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  • How to Insert an Invisible Zipper

    March 3, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Have you dusted off your sewing machine yet to get ready to start sewing for spring and summer? The lovely folks at Colette Patterns made this superb tutorial on inserting invisible zippers -- a skill that only improves with practice. Britex Fabrics carries the a selection of YKK invisible zippers on the 3rd floor.

     

     


  • Free Octopus Cross-Stitch Pattern from Aime Ceci

    March 3, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Cross-stitch this underwater creature for a set of velvet-backed throw pillows! I'd love to see the octopus in violet and the chevron background in rainbow colors. Aida cloth is available on the 4th floor, embroidery floss on the 3rd floor, and velvet on the 2nd floor.  Free pattern by the talented Aime Ceci.

    I'd like to be under the sea
    In an octopus' garden in the shade
    He'd let us in, knows where we've been
    In his octopus' garden in the shade.
    (Richard Starkey)


  • Transportive Textiles: Fiber Art From Around the World

    March 1, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    There’s a fantastic collection of beautiful and vibrant fabric art, sourced from nearly a dozen countries, hand-picked and locally curated, on display at Warehouse416!  This month we celebrate Transportive Textiles, brought to you by Hess Art Advisory

    Title: Transportive Textiles
    Dates: Mar 3rd - Mar 25th
    Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Where: Warehouse416 (A family run gallery with private studio spaces & conference room, unique & edgy in style in an industrial aesthetic, promoting local contemporary artists.)
    416 26th street
    Oakland, California

    Saturday, March 11 (2PM): Curator walk-through with Claudia Hess will illuminate the special meanings of these international textiles, and elaborate on their enduring qualities. Light refreshments will be served

    Saturday, March 18 (4PM): Wine tasting to introduce the South American flavors of fine wine and fabrics, side-by-side. RSVP!

    Saturday, March 25 (2PM): Learn about the special meanings of our textiles, and how to use textiles in interior design! Artist talk will pair Claudia Hess (Hess Art Advisory) and Jill Vellinger (J Vellinger Designs). Also: pop-up tacos with Patricia Sandoval.


  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Knit Category Fabrics Now - 3/6!

    February 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Knit Category Fabrics Now - 3/6
    Knits, a Travel Friendly Fabric! 

    We love sewing with knit fabrics. Our knit fabrics are great for making zipper-enhanced hoodies, upscale t-shirts, comfy yoga pants, warm weather scarves, or chic Diane von Furstenberg wrap style dresses. Knits are especially great for travel since they are wrinkle resistant! All online knit category fabrics are on sale, including cotton, polyester, rayon, wool and scuba knits. 2/21 - 3/6.

    This sale good for online knit fabric category purchases* only 2/21 - 3/6. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

     


  • Sewing Classes & Workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area

    February 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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  • Magical Horsehair Braid

    February 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Horsehair braid is one of the most recent notions added to our website. Horsehair braids come from a far away magical land where unicorns roam free. Well, not really, but it is a magical notion that can be used in the art of millinery or hemlines for dress making. Horsehair braid acts as both a facing and  hem stabilizer. It is most often used to add structure to the hemline of a skirt or dress. Think of a sculpted skirt or a full length ballgown. It helps to weigh down the skirt and add a swingy fullness.

    Whether you want to create a curved hem like a circle at the bottom of a skirt or a sturdy hat form, horsehair braid is an exceptional tool for both. Although we only have black and white available in our online store, we carry a variety of colors and widths on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store.

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  • Simple Knit Ruffle Scarf Tutorial (Pinafores & Pinwheels)

    February 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    purple-knit-scarf This knit ruffle scarf tutorial by Stephanie from Pinafores & Pinwheels is a low-cost, 6 step, easy way to create a scarf, and can be completed in 15 - 20 minutes.

  • Stitch At Home: Talliaferro Stitch Challenge at San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

    February 20, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    The current Stich at Home Challenge by our neighbors at the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD) is underway.  For this challenge, crewelwork-designer Anna Garris Goiser of Talliaferro Classic Needleart has generously contributed two motifs of her own design for you to interpret into stitch. You will be able to interpret the designs using any needlework technique you like!   Deadline is April 15.  The previous Challenge, titled Jewels of the Sea, is currently on exhibit through March 4, around the corner from Britex Fabrics at SNAD, 360 Post Street, Suite 604, open Monday-Saturday, 9:30-4:30. For more information on the Challenges or course schedule, visit www.sfsnad.org


  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Knit Category Fabrics 2/21 - 3/6

    February 16, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Knit Category Fabrics 2/21 - 3/6
    Knits, a Travel Friendly Fabric! 

    We love sewing with knit fabrics. Our knit fabrics are great for making zipper-enhanced hoodies, upscale t-shirts, comfy yoga pants, warm weather scarves, or chic Diane von Furstenberg wrap style dresses. Knits are especially great for travel since they are wrinkle resistant! All online knit category fabrics are on sale, including cotton, polyester, rayon, wool and scuba knits. 2/21 - 3/6.

    Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale good for online knit fabric category purchases* only 2/21 - 3/6. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • Quilted Clamshell Pillow Tutorial

    February 16, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    clamshellpillow-jre-first This quilted clamshell pillow pattern by Jen Eskridge of Reanna Lily Designs, tutorial by Alicia Brown from www.sewmamasew.com is an excellent way to add a decorative touch of color to any bed. This project is one of a collection of 70 different quilting designs from Jen Eskridge's quilting resource book The Quilted Clamshell. After trying this project out, try developing your own unique designs by sketching, planning, and quilting confidently.

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