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Free Vintage Nautical and Playing Card Cross-Stitch Patterns


I found this vintage cross-stitch playing card when on a search for vintage nautical cross-stitch patterns. I eventually found what I desired over at The Antique Pattern Library and Tantes Zolder. Moderne Stickvorlagen: Dessins de Broderies [c. 1880] contained charts of amazing art nouveau anchors and fonts, and Le Filet Brodé: 50 Modèles Inédits Collection DAe Album No. 5 Les Dentelles De Lin. Lille [c.1900] has playing playing cards, mythological & astrological motifs, Louis IV era designs, and more. My nefarious plan is to embroider this spiffy King of Diamonds on the corners of a tablecloth for my next board game night. One king in rosy red, one in marine blue, one in espresso brown, and the last in midnight black. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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Chantilly Lace


Britex has beauteous Chantilly lace. Chantilly lace was first made in France in the 17th century, and is renowned for its fine ground and scrumptious detail. Chantilly lace is a romantically delicate lace which is ideal for wedding and bridal use, including trim for gowns and veils. Here are two examples of Chantilly laces that live on our 3rd floor bridal department. The lace trim on the left is white, has fairly deep floral scalloped edges with light eyelashes, repeating center floral and leaf medallions, a lovely netting background, is 5” wide, $49.95/yard, and is made in France. The lace trim on the right is a winter-white, has very shallow scalloped edges with light eyelashes, a fine netting background with scattered leaves, a floral and swag border motif, is 6 1/2” wide, $49.95/yard, and is made in Italy. We also offer a mail order service and can ship to most countries. Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing this lace.

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New Tartan Wool From Scotland at Britex Fabrics


Britex just got in a shipment of stunning tartans from Scotland. These medium weight wools would be splendid as a snappy waistcoat, a casual shirt, or a tailored skirt. The colors are luscious, and each bolt is marked with the appropriate clan or regiment. Clans and regiments include: Douglas Grey, Ancient Anderson, MacKellar, Gordon, Stewart, Erskine, Wallace, Isle of Skye, Lindsey, Stewart Dress, Leinster, Stewart Royal, Fraser, Kennedy, Gordon Dress, Kilgour, Ancient Culloden, Douglas, Buchanan, Murray of Athol, MacDonald Dress, McLean of Duart, Black Watch, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Bruce of Kinnaird, Ancient Cameron, and Ancient Macrae. These 100% wool plaid fabrics are 60” wide, $110/yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 1st floor. We also offer a mail order service and can ship to most countries. Please contact us through our Britex-by-Mail page for detailed assistance.

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Extreme Knitting with Rachel John


You’ve heard of extreme sports…… Rachel John has developed that most esteemed activity, extreme knitting! Rachel pulls between 3-200 mixed yarn strands simultaneously and hand knits the resulting yarn into large deeply dense carpets and other items. We love the blend of colors and textures that results from using such a wide variety of yarns in one stitch. Watch Rachel extreme knit!

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Free Child’s Highchair Seat Cover Pattern


Mikmik from Ljubljana, Slovenia designed this free child’s highchair seat cover pattern for BurdaStyle. It fits the Ikea ANTILOP highchair; all you need is some fabric and batting….the instructions include a PDF printable pattern. We think it would be super cute in a frisky Japanese cotton print or a bright block-print fabric.

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Graffiti Home Decorating Fabric


Mr. Hanzo of Harputs loves to visit Britex Fabrics for his afternoon nap! Mr. Hanzo, a sweet Shiba Inu, has a dog bed that is made of graffiti adorned fabric found at Britex; $39.99 a yard, 57” wide, and from 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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Flowered Flannel & PJ Pants


Like bushy-tailed squirrels burying nuts in the yard, it is time to start getting ready for the cold winter months ahead. Here are three brightly colored and blooming flannel prints would be perfectly toasty and snugly sewn into pajama pants or a robe. Brrrrrr…….make a cuppa hot coca and watch the snowflakes fall! These flannels are $12.99 a yard, 42” wide, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

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Felted Boutonnière by Moxie


We deeply desire this grey and cherry red felted boutonnière made by Moxie, President and Director of Vendor Relations of Urban Craft Uprising, Seattle’s largest indie craft show. Wouldn’t it look smashingly swell on the lapel of a black velveteen three-piece suit? It makes me yearn for a toaster to plug into.

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Black Midi Skirt – by Heidi


Heidi from Oakland School for the Arts whipped this chic high-waisted black skirt together overnight. Really…overnight! She did not use a pattern; it is essentially a sewn rectangle with an attached sash and pockets. We love the style’s combination of carefree insolence and practicality. It is made with 1 ½ yards of 55” wide cotton. The cotton she used cost $5.99 a yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

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Sew a Shirt Collar with a Stand


Kathie of RaMonsterWear and SewMamaSew has ganged up to present this tutorial on making a shirt collar with a collar stand. And if anyone can slap together a collar with stand, it is Kathie….check out these pictures of custom-made glitzy Western wear shirts that she made! Now there is no excuse not to fashion a glorious new shirt for yourself (or your favorite dandy)

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