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Information and tutorials for folks interested in antique Italian lacework, nouveau fashion, sewing techniques and much much more!

Meet the team

With staff members each more eccentric than the next, this team has more to offer than just fabric knowledge. Count on Britex for personality and a good story, when time allows. Not to mention that a few invaluable members have been part of the team since 1973 and have much to share. Here is a sample of the team members you might run into in the store or at an event.

Emily
Team Member since 2011

What do you do at Britex?
2nd Floor Super!

What kind of sewing/art/craft do you do?
Women's Clothing, men's and kids

What influenced you to start sewing?
It started with my love for fashion. I became uninspired when I had to stop making my own fashion line and started designing for other companies. Having my daughter, Devon, reinspired my love for sewing.

How long have you been sewing?
20 years

What is the most interesting part about working at Britex?
So many amazing beautiful fabrics coming in all the time and such an interesting and creaetive mix of co-workers.

What is your favorite recipe?
My mom's recipe for cottage cheese rolls--Yum!



Kristin
Team Member since 2007

What languages do you speak, other than English?
Muggle(?)

What do you do at Britex?
I work in order fullfillmant and shipping for Britexfabrics.com. I’ve also worked on the 3rd floor with notions, and the 2nd floor with many different fabric types. And My first year here I worked on 4th floor, remnants and utility fabrics. I am lucky to have been able to move around—I have learned something new in each department.

What kind of sewing/art/craft do you do?
I quilt, crochet, embroider. I ‘m a photographer and collage artist as well. I try to incorporate a little bit of everything in whatever I create.

What influenced you to start sewing?
My mom sewed, so I sewed!

How long have you been sewing?
Since childhood in one form or another, so since age 8 or 9?

What is the most interesting part about working at Britex?
I am constantly inspired by being surrounded by so many talented crafters and seamstresses and seamsters (customers and employees alike)!

What is your favorite recipe?
Mrs. Wests Dish. 1 lb ground round/1 large onion, chopped/1 can kidney beans/1 lg can tomatoes and liquid/1 cup small shell macaroni/salt, pepper, oregano, basil to taste. Brown meat slightly/add chopped onion to beef and sauté/add beans and tomatoes/add macaroni and seasoning, cover and let simmer until macaroni is done. Works really well in an electric frying pan, and feeds a crowd!



Avery
Team Member since 2003

What languages do you speak, other than English?
Farsi. badly.

What do you do at Britex?
I’m a professional gadabout. Seriously, I develop and manage Britex’s social networking forays, manage our online store, and virtually spin Britex’s in-store music. Our employees and customers are an international bunch that I enjoy making happy, so I love trying to make sure that our store playlist includes music from as many countries as possible. It keeps us dancing!

What kind of sewing/art/craft do you do?
Currently I mostly sew clothing for myself, my children, grandchildren and pals. I’ve also done quilting, knitting, cross-stitch and a limited amount of odd-ball crafting. My latest projects have been rubber gaiters, bow ties, and attempting sundry men’s tailoring techniques. I am a professional painter and cartoonist and have shown my work nationally.

What influenced you to start sewing?
My mother sewed and was a great role model, but I really learned how to sew out of boredom. I spent my teenage summers on digs in Iran, and started drafting and hand-sewing reproductions of historical dress from a costume book. The first thing that I made, liked and wore was a loose reproduction of an 1805 French post-Revolution empire dress that I made in vibrant wool challis.

How long have you been sewing?
I’ve been sewing since 1968.

What is the most interesting part about working at Britex?
Aside from the always fascinating crew here, I adore drooling over Liberty of London’s seasonal swatch books. Someday I’ll make that pair of paisley cotton lawn pajamas with piping that I long for!

What is your favorite recipe?
Stay-in-Bed-all-Day-and-Let-Them-Eat-Cake Pound Cake

FULL RECIPE (RING or BUNDT PAN)
— 2 c flour
— ½ tea baking powder
— ¼ tea salt
— 2 sticks/1 c butter, softened
— 1 ½ c sugar
— 3 large eggs
— 1 tea fresh lemon zest
— 1 tea vanilla
— ½ c milk
HALF RECIPE (LOAF PAN)
— 1 c flour
— 1/4 tea baking powder
— 1/8 tea salt
— 1 stick/1/2 c butter, softened
— 3/4 c sugar
— 2 large eggs
— 1/2 tea fresh lemon zest
— 1/2 tea vanilla
— a bit less than 1/4 c milk
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350º. Grease and flour pan. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt. Beat butter and sugar with electric mixer at 5 min with a handheld mixer or 3 min with a stand mixer. Add eggs one at a time, beating between additions. Beat in zest and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour and milk in batches....beginning and ending with flour. Spoon batter into pan and bake 1 to 1 ¼ hours or until done. Best eaten in bed off of china plates.
** This browns quickly, so you may need to cover the cake with foil during the end of the baking time to prevent charring.


Geana
Team Member since 2007

What languages do you speak, other than English?
Portuguese and Spanish

What do you do at Britex?
My time at Britex is spent behind the scenes planning workshops, events, Guest Blogger posts and sales!

What kind of sewing/art/craft do you do?
Four years of art education got me into pretty strange habits like crocheting with wire and creating architectural installations with textiles. These days my focus is on outfitting bakers, baristas, carpenters and the like with craft apron.

What influenced you to start sewing?
Growing up to the sound of sewing machines and textiles.

How long have you been sewing?
Over 15 years

What is the most interesting part about working at Britex?
There is never a dull moment. It takes a lot of dedication and good communication from every staff member to run this big old-fashioned fabric store.


L.G.
Team Member since 2007

 

What languages do you speak, other than English?
conversational French

 

What do you do at Britex?
I am the lace purveyor at the bridal kiosk.

 

What kind of sewing/art/craft do you do?
Water color paintings, Halloween costumes, really cute skirts and accessories are my specialties.

 

What influenced you to start sewing?
Doll cloths. My mom taught me to sew and I continue because I cannot resist the seductive fabrics.

 

How long have you been sewing?
I took sewing in Home Economics in high school--so about 50 years.

 

What is the most interesting part about working at Britex?
It makes me happy to meet people who are making amazing things, talk to them about their projects and find the best and most beautiful solutions.

 

What is your favorite recipe?
Macaroni and cheese with lobster (or crab) - a slight departure from Ina Garten's recipe (the Barefoot Contessa)