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Glamorous Lace Ruff

Everyone needs a ruff! They are a stellar glamorous accessory that will dress up any outfit for a trip to the opera, or the latest avant-garde dance performance. Make sure that you use 100% cotton lace for ease in starching and ironing.

Materials:
1. 2-inch wide grosgrain ribbon same color as the lace – your neck circumference plus 2”
2. 2 1/2” – 4” wide edged lace (natural fiber) – 5 times the circumference of your neck
3. Needle and thread
4. Hook and eye
5. Heavy duty spray starch
6. Pencil & ruler

Directions (you will be making the most casual of cartridge pleats):
1. Starch your lace using heavy spray starch and an iron.
2. Mark un-edged side of lace every 1 inch.
3. Make a small stitch through 5 marked points, gather into pleats, and tack the pleats with a few stitches.
4. Pleat the rest of the lace in the same manner.
5. Divide each pleat so that 2 folds lay left & 2 folds lay right.
6. Line up the edges evenly and stitch, then sew the ruff to the grosgrain band.
7. Sew a hook and eye to fasten the ruff. Wear with romantic languishment.

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BurdaStyle/Britex Booth at Maker Faire – Editor’s Choice 2010

The BurdaStyle/Britex booth won a blue Editor’s Choice ribbon at the Bay Area Maker Faire 2010! Here are some photos from that fantabulous event. More to come…….

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David Sebastian is here!

Britex Fabrics’ stockroom maverick, Luis, and his wife, Rachelle are now beaming parents! Rachelle gave birth to David Sebastian last week. Weighing in at over 10 pounds, David is a healthy strapping lad!

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Getting Ready for Maker Faire!

Here is Britex Fabrics getting ready for Maker Faire (we’ll be there with Burda Style and Singer). Yes, that really *is* a chandelier made out of Britex Pens. Maker Faire is this weekend, May 22nd and 23rd at San Mateo County Event Center San Mateo, CA. Come by and join Britex Fabrics, BurdaStyle, and Singer in booth #218 in the Expo Hall for a fabulous Make + Take!

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Skate Toe Guards – Kristin

Kristin made these stylin’ skate toe guards from Britex Fabric’s leather scraps. Now we can all feel tha funk while skating in Golden Gate Park. Get down and disco boogie!

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Make a Pair of Cufflinks with Buttons!

Materials:

  • Four shank backed buttons
  • Two 10” lengths of metal wire
  • Directions:

  • Thread the wire through the shanks in pairs.
  • Space them ½” apart at the wire center, and torque the wire between the two buttons into a figure eight.
  • Wrap one end of the wire 3 – 5 times around the center of the figure-8, between the two buttons, toward one button shank, and pulling the wire through the shank. Trim the sharp end.
  • Repeat with the other wire end, wrapping it towards the remaining button shank.
  • Repeat steps 1 – 5 with your other two buttons.
  • Voila! You now have a set of suave double-button cufflinks.

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    How to Embroider!

    The Embroiderers’ Guild has clear online illustrations and descriptions for the embroidery stitches used to complete their free online craft projects. Stitches include the herringbone stitch, Bokhara couching, ladder stitch, broad chain stitch, long and short stitch, bullion knots, Romanian couching, chain stitch, running stitch, seeding, cross stitch, and French knots. I have a soft spot for their luscious French knot covered pebble.

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    Embroidered Artwork – Marlene Bloomberg

    French artisan Marlene Bloomberg buys embroidery floss and mat fabric from Britex Fabrics to create her remarkable textile artwork. She uses her well-honed textile techniques to produce pointillist work bordering on the surreal. Her work is done on 24 stitch canvas, and she uses embroidery stitches including the tent stitch, bullion knots, French knots, and chain stitch. She believes that “Art is meant to set people free from the humdrum reality of everyday life. When there is a balance between emotion, shape, and color, magic can emerge; and only then can one get a glimpse of the eternal triangle of truth, goodness, and beauty.

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    Maker Faire – May 22nd and 23rd!

    Yeah! Maker Faire is this weekend, May 22nd and 23rd at San Mateo County Event Center San Mateo, CA (see map). Come by and join Britex Fabrics, BurdaStyle, and Singer in booth #218 in the Expo Hall for a fabulous Make + Take! We will offer two fast and easy projects to create. You can sign up for either the Easy Drawstring Bag or Roll-Up Organizer. There will be awesome fabric provided by moi, and sewing machines provided by SINGER….and then once your project is created, you’ll also be able to iron on some très chic graphics! Also check out BurdaStyle’s special Maker Faire blog………

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    Eyeglasses Case

    Gypsy Writer posted these easy-peasy directions on sewing an eyeglasses case on Instructables. We think that this case would be practically snappy made up with leather scraps from our 4th floor leather bin, or a bit of Glenn Plaid raincoat fabric.

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