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Silk Dragonfly Pillows – Audrey

Audrey sent us pictures of three elegant platinum silk dragonfly pillows her mother made for her, from a two yard piece that she bought on Britex’s remnant floor. She said, “They are very simple, easy-to-make items. They go perfectly with my linen covered couch.” We love how the pillow’s smooth texture complements the rougher texture of the linen couch!

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Liberty of London and Smocking!

Britex loves smocking! Along with other fascinating home-maker’s arts, heirloom sewing techniques are making a resurgence. This sewing technique involves making simple tucks to pleat fabric. More complicated smocking patterns include the introduction of scattered embroidered motifs using feather, honeycomb, wave, or diamond stitches. Vogue has several children’s smocking patterns for dresses, shirts and short overalls. Liberty of London cotton is ideal for this easy to learn heirloom sewing technique. Its soft drapability lends itself to the fine gathers that are characteristic of smocking. I can imagine a certain vivacious red-headed sprite swinging from tree branches, while wearing a smocked dress made out of this navy blue Liberty of London print!
“Oh little playmate,
Come out and play with me,
And bring your dollies three,
Climb up my apple tree,
Slide down my rainbow,
Into my cellar door,
And we’ll be jolly friends,
Forever more, more, more!”

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Kitty Cat Crocheted Hat

Bethany James from Crochetme.com designed this charming kitty cat hat for all you feline lovers. Now, everyone raise your left front paw and say “Meow!”


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Liberty of London fabric is here!

The new Liberty of London is finally here! We have 32 bolts on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor. I’ve been told they will be ready by this weekend. There are several patterns that I am swooning to make into spring pajamas with contrasting collar and cuff piping.

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Velour Shirt – Ty

Ty, a student at FIDM, made this soft ‘n scrumptious green velour shirt in a few hours. The pattern was self-drafted from an old bowling shirt. We particularly dig the groovy retro feel!

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Liberty of London – Peacock Print

A tiny tawny mouse whispered into my dozing ear that Britex Fabrics will be getting a new shipment of Liberty of London cotton lawn in the next week! Since 1875, Liberty has been synonymous with luxury and great design. In 1975 Liberty celebrated its centenary, which was heralded by a major exhibition at the esteemed Victoria and Albert Museum. Direct from England, Liberty is taking the U.S. by storm! I yearn for a standing collar fitted shirt, with wide French cuffs made of this spectacularly soft cotton fabric in a peacock feathered print.

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Craft Bar with Etsy Labs @ MOCFA

CRAFT BAR with ETSY LABS @ MOCFA SF, Thursday April 1, 6-8pm. Students FREE!

Craft Bar with Etsy Labs at MOCFA continues! Join crafter extraordinaire Katy Kristin as she teaches you how to take old sweaters and turn them into cute and cuddly plushies or upcycled cup cozies with sweaters donated by Crossroads Trading Co.! April’s CRAFT BAR is free for students, and will feature live music from local favorite Allie Simpson. Not feeling the plushitude? Join Amelia Strader and Marita Klements in the stitch-n-bitch area for free-form knitting or crocheting with yarn donated by Simplicity. Take inspiration from the gallery and the store while you explore the creative process, socialize, and enjoy refreshments from Trumer Pils. Fee is $5 (for non-students) which includes one free beer, admission to the gallery, and all materials.

Resident Crafter Amelia will be doing the Etsy Virtual Lab ON www.etsy.com at 1 PM on April 1 – be sure to check it out if you can’t make it to Craft Bar!

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Leaf Green Tree Silhouette Home Decorating Fabric

Springtime in March was just a teaser; pink-blossomed trees and warm sunshine as I eat my lunch sitting at a café table, and then spitting rain and chilliness. This home decorating fabric with leaf green tree silhouettes helps me make it through the tag end of winter. I want to build a tree-house out of tag ends of lumber, and then invite my special friends up for ginger tea and Persian cardamom biscuits. This 54” wide cotton is available on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor for $29.99/yard.

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Crocheted Fingerless Gloves

Any traditional fingering-weight yarn would be cozy and chic for these easy-to-make crocheted fingerless gloves. I picture them made up in a mohair blend for maximum supple softness. They would add a nonchalant air to any late-night café tryst.


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Silk Sale – Selected Silks 50% off!

We have assembled a table-top of beautiful silk fabrics for you! Included are world-renowned designers Armani, Pucci, and Cavalle, along with silk fabric from Switzerland and Italy. These fabrics were originally priced between $22.99 & $175.00, and are now 50% off their marked price. This sale applies to in-store purchases only…..here is your excuse to make that spring-time trip to San Francisco! Just think, you could visit Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden and revel in the cherry blossoms, and then come over to Britex Fabrics for even more splendor.

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