Don’t settle for the same, mass produced Valentine’s Day chocolates and cards as everyone else this year – join Britex Fabrics in celebrating this season of love and self-love by making gifts for your loved ones yourself. In the first of a multi-part series of counting down to Valentine’s Day, we pulled a simple DIY bowtie tutorial from our archives. Just click on the links to download the free pattern and instructions. Sure to charm the socks off your sartorially minted significant other, make a bold statement this Valentine’s Day with a present that’s already bow-tied to present. Britex Fabrics’ online store carries all the bow tie hardware you’ll need!
Norrie A. Thomas, author of “The Needlepointer, The Philosophy of Stitching Life” stopped by yesterday not only to shop, but also to show us the lovely bright orange and purple silk blend brocade that she purchased at Britex, that is featured on the back cover of her book. There are many other fabrics from Britex featured in her book as well. This gorgeous brocade is available in Britex on the first floor and is $89.99 per yard. We also have others available on our website.
Norrie makes four trips to San Francisco each year, specifically to shop at Britex, and to visit her daughter who lives here in San Francisco. She creates needlepoint and often backs them with brightly colored fabrics from Britex. Norrie describes her book as a dedication to her family, and a preservation of her craft. She has been doing needlepoint for 25 years, and says that it began when she retired from her Entrepreneurial Pharmacy career, to create a way to depict how much color mattered to her. To find out more information about her upcoming book release, or for tips needlepoint, please visit her website.
On Friday, we had a visit from one of our customers who was wearing a dress she had made from one of our brightly colored cotton fabrics.
Emma has been sewing all of her own clothes since she was 15 (she is now 18). She taught herself to make dresses by obsessively re-reading vintage 1950s sewing books that she found at thrift stores. Her taste for her own dresses is very specific, she tends to heavily favor vintage-esque silhouettes in bright colors with geometric designs, and she loves African wax-print cottons. The only sewing/clothes design that she has done for someone other than herself, is when she costumed a science fiction play at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Emma has countless illustrations that she has made of her own outfits and designs for her theater costume work.
For her day job, Emma is a cartoonist. When she isn’t creating fabulous clothing, she has an online comic, she has drawn strips for Dark Horse publishing, and has taught cartooning classes for kids at 826 Valencia, a writing center in the Mission, in San Francisco. To see more of Emma’s work please visit her website.
For more about our cotton fabrics, please visit the cotton section of our website, or the second floor of our store at 146 Geary Street in San Francisco.
The Tagua nut is the seed of a tropical palm that grows in the Northwestern region of South America, starting North of Peru, throughout Ecuador, Columbia, and Southern Panama. Tagua can be made into many beautiful items such as carved figurines, buttons, and other fashion accoutrements. It can be cut, pressed, heated, burned, lasered, bleached, tinted, and polished to phenomenal bright finishes.
The Tagua is found inside a fruit that is approximately one foot in diameter and is covered with hard spikes. After approximately eight months, when the fruit ripens, the liquid part of the fruit that tastes like concentrated cocoa is used as a medicine for kidney problems.
Ironically, the Tagua is found in the tropics, yet often ends up as Corozo buttons on winter coats.
To add some fabulous flair to any winter coat, check out our wide variety of Corozo buttons available online.
Bring in a little ray of sunshine to brighten up your winter with radiant butterflies and polka dots, with a hint of shiny. This 100% silk makes a flawless skirt, or a great scarf. For an excellent outfit, why not make both. This border print begins three inches from the edge, and the butterflies and polka dots expand 16 inches from there. Shiny sequins within the design add an extra sparkle.
Our sleek silks are found on the main floor of our store. This Butterfly fabric is 45″ wide and is $59.99 per yard. To purchase this fabric come into the store, call us at (415) 392-2910, or order via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until January 11th, enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Wool Fabrics categories! Get toasty with winter sewing projects. All wool and wool blends in our Wool Coatings, Midweight Woven Wools, Midweight Stretch Wools, Wool Plaids, Wool Tweeds, and Wool Suitings are 20% off until Monday, January 11th. Order your swatches today! Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Wool Fabrics Categories fabrics only. In-store Wool Fabrics are not included in this sale)
Use fabric instead of throw away paper to wrap your gifts! The Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan published a guide on Furoshiki, an origami-like fabric folding technique for wrapping gifts. Combine beauty, creativity, and sustainability when wrapping your gift. And, of course, Britex Fabrics has scads of beauteous fabrics!
Britex Fabrics, Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, trolleys, and more – this quilting weight cotton fabric lets us know exactly where you left your heart! Here is our iconic San Francisco fabric made into an apron – just the thing to wear while drinking coffee and baking a batch of apricot scones for brunch! This apron pattern is the 1940s Val from the Kitchen style by Decades of Style. If this apron style doesn’t float your boat, then the folks at Tipnut graciously offered three free booklets packed full of apron patterns – full aprons, half aprons, smocked aprons and more!
Britex Fabrics will close at 4 pm on Thursday December 24th, and at 4pm on Thursday December 31st.
We will be closed on Friday December 25th, and Friday January 1st.
We wish everyone a peaceful and pleasurable holiday season!
Make your holidays a little cozier–our luscious Cashmeres are 50% off for one week only at our brick-and-mortar store! These beautiful coatings vary from shawl weight to double face, in a variety of traditional colors. Don’t miss out–the sale lasts from Monday, December 14 through Saturday, December 19 at 6 PM. And after purchasing some fabulous cashmere (along with other goodies–have you got your glitz for New Year’s yet?), take a stroll by Macy’s and melt over the adorable (and adoptable!) kittens and puppies in the windows.