Britex Fabrics loves romance and weddings. We have piles and piles of gossamer tulle, already attached to hair combs, for your bridal veiling desires. Our veils are available in over thirteen styles, in lengths ranging from 20” to 120” long, in single or double tiers, and with cut, beaded, pencil, corded, satin ribbon or sheer ribbon edges. Many brides customize their veils with one of our stunningly delicate French laces. Remember to carefully preserve your veil after your wedding, so that it can be passed down as a romantic heirloom.
- Check for any slight tears, or missing pearls or sequins, and repair if needed.
- Get your veil professionally dry-cleaned.
- Store it in an acid-free box, and wrapped in acid-free tissue paper, cotton fabric, or neutral pH, unbuffered acid free tissue paper.
- Store your boxes in a dry dark area. Do not store them in your basements or attic. Insects and mildew will destroy your heirloom items. Protect the boxes from dust with fabric, not plastic, as plastic encourages dampness.
(See the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute for additional conservation resources)
Britex Fabrics will be traveling to The Festival de Cannes this May on the back of the delightful, witty, and luscious Kitten on the Keys (Suzanne Ramsey), in the form of a ’30s-style gown! “San Francisco’s Kitten on the Keys and Roky Roulette, who appear in French director Mathieu Almaric’s new movie, ” Tournée” were delighted to learn last week that the film is one of 16 chosen for the Cannes Film Festival. Kitten (Suzanne Ramsey), whose Web site describes her as an “international cabaret and burlesque artist,” writes songs and plays piano, ukulele and accordion. Roulette is apparently a whiz at multitasking. Ramsey described him as a “pogo striptease artist” who bounces up and down on his pogo stick while removing his clothes. Ramsey said she was headed out to Britex to shop for the makings of a ’30s-style gown she was planning to wear on the red carpet. The festival is in mid-May, and somehow, I don’t think this step is in the standard “How to Prepare for Cannes” movie star instruction manual. She’ll be performing at Madrone on Divisadero on Thursday.” – Leah Garchik at SFGate
Yeah, Maker Faire is back! Maker Faire Hours – Saturday, May 22 (10am – 8 pm) and Sunday, May 23rd (10am – 6pm) Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It’s for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things.
One of this season’s delightful fabrics is seersucker. Seersucker makes me think of crochet, bocce ball, drinking tall frosted glasses of icy beverages, and scintillating tête-à-têtes. Springtime is also a perfect time to make aprons for all your seasonal organizing and cleaning, and here are some lovely vintage apron directions from a Canadian sister, Tipnut. All you need is one yard of seersucker fabric and nine yards of coordinating rickrack, and you’ll be set to grab your feather duster and label maker to clean and organize all afternoon….and then you can relax with aforementioned tall frosted beverage.
(All seersucker fabrics pictured are cotton/polyester blends & 45″ wide. Violet/white seersucker is $8.99/yard, orange-red/white seersucker is $6.99/yard, and grey/white seersucker is $10.99/yard)
June will arrive more quickly than we expect, and with June come the brides! Using Vogue pattern V8569, a handful of gossamer tulle, and a couple of yards of lovely lace from Britex Fabrics you can make your own romantic, heirloom wedding veil. This imported French 4 1/2″ wide ivory Alençon lace, with a corded rose and leaf motif, and a double-scalloped border can easily be cut through the center to make trim, and would be luxuriously stunning as veil edging.
Join The de Young Museum for a hat contest on Friday, April 23! There is still time to visit Britex Fabrics for tulle, velvet and silk ribbons, lace, silk flowers, and rhinestones to make an artistic chapeau. Hats should be inspired by the French Impressionist paintings in the museum’s collection. Let Manet, Degas, Morisot, Pissarro and more drive you to frivolous heights! Categories include, Moulin Rouge or Soiree (evening hats), Boating on the Seine River (daytime hats), Can-Can (theatrical), Glamorous Garden Party, and Professional Hat Designers (will be judged separately). And of course there are prizes.
We love this taupe, cream, pink and maroon cotton home decorating fabric. Its giant wine-colored puffs remind me of cotton bolls. I want to cover wicker loveseat cushions with this, and then kick back with a glass of lemonade and an Agatha Christie novel, while listening to “Ol’ Man River” from the classic musical, Showboat.
“Ol’ man river,
Dat ol’ man river
He mus’ know sumpin’
But don’t say nuthin’,
He jes’ keeps rollin’
He keeps on rollin’ along.”
(By K. Kern and O. Hammerstein)
This Liberty of London Art Nouveau print has graceful flowing lines and clear muted colors. It is just the thing to segue from rainy winter mornings to the dewy newness of spring, and would make a luxuriously fabulous shawl-collared robe.
Elana made this spring-time green casual rayon dress, and coordinating elegant wool jacket from fabric and notions from Britex Fabrics. She used a Burda pattern. The braiding on the jacket color, cuffs, and flap pockets is a lovely touch. I imagine wearing this chic outfit with a wide-brimmed white straw hat festooned with leaf green grosgrain ribbon trim.
Oh Mister Nutkin times two. Andrea Zuill at Badbirds Designs brings you the Nutkin twins…..which is the evil twin and which is the angelic twin? I have the feeling we will never know unless they stop looking at one another out of the corners of their eyes, turn around and duke it out with their furry little mitts! Or maybe they just want to get together and bake a springtime yellow cake. At any rate, these squirrels would be adorable embroidered on just about anything…..pajamas, a child’s top, an apron, or tea towels. All you need is the ability to form a simple chain stitch, and a smidgen of patience.
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