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Celebration of Craftswomen Show – S.F.

Celebration of Craftswomen – Saturday & Sunday, November 28-29 and December 5-6, 2009. 10 am – 5 pm each day.
Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Fort Mason Center is located at Buchanan Street and Marina Blvd
Featured at the Celebration of Craftswomen are contemporary and traditional handcrafted items, such as:
• Functional and decorative ceramic and glass vessels
• Sculpted wood and works of metal.
• Polymer clay, beaded, stone and precious metal jewelry
• Woven, painted silk, leather clothing and wearables
• Home furniture and accessories
• Fine art sculpture
• Photography
• Watercolor and oil paintings
The crafts fair will also offer live music, gourmet food, a benefit raffle, and a silent auction.

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International Shipping From ShopBritexNotions

Britex Fabrics and, Britex Fabrics’ online notions store, are now shipping internationally! At this time, M. Du Jour cannot hand-deliver your buttons to your bâtiment de plusieurs chambers in Paris, but packages are shipped by U.S. postal service. We are excited about this worldwide expansion.

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Cowgirl Shirt with Sparrows

Chartreuse winged sparrows perch gaily on fuchsia chainette in this Japanese cotton/linen print. This fabric would be smashing made up with Decades of Style pattern #4008, a 1940’s retro-style rodeo cowgirl shirt with optional piping. Can birds chirp “yippie ki-yay”?
“We’re old cowhands from the Rio Grande
And we come to town just to hear the band
We know all the songs that the cowboys know
‘Bbout the big corral where the doggies go
We learned them all on the radio
Yippie yi yo kayah”

(By Johnny Mercer)
Cowgirl Shirt in Japanese Fabric

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Embroidered Elves

Oooh! Another super cute project by Hillary Lang of Wee Wonderfuls. Here are two charmingly sweet 7” elves to embroider using a simple backstitch (or chainstitch). She shows them on rustic looking muslin stockings, but they could also be embroidered on a smock or holiday tea towel.

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Leather Kippah

Here is a beauteous kippah made by Bretts. The gleaming bronze leather is from Britex Fabrics. It is worn by Kevin Hinshaw, clarinet playing member of Orkestar Zirkonium, and the former music director of world renowned Circus Contraption.
Leather Kippah

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Feathered Hair Clip

Judy in one the befeathered hair ornaments made by the gals on Britex’s third floor. Judy often coordinates her beautiful swaying headdress’ with her outfit, and today is a study in the always classic black and white with a sparkling rhinestone button center! All materials are from the 3rd floor.
Black and White Hair Clip

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Local Designer, Loretta Warner – Trunk Show at Britex Fabrics

Britex Fabrics
Trunk Show: Loretta Warner
Date & Time: Saturday, November 21, 2009, 1 – 3 pm

Local designer, Loretta Warner will be presenting her timeless, innovative knitwear and other garments in a trunk show at Britex Fabrics on Saturday, November 21st between 1 and 3 pm. Loretta is a trained Fashion Designer, a faculty member of the Fashion Department of San Francisco City College where she teaches courses in sewing, draping and millinery, and a private sewing instructor in her Berkeley studio. She is the featured artist in the premier issue of Interweave Press Knitscene Magazine (Fall/Winter 05). Having a lifelong love of the art, she is a true artisan and respected master craftswoman who continually studies both Fashion and Art in the exploration of possibility that is present through the use of all things colorful and tactile. Using a variety of tools and media, including the knitting machine and industrial sewing machine, Loretta is passionate about making timeless, beautiful clothing and art.
Loretta Warner

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Conquistador Fabric

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts features the archive of the Jack Lenor Larsen textile company, including collection selections available online. The Larsen Design Studio created modern, artistic fabrics for interior use, yet their innovations with handwovens, batiks and fabrics in scale with modern architecture have changed the industry. Here is Conquistador (1966, cotton), a particularly successful upholstery fabric that soon became one of the signature cloths of the company. In a note in the company archive Larsen writes that “Conquistador is my concept of how an Inca might handle a baroque motif. That is, flatly and without the robust movement typical in Europe. More like the stone walls of Peru.”
Conquistador (1966, cotton)

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Brocade Evening Bags

Sally made these gorgeous bags from Vogue pattern 8375 (B. Randle Designs) These brocade evening bags are the perfect size for toting to the opera, and “Otello”, Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy is this month’s San Francisco Opera production. All materials are from the 1st floor.
“My superb warrior! How many torments,
How many sad sighs, and how much hope
Led us to these tender embraces!
Ah! How sweet it is to murmur together:
Do you remember!
When you told of your life in exile
The fierce events and your long sorrows,
And I listened to you with my soul
In those fears and with ecstasy in my heart.”

Sallys bags

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Natalie, Victorian Chicken Woman (& contest winner)

Natalie from the notions floor was our Halloween costume winner. She was seen clucking and flapping her faille winglets in her Victorian chicken costume. The dress was cobbled together from several patterns. The hoop was made of steel boning and took two days to construct, while the dress was sewn in four days. The yellow-beaked hat was made from materials from our 3rd floor. It was inspired by historical Victorian fancy dress costumes. To learn more about Victorian costume dress read “Fancy Dresses Described; Or, What to Wear at Fancy Balls” by Debenham and Freebody, [1896], or “Fancy Dress in the Victorian Era” by A. Jarvis & P. Raine.
Natalie Halloween Winner 1

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