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Linen Settee with Butterflies by Mary

Mary from Emeryville fell hard for our stunning butterfly-ed linen….you know how it is when you develop zombie lust for a particular luscious fabric! So she had her cozy settee upholstered with the object of her affection. Now, flocks of dragonflies, caterpillars, beetles, ladybugs, and butterflies cavort in her living room.

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Wool Knit Top & Yellow Leather Jeans by David

David started sewing with a Kenmore, and has been sewing since 8th grade. The years spent honing his skills show in the fine beauty and verve of his clothing. He is wearing a self-drafted wool knit shirt with velvet trim running down the extra-long sleeves, and black stretch trim finishing the edges. His buttery yellow leather slacks were also self-drafted from a pair of favorite 1970’s bell-bottoms. He also constructed his bag….and everything is made from Britex “ingredients”.

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Vintage Cross-Stitch Sampler for Valentine’s Day

This free vintage DMC cross-stitch sampler pattern is adorned with love-birds carrying a wee banner of four-leaf clovers between their beaks. The heart-shaped leaves and charming bird silhouettes make this an ideal piece to work up as a hand-crafted Valentine’s day card for a special someone. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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Britex Weddings – Luis and Rachelle

Love is blooming in Britex! Here is Britex Fabrics’ stock man, Luis, with his lovely bride, Rachelle. We wish them all the best as they feather their love nest.

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Tea Cozy – by Mollie Johanson

Wet, chilly days like this make me think of sharing gossip and cups of hot chamomile or Darjeeling tea with a pal. Mollie Johanson at wildolive.blogspot.com designed this exceedingly simple and cute tea cozy, so that your tea stays as lively as your witty banter. All you need are 1/3 yard or so of outer fabric, lining, and cotton batting, along with felt scraps for the appliqué and embroidery floss to add detailing.

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Purple Plaid Mohair Coat by Yolanda

This fabulous and fuzzy purple plaid mohair coat was made by Yolanda. The coat pattern was self-drafted and she also made covered buttons. You can see her skill as a seamstress in the meticulous matching of the plaids. Douglas from Britex’s first floor was instrumental in assisting in her fabric choice. Yolanda has sewn for folks in Hollywood (including actress Doris Day) and Disney. If you look carefully in Disneyland’s Small World exhibit, you will see her handiwork!

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Quilted Kaleidoscope Hearts

This simple quilting technique from Bethany Reynolds produces an avalanche of kaleidoscope hearts; perfect for Valentine’s Day. The hearts are constructed from strips of fabric ½” by 21″, so this would be a lovely way to use up all of your scraps of Liberty of London cottons. Love makes us d-i-z-z-y!

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VintageSewing.info: Vintage Sewing Reference Library

The folks at VintageSewing.info have graciously gathered an amazing amount of practical information for seamstress’ everywhere. Their searchable Vintage Sewing Reference Library includes works published between 1893 and 1952, with detailed instructions for everything from how to sew evening net gloves, types of laundry bluing, and pattern construction of capes, ties, neckwear and scarves. Using Britex fabrics and resources from the folks at VintageSewing, you can attire yourself in dapper and romantic fashions from the past.

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Knitted Valentine Heart

Nothing says “I love you” like a warm heart, and what could be better than a fuzzy, hand-knitted one! Kristin Ledgett of knitty.com made this soft little beating heart pattern for you to make in time to give to your sweetie for Valentine’s Day.

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Coats Made from Japanese-style Fabrics from Britex – by Jennifer

Jennifer sent us photos of her handiwork. She says, “All of these Japanese-style fabrics are from Britex. Two of the coats are “personal designs”, and three are from combined patterns to make each more unique. Each coat is lined with silk, and has an inside pocket with a Betty Boop button, just for fun. Working with beautifully weighted cottons, rayon, or tapestry fabrics is the best reason to sew!” Photos were taken by Paul Kirshner Studios.

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