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  • Quilt With Dinosaur Cutouts as Appliqués

    May 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    "Hi Sharman,

    It was nice to talk to you yesterday.  Here’s the quilt I made for my first grandson using all Britex fabrics.  I cut out the dinosaurs that were then sewn as applique with embroidery stitching for the “hills.”  The base fabric was the Royal British shirt fabric that was excellent to use because it doesn’t stretch and quilted well.  All the stitching was done by hand.  I made up the design.

    Your staff was very helpful to me in selecting the best fabrics with compatible “stretchability” so that the final result behaved properly.

    Thank you for having the best fabric store I’ve ever found – and I look everywhere I go!



  • From Trash to Treasure - A Woman Turns Thousands of Candy Wrappers Into a Dress ( / boredpanda)

    May 17, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Emily Seilhamer challenged herself when she decided to create a dress from Starburst wrappers. With the help of her family and friends, she has been saving Starburst wrappers for the last four years. After she had saved enough, she ironed them, folded them into links and made chains out of the candy wrappers. By using elastic thread, she was able to sew the links together as if she were sewing fabric. Emily is an avid upcycler and creates dresses from every day objects. In addition to the Starburst dress, she created a dress from wallpaper.

  • Friday Free Quilt Pattern (

    May 12, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Check out a Quick Quilts queen-size quilt pattern by Rosy RickRack, (design by Cheryl Almgren)free download online. The queen-size quilt is a larger version of the lap quilt featured. This project uses fast and easy zigzag piecing, with 6 7/8" fabric squares. Use light and dark scraps from your stash, or purchase fabric online at, for a high contrast version of this quilt. The pattern is available here for free.

  • Giant Knitted Blankets Created With Needles Made From PVC Piping (Mental Floss Studios / littledandelion)

    May 11, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Artist Jacqui Fink knits giant blankets with needles made from PVC piping. She even uses her arms for some giant projects. Watch this video from Mental Floss Studios and you will think your eyes are playing tricks on you! Check out more of Jacqui's extreme knitting on here website here. She has collaborated with fashion designers and artists, and creates commissioned pieces for commercial and residential interiors.

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

    May 10, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    "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.

  • Crochet Lace Installation - The Lace & Urchins (Choi + Shine)

    April 28, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    The Lace 2016 Amsterdam Light Festival
    Installation Artists Jin Choi and Thomas Shine have created amazingly intricate larger than life crochet lace installation pieces for light festivals in Singapore (2017) and in Amsterdam (2016)

  • The First Sea Ice Master Hunters Used Advanced Sewing Techniques (Science Nordic)

    April 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    1_sko_nu_med_baggrund_0 Archaeologists think that Greenland’s earliest people were master tailors. They used sewing needles that they created from bird bones and threads spun from animal tendons. These tools were advanced enough, that when used over 4,000 years ago by the Saqqaq people, they  were able to master hunting on sea ice; and were the first to ever do this. They used an overcast stitch which does not waste material. There aren't many clothing objects found from 4,000 years ago that appear to have been repaired, but shoes and socks wear a lot since they are used so much, which is why it is interesting that part of a sock, discovered by archeologists seems to have been repaired by the Saqqaq people.

  • Traditional Cross-Stitching Meets Modern Technology (Digital Arts from IDG)

    April 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    image-5 Illustrator and designer Aled Lewis  created Toy Stories , a personal project, which became really popular back in 2011. Since then he’s continued creating a mixture of client and personal work, including an epic 30-ft cross-stitch tapestry depicting the Star Wars saga from Episode one through to Episode six. It was shown as part of his solo show – Such Pixels at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles.

  • European Quilt Triennale

    April 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    high-summer-by-janet-twinn High Summer by Janet Twinn, Great Britain
    The European Quilt Triennale is one of the most prestigious textile art shows in Europe and was founded as Biennale in Heidelberg by the late German textile artist Doris Winter. It first debuted in Germany, and has since traveled to other places such as Great Britain and Switzerland. This show is like a museum of quilts!

  • Quilty pleasures: Six amazing quilts to inspire you to Get Creative (BBC Arts)

    April 13, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    quilty-plesuresRecently BBC Arts featured a little bit of history of quilting with creative examples from kids and adults to inspire others to create quilts. Come check out the variety of quilting fabrics we have in stock at Britex Fabrics, or check us out online.

    "For early American settlers, quilt-making inspired generations of women to work together stitching and telling stories as they pieced together a new life amidst the harsh conditions of the New World.

    It’s more than likely quilting and patchwork came to North America courtesy of the first British families who emigrated there. Now, the craft is experiencing a creative rebirth with over 6,500 members of the Quilters’ Guild, plus many other artists and creative people making wonderful quilts blending the traditional and the contemporary."

    For the complete article, please visit the BBC Arts website here.

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