If you are seriously looking to sharpen your sewing skills and you live in the San Francisco area, you go to Apparel Arts, which you probably already know about since the design school hosted several Pop-up Britex workshops last year. What’s new is that Suzy, director of Apparel Arts, is now offering patternmaking classes on Craftsy, an online community of makers. Yes, it’s true. You can now learn the basics of patternmaking at your own pace, in your own home. Of course, this does not take the place of participating in an Apparel Arts class in person, but it is a good fix for greatly advancing your patternmaking skills!
Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper
Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper
Patternmaking + Design: Creative Darts & Seam Lines
Take a look and let us know what you think!
Every month Britex Fabrics proudly presents Pop-up Britex.
Pop-up Britex brings textile and design education to neighborhoods across San Francisco in collaboration with our favorite venues and artists. To help us sharpen our wits, Four Barrel Coffee provides drinks and bites for every pop-up. Special thanks to our sponsors Apparel Arts, Makeshift society and Photobooth.
Join us for our first pop-up at Makeshift Society with Sonya Philip of 100 Acts of Sewing on March 14. Register HERE.
Thursday, July 1st from 6pm – 9pm, join CRAFT BAR and ETSY LABS @ MOCFA SF for an evening of socializing and crafting, featuring three local felting artists; a needle felted necklace with Jamie Chan and Blas Herrera from Urban Fauna Studios, needle felt a penguin with Jackie Huang from Woolbuddy, and create a cute felted caterpillar with artist Lea Zalinskis. For those who prefer a less – structured experience, we offer free-form knitting and crocheting in the Stitch N Bitch area – enhance your skills or pick up a new one! Don’t forget to take inspiration from the gallery and the store while you explore the creative process. Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, Ca 94103.
Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105. Session I – Sat. May 8, 2010, Session II -Sat. May 15, 2010, Session III – Sat. May 22, 2010. All classes are from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and in the Education Center. Nkisi literally translates as “sacred medicine in the Kongo language of Central Africa. The term Nkisi is the general name for a variety of objects used throughout the Congo Basin and are thought to contain spiritual powers used for healing and protection. In this 3 day workshop, participants will learn needle felting techniques to create the structure for a felted Nkisi doll, as well as various methods to add decorative elements including healing charms and various African symbols in order to finish the Nkisi. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY & ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED. Workshop Series: $45/members $55/non-members OR Individual Session: $20/member $30/non-member
Craft Bar with Etsy Labs at MOCFA SF returns! 2010 launches with an eco-savvy theme for the conscientious consumer. On Thursday, March 4th between 4pm to 8pm craftastic classes and schmoozing begins! One of our crafty Britex employees will teach folks how to crochet with recycled plastic bags, and there will also be guided knitting lessons. Sip locally-brewed refreshments, nibble on homemade baked goods, and visit the new exhibit Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali for inspiration. All skill levels welcome: materials and instruction will be provided. 51 Yerba Buena Lane. SF 94103.