles, they’re celebrating with lots of projects from Etsy Labs. Student night returns, and everyone can enjoy prizes, music, and refreshments from Lavash Restaurant. Resident Crafters instruct the making of cozy sock skeletons, traditional Mexican pictograph stamps, and pumpkin plushies from recycled sweaters. Visiting artists Meighan O’Toole, author of the blog My Love for You is a Stampede of Horses, will be making Gods-Eyes and Katy Kristin will show you how to sew cuddly plushies. For those who prefer a less-structured crafting experience, perfect your knitting and crocheting skills in our free-form Stitch ‘n Bitch area. $5 admission to the gallery includes materials and instruction for all crafts, and students are free. Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane, SF, Ca 94103 6-9pm

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Make a Velvet Cloak


Vaargard Malorills from The High Fantasy Society wrote and posted these clear and fabulous directions for making a 3-pocketed, lined full-length cloak with (or without) a hood. This cloak only takes four yards of fabric and four yards of lining…five yards if you wish to add the hood, who wouldn’t want a hood?! I’d love to have a simple cloak in plush midnight blue velvet with a black silk lining, and a gold, black and blue tassel on the tip of the hood. It would be just the thing to wear to a romantic night at the opera. In addition to fabrics, Britex also carries lovely ornate hook and eye fasteners in our 3rd floor notions department.

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Make Suspenders!


Jessica from RunningWithScissors has posted this awesome tutorial on making stylin’ suspenders or braces. She made them for her two year old, but they could be upsized for anyone! I imagine using colored elastic, metallic embossed leather, and classic horn buttons to tone all that fabulousness down a notch. All they require are six buttons, 1″ wide elastic, and a wee scrap of leather…all items that can be found at Britex. These would be perfect to wear to croquet parties.

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Britex Fall Sale! October 11th & 12th


BRITEX FABRICS FALL SALE – 30% OFF* Fabrics – All Notions – All Remnants . Monday, Oct. 11 (10-7) – Tuesday, Oct. 12 (10-6). *Sale limited to stock on floor. *Imported laces, velvets and specialty items not included. *No special orders, mail or phone orders

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Free Vintage Knit Pram Set Pattern


The generous folks at FreeVintageKnitting bring you this charming knit pram set consisting of a jacket and hood, leggings and mittens in two sizes (6m and 12m.) We love the elfin hood and long to sew a giant pom-pom on its tip. The jacket is double-breasted, offering an opportunity to spotlight these adorable lucky Kelly green monkey buttons.

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Sew a Regimental Coat, Circa 1781 – 1783


Jane Whiteside, Northwest Territory Alliance (NWTA) patternmaker, in conjunction with Judith Wicker have complied a set of directions for a regimental coat for the uniform of the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard, circa 1781 – 1783. We are quite enamored of the fine detailing that goes into antique clothing; I am fascinated by the wee hearts that reinforce and accent the coat tails. With 20 buttons marching up the front alone, these coats require some serious buttoning, and Britex is prepared! We have just gotten in a shipment of metal military and blazer buttons from a U.S. manufacturer, including many military motifs (although sadly, none from 1783.) This coat would be elegant done up in deep violet wool, with mustard and midnight blue striped silk lining, and accented with dozens of gold be-eagled buttons. It is time to resurrect this look of splendid grandeur!

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Dotty-licious Cotton Fabrics at Britex


We just got in these dotty-licious cotton fabrics this week! The first fabric has a leafy olive green background and rows of stalwart polka-dotted penny bun mushrooms (44” wide and $14.99/yard), and then we have egg and bird silhouette fabric in two color-ways…yummy fuchsia with canary yellow, and lime green with robin’s egg blue (44” wide and $12.99/yard). This 100% cotton medium-weight fabric can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy this fabric.

If you wish another fabric, contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.

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Conversational Heart Dress – Darlene


Here is Darlene from the 3rd floor in her candy heart dress. This sweet little number is made of a conversational heart strewn cotton print, has handy side pockets, and is wonderfully fitted. Darlene drafted the pattern herself and hand-picked the side zipper. We love how she added a rainbow scattering of bugle beads to beautify the zipper-line…this kind of detailing is what makes hand-sewn items so charming! Although we are out of the black heart fabric, Britex has bubble-gum pink heart fabric on the 2nd floor.
Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy this fabric.

If you wish another fabric, contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.

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Make Elizabethan Fencing Gloves


Franchesca of glove.org brings us the instructions for constructing Elizabethan duello (rapier/fencing gloves) gloves circa 1640. Why not dandify ones mitts in this splendid fashion? These gloves require two to four-ounce (2 mm) kid, pig, chamois, or suede leather, and Britex Fabrics carries many marvelous colors of glove-weight leather on the 4th floor.

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The k11 October 2nd Craft Sale in Berkeley


The talented folks at knit-one-one, a Berkeley studio that teaches knitting, felting, weaving and other textile arts for crafters of all skill levels, is sponsoring a free craft show Saturday, October 2nd! Be sure and stop by knit-one-one for inspiration and luscious local hand-crafted items.
When: Saturday October 2, 10 to 4
Where: The knit-one-one studio, 3360 Adeline Street, Berkeley CA 94703
Who: These fabulous crafters: Koide Studio, Jen Hewett Studio, Hairphernalia, Fresh On Mondays, Clarine’s Florentines, HoneyComb Jewelry, Heathered, King Bag Company, Reware, Tinted Mint, Peanoonies, and Tiny Sparks Design.

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