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  • Hand Beaded Designer Appliques - Made in India

    March 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Have you ever wondered how beaded appliques are made? There is actually a lot of time and patience that goes into the process of this amazing craft. Here is a video that was made in a factory where appliques are created for high end couture designers.

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    We recently received many gorgeous, hand beaded appliques directly from India. Come into our brick-and-mortar store to check them out.
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  • Nima Shiraz's First Fashion Video - Featuring Fabulous Designs Created With Fabrics From Britex Fabrics!

    February 26, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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  • Wool Fiber Art

    October 15, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Oh the Glory of Wool!

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    Jeff Root is a Local San Francisco Artist who creates beautiful Fiber Art using various Woolens

    (Mostly found at here Britex!)

    Our Main Floor is a playground for Wool Fabric which you will see here on these beautiful pieces of Art!

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    It doesn't stop there, he also creates Plush toys, Cartoons & Paintings! Jeff learned how to use a sewing machine at a very young age!

    His mother taught sewing classes in their home when Jeff was a kid.  When Jeff and his brother were bored (during snowstorms, etc), they would sew beanbags, which evolved slowly into Plush toys.


  • How to Make a Cadet Cap: Tutorial + Free Pattern

    October 1, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

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    Hello Britex readers, this is Mary from Craft Buds and I'm excited to be guest posting here today! I've put together a free cadet-style hat pattern for you. Just download the pattern from Craftsy here (you'll need a free Craftsy account) and we'll get started. I've used two fabrics provided by Britex in my hat, a beautiful midweight herringbone olive & espresso wool for the exterior, and a silky smooth chocolate brown rayon/cupro for the lining. The fabrics are both high quality and were a perfect set of fabrics for a warm and comfortable hat. All kinds of woolens would work for this nifty cap. Try this Glen plaid wool, then line it with toasty, glorious red warm-back lining! Wool plaidLINING-85-RED60D  

  • Partaking Patrons Vol XII

    September 2, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Blog1 Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 12! This is a bi-monthly post where Britex will be celebrating our customers and the gorgeous items they create with our materials. Interested in participating? Email us at [marketing@britexfabrics.com] for further information.   Here at Britex, many of our staff's parents are seamstresses, too. Apparently the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree! And today we are so thrilled to be able to share one of our Moms of Britex projects.  

  • Indigo Basketweave Raw Silk Cap Sleeve Pleated Dress

    August 31, 2015 by Jamie Lau Designs

    Blog2 Earlier this summer, I relocated my design studio from New York to San Francisco, which meant closer proximity to Britex and more fabric shopping. This past weekend, I taught a fashion design workshop at the Britex Salon. In addition to fashion illustration and creating mood boards, we also touched upon the importance of fabric awareness in fashion design.  

  • Tutorial: Adding a Waist-Stay to a Garment

    August 17, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Blog1 Hello everyone, it’s Laura Mae from Lilacs & Lace. Today I would like to share my new frock made from this delicious cotton batiste as well as a great way to take your garment sewing to the next level with a grosgrain waist stay!  

  • Partaking Patrons Vol. XI

    August 12, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 11! This is a bi-monthly post where Britex will be celebrating our customers and the gorgeous items they create with our materials. Interested in participating? Email us at [marketing@britexfabrics.com] for further information.   Whether it is a large ballroom gown, upholstered couches, or a small and nuanced doll, Britex is home to all things creative! In this installment of PP, the lovely Joseph Coloff shows us the latter. With his detailed and precise handiwork, Joe has made a beautiful roaring 20s doll for a competition in Texas.   Final6  

  • Cross-Dyed Linen Jacket with Bias Fringe

    August 4, 2015 by Communing with Fabric

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    Hi, it's Shams from Communing with Fabric with another garment made from a lovely Britex fabric!  

  • Partaking Patrons Vol. X

    July 29, 2015 by Britex Fabrics

    Welcome to Partaking Patrons volume 10! This is a bi-monthly post where Britex will be celebrating our customers and the gorgeous items they create with our materials. Interested in participating? Email us at [marketing@britexfabrics.com] for further information.   When one thinks of Britex it is not usually first on the list to think of historical costuming. But, as a matter of fact, we have a huge costuming clientele, the most well known right now being Terry Dresbach of Outlander. We serve up piles of wools and cottons and silks for specific and accurate reproductions that our costuming community yearns for. And this time of year particularly picks up with the encroaching Costume College festivities! Costume College (or lovingly referred to by those in the know as CoCo) is a long weekend conference held in Southern California that features workshops, demos, and lectures geared towards costuming and historical sewing. Each of the three days is also packed with events, such as an Ice Cream Social and an evening Gala, where attendees can wear and show off their beautiful creations. There also happens to be a pool party...   VivienCollage  

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