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Cotton Boll Home Decorating Cotton

We love this taupe, cream, pink and maroon cotton home decorating fabric. Its giant wine-colored puffs remind me of cotton bolls. I want to cover wicker loveseat cushions with this, and then kick back with a glass of lemonade and an Agatha Christie novel, while listening to “Ol’ Man River” from the classic musical, Showboat.
“Ol’ man river,
Dat ol’ man river
He mus’ know sumpin’
But don’t say nuthin’,
He jes’ keeps rollin’
He keeps on rollin’ along.”
(By K. Kern and O. Hammerstein)

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Liberty of London – Art Nouveau Print

This Liberty of London Art Nouveau print has graceful flowing lines and clear muted colors. It is just the thing to segue from rainy winter mornings to the dewy newness of spring, and would make a luxuriously fabulous shawl-collared robe.

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Wool Jacket & Rayon Dress – Elena

Elana made this spring-time green casual rayon dress, and coordinating elegant wool jacket from fabric and notions from Britex Fabrics. She used a Burda pattern. The braiding on the jacket color, cuffs, and flap pockets is a lovely touch. I imagine wearing this chic outfit with a wide-brimmed white straw hat festooned with leaf green grosgrain ribbon trim.

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The Nutkin Twins – Embroidered Squirrels

Oh Mister Nutkin times two. Andrea Zuill at Badbirds Designs brings you the Nutkin twins…..which is the evil twin and which is the angelic twin? I have the feeling we will never know unless they stop looking at one another out of the corners of their eyes, turn around and duke it out with their furry little mitts! Or maybe they just want to get together and bake a springtime yellow cake. At any rate, these squirrels would be adorable embroidered on just about anything…..pajamas, a child’s top, an apron, or tea towels. All you need is the ability to form a simple chain stitch, and a smidgen of patience.


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Green Wool Dress – Mashia

Mashia made this stunning fitted dress from an Italian wool and polyamide from Britex Fabric’s first floor. The dress is lined in red, picking up the tiny bright specks in the evergreen wool fabric. She self-drafted it from a dress that fit her particularly well (but usually works from Burda or Vogue patterns.) We love this sheath dresses ¾ length sleeves, glamorous fit, and the insolent way Mashia has accessorized it with a violet braided belt and rayon scarf.

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Liberty of London – Paisley

I long to make a pair of pajamas in this paisley Liberty of London print! I’d make a long sleeve pajama shirt with a button front and mother-of-pearl buttons, banded flap pocket, and banded sleeve cuffs, and drawstring pants. Then I’d lounge about reading “Cleopatra: A Biography”, by Duane Roller, nibbling on flat bread wrapped around feta cheese and mint leaves, and drinking sweet hot tea that I’ve brewed in my brass samovar, with the sun streaming in like honey over my bare feet.

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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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