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Category Archive: Lace Trims & Ribbon

May The 4th Be With You!

Today, in honor of the 4th, we are celebrating our fellow Star Wars fans by showing off an array of fabrics that speak to the costumes of our beloved series.



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Inspiring Spring/Summer Collections

We have noticed that during this S/S 2015 collection, many designers have been using gorgeous laces, textures, and colors. Some of our absolute favorites have been the runway shows of Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, and Alberta Ferretti (just to name a few) and one thing we couldn’t help noticing: we have that stuff!



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In-store Sale: 2/17, All Day, Storewide

It’s that time of year again…

The big 30% off in-store sale* is on Monday, February 17 from 10 to 7 PM.

Count on incredible deals throughout the entire store, from Main Floor silks to Fourth Floor already-reduced remnants. Turn an ordinary pattern into an exquisite designer look-alike. Make a one-of-a-kind tie. Sew a silk chiffon scarf. Commit to making a coat. Did someone say pleats? 2014 is all about challenging yourself to be a better sewist. We’re here to help with scrumptious quality textiles and accessories plus tips and tutorials to guide you along the way!

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*Limited to stock on the floor. Imported/vintage lace, sale, and  specialty items not included. No mail orders, online, phone, or special orders.

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Bouclé, Braid, Fringed & Chenille Garment Trims Online!

trim copyWe’re happy to present Garment Trims, a brand new online collection! Here is a plethora of bouclé, braid, fringed, and chenille trims; these trims are perfect for accenting haute couture garments such as Chanel-inspired jackets. Layer your trims for a unique and special look! We have hand selected coordinating bouclé, tweed, and coating fabrics for each trim (just look for the Other Things You Might Love section below each trim), and we also carry silk organza online for your interfacing, stabilizing, and underlining needs.

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Weddings and Britex Fabrics

We love this sweet video of Katie and Don’s wedding day, and are super proud that we got to help them on their fantabulous day! Katie wrote, “Britex, I just wanted to share with you my wedding video. At the beginning of the video the Britex bag was in a couple shots. My mom made my white top hat, my bouquet, all of the bridesmaids bouquets, and all of the boutonnieres for the bride/grooms men and parents from fabric from your store. Thank you Britex for helping me and my mom pick out such amazing fabric for my wedding, you and your amazing staff helped my wedding be a very creative and the most special day of my life.” Britex Fabrics now has an online bridal collection, including difficult to find silk tulle, silk bridal gown fabrics, specialty bridal laces, silk ribbons, and more!

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Alençon Lace Boloro – Michele

Michele created this ethereal bolero with Alençon lace trim from Britex Fabrics. She notes that the shaping darts are hidden by lace to create a seamless look in sheer organza. We love the delicate gossamer effect, and the way the flowers spill gracefully over the shoulder.

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The Fox & the Crow Vintage Lace

Here is another vintage lace from our online store. I long to wear a pair of chocolate brown lawn pajamas trimmed with this charming lace, and curl up with a cup of heavily sweetened Ceylon tea and Janet Flanner’s “Paris Was Yesterday, 1925-1939”. This charming 1 1/8″ wide ivory vintage lace depicts a scene from the Aesop’s Fable, “The Fox and the Crow”. As Jean de la Fontaine said:
“Perched on a lofty oak,
Sir Raven held a lunch of cheese;
Sir Fox, who smelt it in the breeze,
Thus to the holder spoke:
“Ha! how do you do, Sir Raven?
Well, your coat, sir, is a brave one!.”

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Vintage Silk Chantilly Lace from France

Here is some difficult to find silk vintage Chantilly lace. This is an exquisitely delicate and unusual 12″ wide Chantilly lace. Simple flowers and leaves are strewn gracefully across a loose netting background, with one gently scalloped edge. Both edges are adorned with wispy eyelash trim. Once hand-washed in cold water, this lace softens up delectably. This would perfect on the bodice of a romantic vintage-inspired wedding gown!

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Double Helix Chantilly Lace

We call this lace, “When Scientists Marry!” If Gertrude Belle Elion (renowned research scientist in chemistry) had ever decided to tie the knot, her gown would have been trimmed with this enchanting Chantilly lace. This is a 2 1/2″ wide ivory Chantilly lace in an oh-so-scientific pattern of double helixes, on a loose netting background and framed by a wee picot edge.

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How to Make a Victorian Pomander

Remember to buy fragrant spices, whole cloves, oranges, and beauteous ribbons from Britex to make this old-fashioned treat. Truli is a talented jeweler, and craft-person. Here she presents a tutorial for making traditional clove-studded pomanders. She says, “The Victorians hung pomanders in their closets to ward off moths. Every Thanksgiving I make the spicy orange pomanders and come Christmas time they are dried and ready to be put out in a large festive bowl for my family and friends to take home as a thoughtful handcrafted gift and the rich spicy fragrance will last for years…. they are so simple to make it’s also a nice project to do with your children or a great activity for children to make in supervised groups too.” Their smell makes me think of holiday gatherings … to the scent of freshly waxed antique furniture or fir trees, these make me nostalgic for hot cider, sleigh rides, and uproarious groups of peeps playing board games until 2 am.

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