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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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Rabbit Queen Embroidery Pattern

Just in time to embroider for Valentine’s day is Her Majesty, the Rabbit Queen, courtesy of the talented Andrea Zuill of http://zuill.us/andreablog. With her sweet doe eyes, her outstandingly upright ears, and royal crown & ruff, she would look wonderful stitched on each corner of a linen tablecloth.

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Chocolate Brown Wool with Abstract Felted Design

Colette from the 1st floor of Britex Fabrics longs to make this chocolate brown wool up into a sweeping full-length hooded cloak. It would be romantically enchanting lined in rust moiré silk taffeta, with outsized black horn buttons. This fabric is 35% wool/65% poly, with abstract loops of yarn that are lightly felted onto its surface. The swirling felted design is reminiscent of work by painters from the abstract expressionist movement. (58” wide & $59.95/yard)

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Best Wishes from Britex in 2010

Yeah! It will be 2010 in a couple of short days. Britex Fabrics thanks you for your patronage, and wishes everyone a fabulously creative upcoming new year. In the oft quoted words of Robert Burns:
“And for auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne”

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Gnome Fabric (in Paris)

The world-traveling Mr. Gnome is relaxing in Paris this week. Next week he is jaunting to Italy. Wouldn’t this cotton fabric be jolly as a yoga mat bag! Ah, I hear Édith Piaf singing “La Vie en rose” in the distance…..
“Des yeux qui font baisser les miens,
Un rire qui se perd sur sa bouche—
Voilà le portrait sans retouche
De l’homme auquel j’appartiens.”

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Telephone Bench Upholstery Project by Magdalena

Magdalena, a Canadian customer, emailed us this project that she completed with Britex Fabrics. She bought this telephone bench for $5 at a community garage sale during the summer. Her boyfriend sanded and re-finished all the wood while she (very successfully!) attempted her first upholstery job. They knew they wanted something fun and colorful, but had a really hard time finding the right fabric. On a recent trip to San Francisco, while delighting in wandering the city, they found themselves in Britex fabrics and discovered this owl inspired print on the shelves…”the rest is history.”

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Baby Kimono Shoes

homespun-threads.com designed these elfin slippers. These adorable wee shoes are perfect for the newest member of your family or community. You can make them as wild or as sweet as you’d like by varying the fabric. I can imagine them in rockin’ flames and coordinating Day of the Dead fabric, or maybe periwinkle stripes and coordinating silver stars & moons.

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