I cannot resist this home decorating print! This chartreuse, shades of charcoal grey, and leaf green floral cotton would make great Roman shades! I can imaging waking up to robins chirping merrily outside, a cool spring breeze blowing into my room, and then sitting up in bed with a cup of candy bar coffee on one hand, and my diary on my lap.
I love this new home decorating fabric depicting delightfully perched wrens with their nests, springtime flowering tree branches, and cavorting butterflies. I’d use it for pleated kitchen curtains, and trim them with swinging oversized blue ball-fringe! This 54” wide cotton is available on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor for $29.99/yard. It comes in blue/rusty orange/yellow ocher (shown) or pink/taupe/fuchsia. Emily says it best:
“For every Bird a Nest –
Wherefore in timid quest
Some little Wren goes seeking round –
Wherefore when boughs are free –
Households in every tree –
Pilgrim be found?
Perhaps a home too high –
The little Wren desires –
Perhaps of twig so fine –
Of twine e’en superfine,
Her pride aspires –
The Lark is not ashamed
To build upon the ground
Her modest house –
Yet who of all the throng
Dancing around the sun
Does so rejoice?”
This home decorating fabric festooned with beautifully drawn sea creatures, would dress up your bathroom swimmingly. I’d like it as a shower curtain, with a matching sink skirt. It would be perfect for a little jolt of springtime rejuvenation.
“I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’ garden in the shade
He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been
In his octopus’ garden in the shade”
Alexa knitted this cloche for Stephanie from Britex wool yarn in shades of berry, and using the cover pattern from the book “Boutique Knits: 20+ Must-Have Accessories” by Laura Irwin. This cozy knit hat is perfect to wear while drinking hot chocolate at the beach on chilly San Francisco nights.
Marie-Christine Mahe at Knitty has created this easy knitted faux fox stole, complete with sharp, beady eyes and limp, dangling paws. With just three balls of fuzzy yarn, some craft supplies and a little time, and you too can be a glamour-puss! Grrrr, baby…come just a little bit closer.
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March rain portends warm days, lounging in café garden patios under striped umbrellas drinking lattes and eating frites, twittering sparrows, and springtime flowers. Britex brings you a new home decorating cotton with giant dandelion heads and très modern grey and yellow colors, it would be perfect made up into a slipcover for your favorite reading chair. “Dandelion Head” is available at Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor home dec department for $27.99/yard. If you can’t make it in, call 415-392-2910, and ask for Alex or Jeanette.
Sugarcookie’s favorite color is orange, and she knows that leopard is the new black. Her mother made this be-eared knit hat from Italian viscose/lycra from Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor. It is just the thing to keep wee ears toasty during chilly and damp San Francisco winter days!
Britex Fabrics carries the retro reproduction patterns, Truly Victorian and Decades of Style! These are great for making springtime lawn party, and afternoon tea gathering garb.
There is an art to sewing buttons on a garment correctly. Many folks fail in this deceptively simple task with a tangle of broken thread and bloody fingertips. Ragnar Torfason from the Tempus’ Sewing & Garb Accessories Weeb Site has written beautifully clear, accurate instructions for sewing shank and holed buttons. Yeah, Ragnar!
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO FALL 2010
- Get tips on working on some of the new fabrics: stretch wovens, microfibers, knits, boiled wool, sheers, tulle, silks, stretch moleskin, vinyl shearling and more.
- Learn when and how to underline.
- Learn how to make bias cuts work for you as well as how to prevent drag lines on seams and make invisible hems.
- Get the lowdown on appropriate seam and hem finishes for a variety of different fabrics.
- Learn how to insert flawless invisible zippers.
Sandra Betzina, host of the Power Sewing WebTV Show, is a world-renowned sewing instructor. Sandra is the author of More Fabric Savvy, Fast Fit, Power Sewing Step-by-Step, Sandra Sews for the Home and No Time to Sew. She has produced a skill series of 11 DVDs and also designs a full line of patterns for Vogue under the Today’s Fit Tab. Sandra is also a popular speaker and hosts several week-long sewing retreats in San Francisco throughout the year. For more information about Sandra Betzina, the Power Sewing WebTV Show and her books and patterns visit www.powersewing.com.