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3 Stitches – Running, Basting, and Gathering Stitches


Here are several very basic hand stitches, the running stitch, basting stitch, and the gathering stitch, all illustrated and written up by the wondrously talented Gail, at Art, Beauty and Well-Ordered Chaos. Hand-sewing is perfect for making smaller items such as doll clothing or clip-on bow-ties, or for mending tears or hem mishaps. Hand-sewing is also invaluable for finishing more finely constructed or tailored garments; nothing can beat the art of a hand-sewn hem!

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Rooster, Toadstools and Alarm Clocks, Oh My!


This print is so lively and kitchen-licious that it makes me want to can some late summer peaches into vanilla-infused white peach sauce, and Marisa at FoodInJars can tell me how to undertake this fragrant and yummy task! I love the melody of toadstools, wee marching birds, tulips, fruit, and roosters that prance helter-skelter across this cotton; it would be perfect as kitchen café curtains and trimmed with giant puffs of white ball fringe! This apparel-weight cotton fabric is 44” wide, $14.99 a yard, and found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

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Italian Velvet Home Decorating Fabric


This soft and scrumptious home decorating velvet is imported from romantic Italy, and comes in four color ways, taupe, mossy green, burnt orange or ocher. The design is a graceful Arabesque pattern, accented with open pomegranates and thistles. This velvet would be elegant made into drapes for a home library, with each window flanked by ceiling-high mahogany bookshelves, and facing a stone fireplace. This home decorating fabric is 56” wide, $145 a yard, and 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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Make Leather 1750′s Fly-Front Breeches


It is official; we are head-over-heels in love with Gail Art, at Art, Beauty and Well-Ordered Chaos. Here she gives step-by-step instructions with photos on how to make leather 1750′s fly-front (or French Fly) hand-sewn Braintan breeches. Being a bit button-crazy, I am particularly enamored with the carefully constructed button-fly and the buttons running down each leg. So you can plan ahead….Britex Fabrics carries leather hides on the 4th floor that are suitable for this amazing project.

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Kelim-Inspired Home Decorating Fabric


I want to make a window seat, and cover it with this amazing kelim-inspired home decorating fabric. I love the diamond-shaped serrated medallions and the bold colors. The seat would be oh-so-cosy piled with bolsters and pillows in lush paisley velvets and stuffed Kurdish saddle bags. This gorgeous home decorating fabric is 54” wide, $95.00 a yard, and 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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How to Make Hand-Sewn Buttonholes


Gail Art, clothier and blogger at Art, Beauty and Well-Ordered Chaos has made wonderfully clear tutorial on how to make hand-sewn buttonholes. Sarai comes through with reproductions of vintage sewing book buttonhole directions; three styles are depicted including plain, with a bar, and with a corded edge. We love how delicate, yet elegantly sturdy hand-sewn buttonholes look. Hand-sewing is an art that deserves to be rediscovered for everyday use. Remember, practice and silky buttonhole twist thread makes all the difference in the final quality of your work.

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Vibrant Birthday Quilt – by Patricia


Patricia made this colorful quilt from Britex cottons for a friend’s birthday. Her friend loves vibrant colors, and this fills the bill! I love the floating hot-air balloons, the orange giraffe silhouettes, and how the striped fabric brings all the colors together. These quilting cottons can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

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Flo the Knitted Elephant


Franklin from Knitty.com brings you the story and pattern for an adorable, floppy-eared nursery elephant. This charming creature named Flo comes with an even more charming tale! Designed in the 1930s; the pattern was transcribed in the 1950s by Franklin’s mother Sue, who eventually made a variable herd of these delightful Pachydermata. If you start knitting now, you can too make a pack for holiday gifts!

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Mohair Fabric at Britex


Autumn is approaching! This bright navy mohair fabric, patterned in a Glenn plaid in brilliant turquoise and accented with a delicate chartreuse would make a luxuriously snugly throw or a fine silk-lined jacket. This mohair is imported from England….where they need to keep warm with all that gloomy rain. It is 62” wide, $95.00 a yard, and found on Britex Fabric’s 1st floor.

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Burnt Orange Swirly Home Decorating Fabric


I love this lively burnt orange home decorating fabric, with its chocolate brown and muted chartreuse swirls that remind me of fairy antenna. I’d cover a Mission Morris recliner with it, and then lean back with my feet up, reading a juicy Russian novel, a purring cat on my lap, a cup of sweet milky black tea on an etched copper tea tray, Nina Simone crooning from the stereo, and the sound of your key in the door. This home decorating fabric is 56” wide, all cotton, $39.99 a yard, and found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.
“You’d be so nice to come home to
You’d be so nice by the fire
While that breeze on night sings a lullaby
You’d be all my heart could desire
Under stars chilled by the winter
Under an August moon shining above
You’d be so nice you’d be paradise”

(By Cole Porter)

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