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From the Tropics to Buttons on a Winter Coat

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The Tagua nut is the seed of a tropical palm that grows in the Northwestern region of South America, starting North of Peru, throughout Ecuador, Columbia, and Southern Panama. Tagua can be made into many beautiful items such as carved figurines, buttons, and other fashion accoutrements. It can be cut, pressed, heated, burned, lasered, bleached, tinted, and polished to phenomenal bright finishes.

The Tagua is found inside a fruit that is approximately one foot in diameter and is covered with hard spikes. After approximately eight months, when the fruit ripens, the liquid part of the fruit that tastes like concentrated cocoa is used as a medicine for kidney problems.

Ironically, the Tagua is found in the tropics, yet often ends up as Corozo buttons on winter coats.

To add some fabulous flair to any winter coat, check out our wide variety of Corozo buttons available online.

 

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Breathtaking Butterfly Silk

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Bring in a little ray of sunshine to brighten up your winter with radiant butterflies and polka dots, with a hint of shiny. This 100% silk makes a flawless skirt, or a great scarf. For an excellent outfit, why not make both. This border print begins three inches from the edge, and the butterflies and polka dots expand 16 inches from there. Shiny sequins within the design add an extra sparkle.

Our sleek silks are found on the main floor of our store. This Butterfly fabric is 45″ wide and is $59.99 per yard. To purchase this fabric come into the store, call us at (415) 392-2910, or order via email at service@britexfabrics.com

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Online Wool Fabric Sale – Ends 1/11

GoldenFleeceSheep-GraphicsFairy31Until January 11th, enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Wool Fabrics categories! Get toasty with winter sewing projects. All wool and wool blends in our Wool Coatings, Midweight Woven Wools, Midweight Stretch Wools, Wool Plaids, Wool Tweeds, and Wool Suitings are 20% off until Monday, January 11th. Order your swatches today! Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Wool Fabrics Categories fabrics only. In-store Wool Fabrics are not included in this sale)

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Furoshiki Gift Wrapping with Fabric

Use fabric instead of throw away paper to wrap your gifts! The Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan published a guide on Furoshiki, an origami-like fabric folding technique for wrapping gifts. Combine beauty, creativity, and sustainability when wrapping your gift. And, of course, Britex Fabrics has scads of beauteous fabrics!

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I Left my Heart in San Francisco Fabric

Britex Fabrics, Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, trolleys, and more – this quilting weight cotton fabric lets us know exactly where you left your heart! Here is our iconic San Francisco fabric made into an apron – just the thing to wear while drinking coffee and baking a batch of apricot scones for brunch! This apron pattern is the 1940s Val from the Kitchen style by Decades of Style. If this apron style doesn’t float your boat, then the folks at Tipnut graciously offered three free booklets packed full of apron patterns – full aprons, half aprons, smocked aprons and more!

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Britex Fabrics’ Holiday Hours

Britex Fabrics will close at 4 pm on Thursday December 24th, and at 4pm on Thursday December 31st.

We will be closed on Friday December 25th, and Friday January 1st.

We wish everyone a peaceful and pleasurable holiday season!

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For one week only…Cashmeres are 50% off in-store!

Make your holidays a little cozier–our luscious Cashmeres are 50% off for one week only at our brick-and-mortar store! These beautiful coatings vary from shawl weight to double face, in a variety of traditional colors. Don’t miss out–the sale lasts from Monday, December 14 through Saturday, December 19 at 6 PM. And after purchasing some fabulous cashmere (along with other goodies–have you got your glitz for New Year’s yet?), take a stroll by Macy’s and melt over the adorable (and adoptable!) kittens and puppies in the windows.

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Fashion Design Event by Jamie Lau 12/19

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Come and gain some industry knowledge at our Fashion Design event with Jamie Lau!

In this two hour workshop, Jamie will go over different aspects of fashion design to help you gather your ideas and bring them to life.

She will cover starter fashion drawing techniques, creating mood boards for color selection, and will help with fabric awareness. Students will have access to croquis (fashion figure templates), colored pencils, and markers for sketching. In addition, you will also create inspirational mood boards using magazine tears, fabric swatches, and collage.

This class is perfect for beginners or anyone who is curious about the fashion industry and would like more insight!

Sign up now and also check out our Events page for future workshops!

 

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Gift Certificates from Britex Fabrics for the Holidays!

Britex Fabrics helps make creative dreams come true! Give the gift of inspiration with an San Francisco In-Store Gift Certificate for use at Britex Fabrics’ San Francisco store.

Don’t forget your pals overseas, the Midwest, or just plain out of town – give them an Online Gift Certificate for use at Britex Fabrics’ online store!

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Black Friday Sale and Cyber Monday Sale – 11/27 and 11/30

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‘Tis a wonderful time of year at Britex…one sale after another!

Black Friday 11/27 – Friday, November 27, the day after Thanksgiving, almost the entire brick-and-mortar store is 30% off (well, not the bricks or the mortar).*

Cyber Monday 11/30 – Then, just when you’ve caught your breath–Monday, November 30th, almost the entire the online store is on sale! Fabric, buttons, ribbon, and more! Shop the best way possible! While propped up in bed, sipping coffee, nibbling bagels, and wearing your jammies….and get 30% off almost everything online.**

**In-store sale is limited to stock on floor. No mail orders, phone, or special orders. Not included are imported/vintage lace, Liberty of London fabrics, certain felts, and specialty items.

** Online sale is limited to online orders–no phone orders, email orders, or customized swatch orders. Not included are imported Chantilly and Alencon lace trims.

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