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  • What are you doing for World Embroidery Day?

    July 20, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    To celebrate World Embroidery Day, on Sunday, July 30, San Francisco School of Needlework & Design will hold a “Human Stitch-In”—playing on the Human Be-In that took place in 1967 and continuing our 50th-anniversary Summer of Love festivities.

  • Dressmakers Have Good Eyes, And Not Just For Style! (NPR)

    June 19, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    We always suspected that hand sewists have superpowers: and it turns out we're right! A small study published by UC Berkeley found that dressmakers who do a lot of hand sewing seem to have better stereoscopic vision than participants from any other profession that does fine manual work--including surgeons and dentists. Stereoscopic vision is the ability to accurately perceive depth and distance between objects — to see in 3-D. And dressmakers are the only group of professionals who seem to have enhanced powers in this department. For the complete article about stereoscopic vision, please visit the NPR article here. If you want to improve your hand sewing and stereoscopic skills, just register for our Hand Sewing 101 workshop with Natalie!

  • Talliaferro Classic Needleart & Summer Of Love Challenge (SFSNAD)

    May 10, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    "Cocktail Glamour Hour" is a reticule by Marsha Schuld, created for the Talliaferro challenge
      Besides offering hand-embroidery day-classes for all levels, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD) has become a center for the stitch community—across the Bay Area and around the world. One means of further promoting needlework and including followers from near and far is through SNAD’s three-time a year Stitch-at- Home Challenges.

  • Techtextil 2017 - Germany (fibre2fashion.com)

    May 10, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    techtextil_217293 This is the 19th Techtextil Symposium where international experts present research results, products, and technologies.This year the Symposium is being presented in conjunction with the Dornbirn Manmade Fibre Conference, which focuses on sustainability and resource management.

  • 10 Standout Looks From Bridal Fashion Week to Get You Inspired (nymag.com)

    May 3, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    In the post written by Lindsay Peoples for nymag.com, she lists 10 inspiring looks created by the top designers, that were recently featured at Bridal fashion Week. Among the looks are Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, Houghton, Oscar de la Renta, Viktor & Rolf, and more.

  • 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.


  • Sewing Classes & Workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area

    February 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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  • Octopuses, Mermaids, Kelp, Oh My! - San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD)

    January 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Our community partner, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD) is a relatively new nonprofit on Union Square whose mission is to promote and share the knowledge and history of hand embroidery. One of SNAD’s activities seeks to include stitchers who aren’t necessarily able to visit the school in person by providing three-time per year Stitch at Home Challenges.

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    In partnership with Build a Nest, last fall SNAD received a donation of colorful upcycled crystals from Swarovski. (these crystals are available for sale at Britex Fabrics on the third floor of the brick-and-mortar store) Each using a packet of provided crystals, more than 70 needleworkers from 10 countries submitted their take on the theme, Jewels of the Sea, incorporating remarkable creativity. The sparkling exhibition, which includes embellished urchins, dancing jellyfish, tony starfish and an upscale sardine can, will be on display from February 4-March 4, Monday through Saturday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, at San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, 360 Post Street, Suite 604, San Francisco.  For more information about the school and class schedules, visit sfsnad.org.

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    This show is on display February 4-March 4, Monday through Saturday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
    San Francisco School of Needlework and Design
    360 Post Street, Suite 604, San Francisco, CA
    For more information visit SNAD online.

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  • Draping With Emily Payne From Project Runway & Project Runway All Stars

    December 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Learn to drape from Project Runway star Emily Payne. Emily will share her own designs by letting you in on her draping secrets. This demo will last about one hour and a half, with plenty of time for q&a to follow.

    Plus, every participant gets 20% off regular-priced fabrics coupon. Whether you are a Project Runway fan or you are interested in draping, this is the demo workshop for you.

    Emily Payne, San Francisco based fashion designer and former Britex Fabrics team member has showcased her fashion design skills on the Lifetime network series Project Runway Season 13, and was also featured on Project Runway All Stars. Emily's fashion labels are Leathertongue and DevonRose.

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    Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Saturday, February 25, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm


  • Britex Fabrics Presents: Meet Your Favorite Project Runway Designers

    November 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Britex Fabrics Presents: Meet Your Favorite Project Runway Designers
    This holiday season, join Britex Fabrics as we bring you a special FREE meet and greet with some of your favorite designers from Project Runway.

    Designers scheduled to appear: Emily Payne, Melissa Fleis, Richard Hallmarq, and Alexandria Von Bromssen

    Small Business Saturday Special Give Away (First 50 people who RSVP and are in line)
    Special Designer Pop Up Boutique

    Sat, November 26, 2016
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST

    Britex Fabrics
    146 Geary Street
    San Francisco, CA 94108

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