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  • How to Sew Knit Fabric With the Tissue Method by Becky of craftingagreenworld.com

    August 11, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_1356 Have you ever had problems wrangling your knit fabrics? Do they stretch or wiggle? The tension on your machine can cause the bottom piece of fabric to move at a different speed from the top piece, causing wrinkles, ripples, and warping--so it's a great idea to stabilize your fabric before you start. Just use pins and a light colored tissue paper as described in the Tissue Method technique by Becky of craftingagreenworld.com, and you'll eliminate a ton of frustration. We currently have a huge array of knits in our brick-and-mortar store, in fabulous prints and solids in virtually every weight and fiber content. We especially love the zebra print shown above: you'll find it on our Second Floor.

  • Summer of Love Challenge

    August 2, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    What matters to you now, in groovy 60s style... img_1286 Turn the Summer of Love into Summer of Lovely! Come check out the array of colors of embroidery floss on the Third Floor of our brick-and-mortar store, and create something groovy to enter the San Francisco School of Needlework & Design August Stitch at Home Challenge!

  • 83,500 Vintage Sewing Patterns

    July 13, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    The sewing community takes care of its own! Thanks to a collaborative effort, 83,500 vintage sewing patterns from Vogue, McCalls, Butterick, Simplicity, and others have been put into an online database, viewable by the public. Each look is at least 25 years old, and is organized by decade, garment type and designer. If you want to recreate a Dior look from the 50s, this is a great place to start! Then pick out some scrumptious fabric to work with--we have fabulous new silks, brocades and wools in our brick-and-mortar and online stores!


  • Bolster Your Style With Yummy Velvet

    June 28, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_1010 Bolster pillows are like adorable rolls of candy adorning sofas and beds, and when they're made out of velvet they're even more delicious. Check out this super easy velvet bolster pillow tutorial by Anita from cedarhillfarmhouse.com, and visit the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store to see a selection of velvets in cotton, silk/rayon, viscose, rayon/acetate, poly lycra and more (the term 'velvet' refers to the structure of the fabric rather than the fiber; the pile is always created by raised loops). Velvet fabric has been around since the Middle Kingdom of the ancient Egyptians (approximately 2000 BC), and velvet trims have been found as far back as the Qin and Western Han dynasties in China--so clearly, there's no need to improve on something that was perfect four millennia ago! For velvet ribbon, please visit us online here or visit the ribbon wall on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store where we have hand dyed, grosgrain, satin, metallic, silk, velvet, sheer, vintage, and many other types of ribbon.

  • DIY Hooded Bath Towel (abeautifulmess.com)

    June 22, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    terry-cloth-gray Sew yourself a hug! This Cozy Hooded Bath Towel project by abeautifulmess.com invites you to create a custom hooded bath towel that will keep you warm, comfy and proud of your DIY prowess. You can purchase terry cloth fabric along with appliques, patches and bling at our brick-and-mortar store in Union Square. For the complete tutorial, please visit the post by abeautifulmess.com here.

  • 10 Sewing Tutorials to Help You Travel Handmade! (sewcanshe.com)

    June 21, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    britex-supplies There's traveling light, and there's traveling right: Caroline of sewcanshe.com can help you create travel bags and organizers perfect for toting all of the fabulous garments and jewelry you've made! These 10 DIY sewing project tutorials include a tote with many pockets, a travel jewelry case, an airplane travel organizer with a peek-a-boo pouch, a quilted computer tablet case, and more. You'll need fabric (cotton prints are recommended), zippers, vinyl, D-rings, fusible interfacing, and basic notions--all of which are available in abundance at our brick-and-mortar Union Square store. Give yourself some time to shop, because we really do have fabulous prints!

  • Dressmakers Have Good Eyes, And Not Just For Style! (NPR)

    June 19, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    We always suspected that hand sewists have superpowers: and it turns out we're right! A small study published by UC Berkeley found that dressmakers who do a lot of hand sewing seem to have better stereoscopic vision than participants from any other profession that does fine manual work--including surgeons and dentists. Stereoscopic vision is the ability to accurately perceive depth and distance between objects — to see in 3-D. And dressmakers are the only group of professionals who seem to have enhanced powers in this department. For the complete article about stereoscopic vision, please visit the NPR article here. If you want to improve your hand sewing and stereoscopic skills, just register for our Hand Sewing 101 workshop with Natalie!

  • Buttonholing Boutonnières: When, How and Why to Wear One

    June 8, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Have you ever worn a boutonnière? Britex Fabrics has every component you need to make your own!
    Despite sea changes in culture and trend, the boutonnière remains a relevant fashion fillip--recommended for special occasions such as weddings, proms, homecomings, and society gatherings. Traditionally, boutonnières are flowers--either fresh or silk--worn with the stem pushed through a lapel buttonhole on the left side (the same side as a pocket handkerchief). At our Britex Fabrics brick-and-mortar store, we carry beautiful silk flowers and leaves on our embellishments floor, including traditional favorites like carnations, orchids, and roses; along with many more fashion-forward choices like camellias, sweet peas, and apple blossoms.

  • Feathers in Fashion: A History of Plumage

    June 2, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_0469 At some point, people decided that peacocks had the right idea, and feathered flamboyance entered the fashion world! Feathers are everywhere now, but in fact, the feather was first commercially introduced to fashion during the Middle Ages. Feathers were originally a symbol of high social standing. They were used to decorate head dresses and jewelry. During the 12th century, Venetian masks were decorated with gold, silver, crystals and feathers. Because fashion was dictated by royalty during the Middle Ages, only the very wealthy could afford to dress fashionably. By the end of the 15th century, fur trimmings and feathers became a staple part of the aristocracy’s wardrobes.

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

    May 10, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    "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.

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