The Britex Blog
August 2, 2017 by Britex FabricsThis was an extra-fabulous year for Britex Fabrics at SF Pride! We were a proud sponsor of The Theatre Rhino's Priscilla, Queen of the Desert float, contributing the silver lamé fabric trailing behind the iconic giant high-heeled shoe beloved from the show and movie. Come visit Britex Fabrics at our brick-and-mortar store to explore all of our shiny (and also not shiny!) fabrics.
May 10, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
"Cocktail Glamour Hour" is a reticule by Marsha Schuld, created for the Talliaferro challengeBesides 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.
May 10, 2017 by Britex FabricsThis is the 19th Techtextil Symposium where international experts present research results, products, and technologies.This year the Symposium is being presented in conjunction with the Dornbirn Manmade Fibre Conference, which focuses on sustainability and resource management.
March 1, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
There’s a fantastic collection of beautiful and vibrant fabric art, sourced from nearly a dozen countries, hand-picked and locally curated, on display at Warehouse416! This month we celebrate Transportive Textiles, brought to you by Hess Art AdvisoryTitle: Transportive TextilesDates: Mar 3rd - Mar 25thTime: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pmWhere: Warehouse416 (A family run gallery with private studio spaces & conference room, unique & edgy in style in an industrial aesthetic, promoting local contemporary artists.)
416 26th street
Saturday, March 11 (2PM): Curator walk-through with Claudia Hess will illuminate the special meanings of these international textiles, and elaborate on their enduring qualities. Light refreshments will be served
Saturday, March 18 (4PM): Wine tasting to introduce the South American flavors of fine wine and fabrics, side-by-side. RSVP!
Saturday, March 25 (2PM): Learn about the special meanings of our textiles, and how to use textiles in interior design! Artist talk will pair Claudia Hess (Hess Art Advisory) and Jill Vellinger (J Vellinger Designs). Also: pop-up tacos with Patricia Sandoval.
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 www.sfsnad.org
March 4, 2015 by Britex FabricsEvery year, for the past few years, we have proudly sponsored the National Make it With Wool, a competition encouraging the joy and versatility of sewing with wool. Members are asked to create an entire outfit, for themselves, out of all wool (or 60% wool blends) using techniques such as sewing, knitting, and crocheting. Each competitor is entered into Regionals, and if chosen, will then move on to Nationals. This year the National competition was held in Reno, CA and produced the following winners. Kris Puckrin - Junior Division (ages 13-16)
February 24, 2015 by Britex FabricsAs many know, Britex has been a long standing San Francisco icon, along with many other wonderful places. One of which is our famous San Francisco Symphony. Last month, the two met in a spectacular event celebrating music director Michael Tilson Thomas' 70th birthday.
May 13, 2014 by Britex Fabrics
Wow! SFMade Week was a blast! Thank you to all that made it out to any of the many workshops, tours and celebrations that took place around town last week.
Our lovely friends at Bluxome Winery welcomed us at Masters & Makers on Tuesday with our very awesome and educational Textile Station.
Simultaneously, a special SFMade tailored Warp x Weft took place here at Britex. Three Babes Bakeshop treated us to locally grown and baked apple pies graciously delivered by Good Eggs.
We concluded with an After-Hours Textile Tour on Thursday with, of course, drinks from Bluxome Winery.
May 8, 2014 by Britex FabricsSewing Indie Month happening right now! Sewing Indie Month is an online party with 21 independent sewing pattern designers and their best friends (that would be you)! In the organizer's own words... "Sewing Indie Month is all about making new friends and sewing great garments. See, when you’re an independent sewing pattern designer sometimes you really wish you could ask your fellow designers’ advice, or even just commiserate about how little sleep you get when there’s an error in one of your patterns. That can seem weird and presumptuous though, asking a stranger, a competing business owner, to chat about certain things they’d rather keep private. But that’s the great thing about being an indie designer, your fellow designers aren’t your competition, they’re your allies." You won't want to miss the sewalongs lead by some mighty awesome bloggers (including our very own Guest Blogger Laura Mae). Sewalong themes and blogs follow: Indie Love Affair - Wanett of Sown Brooklyn Dressed to the Nines - Laura of Lilacs and Lace Everyday Casual - Jenny of Cashmerette Pattern Hacking - Rhonda of Rhonda’s Creative Life The best part is that you can participate and win!
April 30, 2014 by Britex Fabrics
Kick off SFMade Week by joining us at Bluxome Street Winery to celebrate all things made masterfully, locally. Enjoy demonstrations, samples and conversations with some of your favorite producers, alongside WesBurger fare, Bluxome wines and Magnolia brews (benefitting SFMade). Admission is free — come make and partake!
Tuesday, May 6th from 5-8PM
Bluxome Street Winery — 53 Bluxome Street (btw 4th and 5th St in SOMA)
all evening long…
Blackbird Guitar—Big Sound, Small Body
Britex Fabrics—Textile Station: Focus on Fiber
Crooked Nest—Bromeliads & Bolts
Magnolia Gastropub—Drink Beer, Benefit SFMade
WesBurger—Burgers & Fixins (think, fried McVicker’s)
5:20 SF Milk Maid—DIY Cheese: From Udder to Fork
5:40 ForeignSpell—Palatable Printmaking
6:00 ForageSF—Cure Your Own Meat w/ Wild Herbs
6:20 Foggy Notion—Fun with Mason Jars
6:40 McVicker’s—Pairing Your Pickled Favorites
7:00 Bluxome St Winery—Barrel Sampling
7:20 Dandelion Chocolate—Bean to Bar & In Between
7:40 Raff Distillerie—Gin is to Absinthe as Bummer is to Lazarus
What's a Textile Station?
We’re so glad you asked! Our new Textile Station is a way for you to test your fiber knowledge. See and feel raw fibers—silk, wool, cotton and flax—and try to guess what fabrics are made from those fibers. Here’s a hint…there may be some trick blends.