Every Other Saturday at 11am sharp | FREE
This 25 minute tour starts on Maiden Lane with a bit of history that will knock your socks off. A quick walk through each of the four floors will give you the confidence and know-how to handle even the busiest Britex day. We'll show you where things are located, talk about our history and what's up our sleeves for the new year. Tours are led by expert Britex staff.
This is a fast paced tour so be sure to arrive early. Space is limited.
They all begin at 11am sharp. See you there!
Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 1:30 - 4:30 | $35
We’ll use the mini quilt as an opportunity to explore patchwork, hand stitching, and embroidery with Sashiko. We’ll discuss how these techniques can be used to personalize our work for subtle or dramatic results. The mini quilt allows us to experiment with various materials and techniques while remaining small enough to tackle in an afternoon—they are also very useful as coasters, potholders, and placemats. We’ll discuss ways to personalize your work through an improvisational approach that can be adapted to large-scale projects or other creative pursuits. We’ll also talk about the fine line between art, design, and craft and why this benefits textile enthusiasts like you.
Basic sewing and stitching skills are required. All materials will be provided. This workshop takes place on the Fourth Floor.
Katrina Rodabaugh is an artist, writer, and crafter living and working in Oakland, CA. Her artwork, designs, and writing have appeared in various exhibitions, installations, performances, and journals across the country. She’s received grants, residencies, and awards for her work and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College where she trained and taught in the Book Arts Studio. She maintains a weekly blog, Made by Katrina, and is currently on a yearlong fast fashion fast to deepen her commitment to sustainable fashion, Make Thrift Mend. Visit her website: www.katrinarodabaugh.com
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM | $45
In this Saturday workshop, students will learn how to sew a relaxed Swing Top using a pattern designed by fashion designer and Britex Fabrics guest blogger Jamie Lau. The instructor will discuss pattern and fabric layout and demonstrate various garment construction techniques including: sewing gathers, applying neckline and armhole bias binding, and hemming. The top features a front and back yoke and is a great canvas for colorblocking or mixing solids with prints. This easy-to-wear style slips on effortlessly without the hassle of a zipper and is great for layering or wearing as-is. This designer sewing pattern is available only in this workshop, so sign up today!
The workshop takes place on the Fourth Floor. Doors open at 10 AM. Some supplies will be provided including Jamie's Swing Top pattern. To pick out your fashion fabric, arrive at 10AM and take advantage of a 20% off discount on regularly priced fabrics. Sewing machines provided by Ray's Sewing Machine Center.
Jamie Lau is a designer, sewing instructor, fashion writer, and native San Franciscan based in Brooklyn, NY. A self-taught seamstress consistently inspired by her love of dresses, Jamie infuses a playful nostalgia into her work by transforming simple silhouettes into fashion forward frocks sewn from traditional Japanese prints, luxurious brocades, handwoven ikats, and her own textile designs. In addition to designing her clothing line Jamie Lau Designs and guest blogging for Britex Fabrics, Jamie is also the author of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern and a sewing instructor at New York's Textile Arts Center. Follow her blog and Instagram for the latest updates and inspirations.
Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10:30-12:30 PM | $25
Be a textile know-it-all! In this class we'll detail the process from fiber to textile, show you loads of samples and dig into the terminology that will deeply improve your experience whether you are a textile lover already or needing a little help on a new venture. We'll start by demystifying the major fiber types through a step-by-step introduction to cotton, wool, silk, linen and their man-made counterparts. Next, we'll discuss woven fabrics vs. knit fabrics and how each of these are constructed. During the class you'll put together a useful swatch kit to reference in the future whenever a little refresher is desired.
This workshop is perfect for anyone wanting to improve their knowledge of textiles no matter the trade. All materials are provided.
About the Instructor
Geana Sieburger is the Marketing Director at Britex Fabrics, instigator of Pop-up Britex and teacher of Warp x Weft: Textile 101 workshops. Her knowledge of fibers and textiles is comprised of industry experience, trade seminars, independent research and many college courses. She was the Assistant Buyer of Britex Fabrics for four years after graduating from California College of the Arts in 2007. Geana is the owner of GDS Cloth Goods, a sewing and design studio highlighting her deep appreciation for fibers, textiles and design.
Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:30 - 1:00 PM | $30
Block printing has been around for thousands of years! Despite this fact, it is still a great modern way to create unique handmade designs on anything from your holiday cards to soft home goods. In this class you will get down and dirty with learning the various methods of linoleum and rubber block printing onto fabric and paper. You will achieve a basic knowledge of tools, inks, process, insider tricks and tips, and will go home with your own uniquely carved block and a piece of your own printed fabric. You will also learn how to use your printed fabric as gift wrap to tie up a special holiday package. All materials will be provided, but be sure to bring an apron or clothes you don’t care about just in case!
This workshop takes place on the Fourth Floor. Doors open at 10 AM.
A native California girl, Danielle was brought up creating. After a carefree childhood of glitter, glue gunning, beads, and paint, she decided to step it up and get serious about her hobbies. Eight years of art school later, she found herself in San Francisco running a small textile design business known as The Recoverie. Danielle holds a double bachelors in Illustration and Interior Design and is also a self taught graphic designer and printmaker. She spent many years as a children’s art instructor, but prefers to teach adults because she doesn’t like to give time-outs...(but don’t push her.)