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Knit a Loop Scarf Using Fabric with Kika Knaup

Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10:30 - 1:30 PM | $35

Fast, simple and fashionable–the loop scarf is the perfect holiday gift!

 

Eventbrite - Knit a Loop Scarf Using Fabric with Kika Knaup

 

Manipulate fabric by creating your own texture, color, thickness and pattern. In this workshop, we'll take a traditional skill outside the box to create a fashion-forward sculptural knitted scarf using fabric. We'll briefly talk about the waste reducing benefits of knitting vs. cut and sew and quickly demonstrate the best way to cut the yardage into ready-to-knit strips. The bulk of the workshop will be devoted to knitting, learning new tricks and chatting up fellow knitters. We'll also look at where else we can apply this technique–maybe a lined clutch or a fun bathroom rug? All skill levels are welcome. But, if you have never knit before, we encourage you to get 30 minutes of practice before joining us. You'll need to bring your own bulky knitting needles (sizes 35 [20mm] or 50 [25mm] recommended) or purchase them at Britex before the workshop. Fabric and scissors will be provided.

 

About Kika

 

Kika Knaup learned the traditional craft of tailoring at the German Mastercrafts School in Munich. In 2009 Kika moved to San Francisco where she followed her dream to create her own fashion label, and with the city's experimental fashion culture, inspired her to continue her fashion studies. After receiving a four year presidential scholarship at the Academy of Art, Kika developed a strong fascination for the unlimited possibilities of knitwear. Her passion to explore experimental knits with technical machine knitting, fully fashioning details and strong garment construction secured her a spot in the Graduation Fashion Show. Follow her progress here.

Britex Store Tours

Every Other Saturday at 11am sharp | FREE

Eventbrite - Free Store Tours at Britex Fabrics

 

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!

Block Print Your Own Fabric Gift Wrap With Danielle Broder on 11/15

Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:30 - 1:00 PM | $30

 

Eventbrite - Block Print Your Own Fabric Gift Wrap With Danielle Broder        Sold Out! Get on the Waitlist!

 

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.

 

 

About Danielle

 

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.)

Block Print Your Own Fabric Gift Wrap With Danielle Broder on 12/13

Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10:30 - 1:00 PM | $30

 

Eventbrite - Block Print Your Own Fabric Gift Wrap With Danielle Broder        Sold Out! Get on the Waitlist!

 

Our block printing class filled so quickly, that we're offering another!

 

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.

 

 

About Danielle

 

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.)

Warp x Weft: Textile 101

Saturday, January 17, 2014 from 10:30-12:30 PM | $25

 

Eventbrite - Warp x Weft: Textile 101


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.