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A Studio Visit w/ Lisa Solomon

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Welcome to Lisa Solomon’s studio. Lisa, who is teaching the Hand Appliqué workshop on August 16, welcomed Britex to her studio in Oakland.

I have been spending quite a bit of time at my desk searching and researching local designers and makers to teach at Britex. Many weeks ago, my task was to find visual artists working with fibers and textiles who would be interested in sharing their ‘outside of the box’ approach to making. Lisa was an obvious perfect match. She is a mixed media artist with lots of teaching experience. She exhibits her work both nationally and internationally and is the author of Knot Thread Stitch – exploring creativity through embroidery and mixed media [Quarry]. Click here to read more »

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Britex & SFMade Week

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SFMade presents a week-long celebration of San Francisco’s vibrant manufacturing sector: discover locally made products, the people who make them, and where to buy them. SFMade Week is seven days of education, exploration, and innovation, designed to celebrate and heighten local awareness and understanding of the local manufacturing sector and the companies and people who bring locally made products to fruition.

Tour some of the City’s best known and emerging artisan manufacturers’ factories. Take classes and pick up a new craft with your favorite manufacturers across the city. Taste, tour, and toast during these special events with independent wineries and breweries. Wednesday, May 7, build a vibrant manufacturing sector with us, and come to SFMade’s Annual Fundraiser, Ramp It Up!

As SFMade members and SFMade Week sponsors, Britex is adding to the celebration with a Warp x Weft: Textile 101 (May 6) and an After-Hours Textile Tour (May 8).

Register here >

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SFMade Week Warp x Weft: Textile 101

 

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SFMade Week After-Hours Textile Tour

So much more in happening during SFMade Week.
Learn More >

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Warp x Weft x Pie!

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The April 16 Warp x Weft workshop has a pie sponsor! The reason why we’re so excited is that the pies are being donated by the babes of Three Babes Bakeshop. They are one of our favorite pie makers in all of San Francisco, using only organically grown ingredients.

lenore-and-anna-looking-cutecropIf you don’t already know the babes, they can be found at the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and on Good Eggs.

Thanks Three Babes Bakeshop. Our night will be so much sweeter for you.

 

 

 

 

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Warp x Weft: Textile 101 Returns

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Yes, you heard right. We are taking a break from pop-up workshops, but not without a better offer in exchange. Warp x Weft: Textile 101 workshops are now happening on the Fourth floor of Britex!

Many of you joined us last year all over San Francisco for demos and workshops like simple dress-making by Sonya Philip at Makeshift Society, leather-working by Melissa Fleis at the NWBLK, and of course, textile workshops by our very own textile whiz Geana Sieburger.

Now with our new workshop space on the Fourth Floor, we first bring you Warp x Weft: Textile 101—a 2-hour fiber and textile construction intensive. Next in-store are workshops from designers, artists and other experts, so stay tuned.

If you love to sew, get giddy over textiles and feel immense joy learning about these things in groups of people who feel the same way about sewing and textiles, don’t take a chance—subscribe to the newsletter at the footer of this page or on our homepage and never miss an opportunity. New workshops, demos and events are currently under development…

Warp x Weft: Textile 101 Schedule >

All Upcoming Events >

P.S. Join us for a workshop-space launch party in April! Date will be announced soon.

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Wall Planter Tutorial

Here’s a quick holiday gift idea from the GDS Cloth Goods workshop across the bay. It’s a burlap mini wall planter perfect for your green thumbed friends. Pack this little guy with succulents and it’s a great gift for your not-so-green-thumbed friends as well.

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The supplies listed below are for making one mini planter, but keep in mind that you’ll be able to get 4-6 planters (depending on fabric width) from one 1/4 yard cutting of fabric. All materials can be found at Britex except for the mallet, which can be found at any hardware store.

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Click here to read more »

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POP-UP Britex: Color Blocking Workshop 5/16

Our next pop-up is right around the corner (rumor is that there are still a few seats left). This workshop will be taught by Jamie Lau, a designer, sewing instructor, fashion editor, and author. Jamie is no stranger to Britex—maybe you’ll remember—in December of last year Britex hosted the SF launch party of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, of which she is the co-author. On Thursday, May 16 she’ll teach POP-UP Britex: Color Blocking Workshop at Photobooth in the Mission.

Here is a little color blocking preview…

Click here to read more »

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POP-UP BRITEX Photoshoot at Photobooth

It’s not everyday that Britex has teachers, and even more rare, that a Britex teacher gets a pro bono Tinype portrait taken at Photobooth in the Mission. This rare moment is due to the fact that Photobooth will be hosting POP-UP Britex taught by Jamie Lau on May 16.

It was an awesome experience. We arrived, were made comfortable and had great conversation about art, photography and our current projects. Within about 15 minutes the plates were set and our photographer was ready to shoot.

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Linen Tunic Dress by Sonya Philip

If you haven’t met Sonya Philip of 100 Acts of Sewing, here’s your chance. She’ll be teaching our very first Pop-up Britex on March 14 where she’ll demonstrate all the skills necessary for making an a-line tunic dress. Here’s a peek into her creative process using two pieces of linen from the our online selection.

Why did you choose these fabrics for your project?

I adore linen. It is wonderful to work with and has a beautiful hand. Living in San Francisco, I find I can wear linen almost year-round. I chose the main fabric (Golden Wheat Linen/Silk Blend) primarily for the color–mustard and curry yellows just really speak to me right now. I wanted a strong contrast color and was taken by the richness of the Two-tone Raspberry Linen. Click here to read more »

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POP-UP BRITEX Launches 3/14

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.

 

 

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Sandra Betzina at Britex


Last week’s seminar on sewing with intimidating fabrics, and presented by Sandra Betzina went swimmingly. It was a privilege to have someone with Sandra’s knowledge and depth of skill instructing us. Sandra covered working with some of our favorite fall and winter fabrics including luscious Missoni knits, stylish wool knits, and gossamer imported laces. Britex Fabrics plans on continuing with additional workshops and seminars. Please let us know if there is a particular topic or presenter that interests you.

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