Here it is—the much discussed Britex After-Hours Tour. So what happens during these evening hours is no longer a secret. First, visitors are greeted and helped to a fine selection of cheese and an assortment of drinks from white wine to sparkling cider. Geana Sieburger, Britex’s educator and programs gal, leads the tour floor by floor starting with a quick chat about what attracted everyone to the tour. Click here to read more »
Category Archive: Classes, Events & Shows
Yes, you heard right. We are taking a break from pop-up workshops, but not without a better offer in exchange. Warp x Weft: Textile 101 workshops are now happening on the Fourth floor of Britex!
Many of you joined us last year all over San Francisco for demos and workshops like simple dress-making by Sonya Philip at Makeshift Society, leather-working by Melissa Fleis at the NWBLK, and of course, textile workshops by our very own textile whiz Geana Sieburger.
Now with our new workshop space on the Fourth Floor, we first bring you Warp x Weft: Textile 101—a 2-hour fiber and textile construction intensive. Next in-store are workshops from designers, artists and other experts, so stay tuned.
If you love to sew, get giddy over textiles and feel immense joy learning about these things in groups of people who feel the same way about sewing and textiles, don’t take a chance—subscribe to the newsletter at the footer of this page or on our homepage and never miss an opportunity. New workshops, demos and events are currently under development…
P.S. Join us for a workshop-space launch party in April! Date will be announced soon.
If you are seriously looking to sharpen your sewing skills and you live in the San Francisco area, you go to Apparel Arts, which you probably already know about since the design school hosted several Pop-up Britex workshops last year. What’s new is that Suzy, director of Apparel Arts, is now offering patternmaking classes on Craftsy, an online community of makers. Yes, it’s true. You can now learn the basics of patternmaking at your own pace, in your own home. Of course, this does not take the place of participating in an Apparel Arts class in person, but it is a good fix for greatly advancing your patternmaking skills!
Take a look and let us know what you think!
Combine last minute holiday shopping with the beauty of local crafts, woodcut & weaving workshops, and luscious artisanal treats, with the 5th Annual San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market on December 21 + 22, 2013 at the Concourse Exhibition Center! Info Time: 11am – 6pm. Place: Concourse Exhibition Center – 635 8th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Cost: Free to attend! Makers: A curated selection of 250+ talented Makers! Workshops: Create your own woodcut map with Woodcut Maps – Build a wooden beer case with Indie Mart – participate in a weaving demo with the Textiles Department of San Francisco State University – print your own bespoke gift wrap at the DIY Gift Wrap Station, hosted by the San Francisco State University Printmaking Guild.
Every year, for as long as any of us can recall, Britex has a staff Halloween costume contest that is off-the-wall. We invite our customers to be judges of creativity and sewing skill by casting their vote for best costume. This year, Natalie was the winner with her Magpie costume. Jeanette, as a Fairy Ice Queen, took second place.
Get ready to be amazed by the other contestants, which run the gamut from absolutely hilarious to awesomely witty. Join us next year and judge for yourself. Click here to read more »
The San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair is returning next weekend for two days! Visit and be prepared to be awash with crafty workshops, super fantabulous craft items, yummy treats, and groovilicious tunes. It is next weekend, July 27 + 28, 11am – 7pm at Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan Street (Reserve parking for Saturday and Sunday). There will be over 250 craftpersons, a DIY inspiration lounge, make-and-take workshops, interactive activities, a color installation by Vera Chroma, entertainment, a photobooth, music , food and drink and more! As Girl Scout kitten says, “Be Prepared!” (Decisive kitten print is by Renegrade Craft Fair makers, Berkley Illustration, aka Ryan and Lucy Berkley of Portland, Oregon)
The world of linings and interlinings can sometimes be mysterious, and because of that, can often be an afterthought. That’s why, when our POP-UP Britex sponsor Apparel Arts ran an article explaining the differences between these unique layers, we asked if we could share it on the Britex Blog. Read on and let us know if you found it helpful!
Our next pop-up is right around the corner (rumor is that there are still a few seats left). This workshop will be taught by Jamie Lau, a designer, sewing instructor, fashion editor, and author. Jamie is no stranger to Britex—maybe you’ll remember—in December of last year Britex hosted the SF launch party of BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, of which she is the co-author. On Thursday, May 16 she’ll teach POP-UP Britex: Color Blocking Workshop at Photobooth in the Mission.
Here is a little color blocking preview…
Join us this Thursday at 7 For All Mankind in downtown San Francisco for a special do-it-yourself denim distressing event.
Experience the untold art of distressing denim and take home the tools to create your won vintage story. Enjoy the distressing bar—demonstration by Britex Fabrics team member—cocktails and gift with purchase!
Thursday, April 11
5 – 8 PM
7 For All Mankind, San Francisco
224 Grant Avenue
RSVP “San Francisco” to firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s not everyday that Britex has teachers, and even more rare, that a Britex teacher gets a pro bono Tinype portrait taken at Photobooth in the Mission. This rare moment is due to the fact that Photobooth will be hosting POP-UP Britex taught by Jamie Lau on May 16.
It was an awesome experience. We arrived, were made comfortable and had great conversation about art, photography and our current projects. Within about 15 minutes the plates were set and our photographer was ready to shoot.