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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 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.

(click image for pattern)

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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… 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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Green and Grey Floral Cotton

I cannot resist this home decorating print! This chartreuse, shades of charcoal grey, and leaf green floral cotton would make great Roman shades! I can imaging waking up to robins chirping merrily outside, a cool spring breeze blowing into my room, and then sitting up in bed with a cup of candy bar coffee on one hand, and my diary on my lap.

(54” wide/$27.99 yard/cotton/Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor)

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Birds with Nests – Home Decorating Fabric

I love this new home decorating fabric depicting delightfully perched wrens with their nests, springtime flowering tree branches, and cavorting butterflies. I’d use it for pleated kitchen curtains, and trim them with swinging oversized blue ball-fringe! This 54” wide cotton is available on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor for $29.99/yard. It comes in blue/rusty orange/yellow ocher (shown) or pink/taupe/fuchsia. Emily says it best:
“For every Bird a Nest —
Wherefore in timid quest
Some little Wren goes seeking round —
Wherefore when boughs are free —
Households in every tree —
Pilgrim be found?
Perhaps a home too high —
Ah Aristocracy!
The little Wren desires —
Perhaps of twig so fine —
Of twine e’en superfine,
Her pride aspires —
The Lark is not ashamed
To build upon the ground
Her modest house —
Yet who of all the throng
Dancing around the sun
Does so rejoice?”

(Emily Dickinson)

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Sea Creatures Fabric & Shower Curtain

This home decorating fabric festooned with beautifully drawn sea creatures, would dress up your bathroom swimmingly. I’d like it as a shower curtain, with a matching sink skirt. It would be perfect for a little jolt of springtime rejuvenation.
“I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’ garden in the shade
He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been
In his octopus’ garden in the shade”
(By Ringo)

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Cloche by Alexa

Alexa knitted this cloche for Stephanie from Britex wool yarn in shades of berry, and using the cover pattern from the book “Boutique Knits: 20+ Must-Have Accessories” by Laura Irwin. This cozy knit hat is perfect to wear while drinking hot chocolate at the beach on chilly San Francisco nights.

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