Several times a month, Britex invites our customers to come into the store and participate in classes or demos. This month, we have two very exciting new learning experiences!
On Saturday April 18th, we welcome the amazing Lisa of Zelma Rose and her class “Intro to Needlework”. Lisa is a multi-talented artist whose focus on needlework and hand stitching has sent her accessories business into stardom with such features as Martha Stewart to ModCloth. We cannot wait to have her join us and to learn her techniques, favorite stitches, and more! Make sure to sign up now over on our event page. Space is limited and you want to get in on the goody bag that awaits.
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Our first block printing workshop of the year was, as suspected, a complete blast. Our teacher, Danielle Broder of The Recoverie, knows her craft. But, even better than that, she loves sharing her craft with others so that everyone can experience the satisfaction of creating their own surface designs.
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Kika Knaup led an awesome workshop last week that left several—locals and non-locals—wishing they could have joined us. We decided to pull out our camera and document the process so that anyone could give this easy project a try. Please keep in mind that this tutorial does not teach the basics of knitting—though we have linked to some helpful videos. This tutorial will show you just how simple it is to knit almost anything using fabric strips! Let’s get started…
1/2 to 1 yard of two different fabrics – soft knits recommended
scissors or rotary cutter
knitting needles size 35 or 50
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It’s not too late to register for the Knit a Loop Scarf Using Fabric workshop on Saturday, November 1—yes, that is the day after Halloween. Local Designer, Kika Knaup, will walk us through the steps of making this simple art scarf. Click here to read more »
We just couldn’t help it. A photo shoot was surely bound to happen since we just haven’t been able to keep our hands off the samples Natalie made for the Mask-Making workshop this Saturday. Natalie is the manager and buyer for the Notions Department, and is also an avid seamstress, specializing in hand-crafted reproductions of historical costumes and accessories ranging from the Renaissance to the Roaring ‘20s. For several years we’ve all had the pleasure of seeing her amazing costumes—often winning the annual Costume Contest—but learning from her is a rare opportunity. Follow her sewing adventures on her blog Frolicking Frocks, and of course, join us on 10/25! Click here to read more »
Emily of Project Runway at Britex Fabrics
Every week, we watch with bated breath…will Britex Sales Associate, Emily Payne make it through this exciting episode of Project Runway…? Yes she did! Our Emily Payne continues to delight audiences with her lovely style, quick wit, and amazing designs. It’s on again this Thursday at 9pm on Lifetime. Last week, she created a lovely child’s ensemble using a Missoni knit much like the one we have online here.
Don’t miss the chance to meet Emily in person at the Patricia Field Meet + Greet at Britex on October 3rd at 11 AM. As well, don’t miss seeing Emily’s creations live at the Benicia Fashion Runway October 3-5.
Halloween is a big deal at Britex! That’s why we’re supplying you with so much more than just materials this year. The mask-making workshops on October 25 are guaranteed to inspire and transform. A mask is perfect for those that want to keep it simple, but still want to play. It can also be an impressive finishing touch on an already elaborate costume. The workshops are back-to-back on Saturday morning starting at 10:30 and 11:30 and the cost is $15 per person. Get the details and register HERE.
If you are a long-time customer than you probably already know about our fabulous Halloween staff costume contest that takes place every year. Take a look at last years costumes and see for yourself how committed to a good costume Britex staff can be! Join us on October 25 to vote for the winner and enter for a chance to win a $100 Britex Fabrics gift certificate.
Winners of 2013 Britex Fabrics Halloween staff costume contest
Here we go! The Britex workshop space is in full swing this fall with workshops taught by fashion designers, mixed media and textile artists all offered on our 4th floor.
On September 6, the interdisciplinary artist Katrina Rodabaugh, will be sharing with us the very traditional craft of sashiko embroidery through the modern approach of a mini quilt. The lovely thing about sashiko is that once you learn the skill, you can upgrade almost any textile creation. Learn more and register for Katrina’s sashiko mini quilt workshop here. Click here to read more »
Welcome to Lisa Solomon’s studio. Lisa, who is teaching the Hand Appliqué workshop on August 16, welcomed Britex to her studio in Oakland.
We have been searching and researching local designers and makers to teach at Britex. Many weeks ago, we set out to find visual artists working with fibers and textiles who would be interested in sharing their ‘outside the box’ approach to making. Lisa was an obvious perfect match. She is a mixed media artist with lots of teaching experience. She exhibits her work both nationally and internationally and is the author of Knot Thread Stitch – exploring creativity through embroidery and mixed media [Quarry]. Click here to read more »
How was our big workshop space launch party, you ask? Amazing!
These ladies were spectacular, making our party a huge success. Each one offered their own unique glimpse into sewing, and consequently, there was something to inspire every type of sewer. Click here to read more »