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  • 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.

  • SF School of Needlework & Design Current Challenge

    May 1, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    sfsnad-summer-of-love Our neighbors at SFSNAD are running one of their challenges to commemorate the anniversary of the Summer of Love. AS usual, this challenge is one you can do at home, even if you don't live in San Francisco.

  • Cityscape Top Created by Britex Fabrics Customer Eileen Peters

    March 22, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    "where fine arts and graphic design meet needle and thread"


    Britex Fabrics customer Eileen Peters created this awesome Cityscape top. The top is made from black mesh fabric, felt and sequins, which are all avaialable in our brick-and-mortar store. Not only is it a top, but it is a piece of wearable art as well.

  • Find a Piece of Outlander at Britex Fabrics (

    March 8, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    bridge Have you ever found yourself exploring a new city and then become awestruck by an unexpected finding?  That is what happened to me on my most recent trip to San Francisco, California.  This trip was meant to be a getaway to a big city, introducing my children to all the joys of San Francisco.  I relished the opportunity to share my favorite activities and expose them to new experiences.   From cable car rides to appreciating architecture and art – we found ourselves making memories that would last a lifetime!  However, it was our interest in exploring a quaint street in the heart of Union Square that led me to one of my most memorable experiences.  I found myself facing the back entrance to the world-renowned Britex Fabrics!

  • Magical Horsehair Braid

    February 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Horsehair braid is one of the most recent notions added to our website. Horsehair braids come from a far away magical land where unicorns roam free. Well, not really, but it is a magical notion that can be used in the art of millinery or hemlines for dress making. Horsehair braid acts as both a facing and  hem stabilizer. It is most often used to add structure to the hemline of a skirt or dress. Think of a sculpted skirt or a full length ballgown. It helps to weigh down the skirt and add a swingy fullness.

    Whether you want to create a curved hem like a circle at the bottom of a skirt or a sturdy hat form, horsehair braid is an exceptional tool for both. Although we only have black and white available in our online store, we carry a variety of colors and widths on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store.



  • Stitch At Home: Talliaferro Stitch Challenge at San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

    February 20, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    The current Stich at Home Challenge by our neighbors at the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD) is underway.  For this challenge, crewelwork-designer Anna Garris Goiser of Talliaferro Classic Needleart has generously contributed two motifs of her own design for you to interpret into stitch. You will be able to interpret the designs using any needlework technique you like!   Deadline is April 15.  The previous Challenge, titled Jewels of the Sea, is currently on exhibit through March 4, around the corner from Britex Fabrics at SNAD, 360 Post Street, Suite 604, open Monday-Saturday, 9:30-4:30. For more information on the Challenges or course schedule, visit

  • In-Store Sale Two Days Only!

    February 15, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


  • How to Shorten a Metal Zipper

    February 6, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    colors MATERIALS end nippers or pliers scissors top zipper stops ruler

  • 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.


    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


    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.


  • Give the Gift of Sewing!

    December 16, 2016 by Britex Fabrics


    An awesome gift idea for the sewers in your life! A 14 piece sewing kit in a ready-to-gift box that includes #magneticpincushion #pins #glassheadpins #tapemeasure #seamripper #tailorscissors #threadsnips #craftclips #safetypins #sewingguage #erasablepen #ironvanishingpen #rotarycutter #cuttingmat #ruler $95 plus tax on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store in San Francisco, just off #unionsquare Come see us or call 415-392-2910 and ask for our notions department! #sewingkit #sewing #sew #gift #holiday #gifts #sewingbox



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