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  • ½ Scale Madeleine Vionnet Gown

    October 27, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Monique Saviano made this ½ scale reproduction of a Madeleine Vionnet gown for the 16th Annual Educational Conference of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals. This delicate confection is made with silk chiffon from Britex Fabrics. The fringe is made of rayon chainette. One may read more about Madeleine Vionnet , an innovative designer who worked intensively with the bias cut, in Betty Kirke’s book “Madeleine Vionnet”, or in one of many articles about her such as “A Dressmaker Extraordinaire: Discovering the Secrets of Madeleine Vionnet’s Creativity”, which was published in Threads magazine in 1989.
    Monique Saviano Vionnet reproduction

  • Wee Gnome Costume

    October 26, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Every home needs a lucky little gnome! Now you can outfit your shortest household member and have your very own wee mischievous gnome. Stavro from Instructables made up these delightful gnome Halloween costume directions. Find out more about gnomes by reading historian Thomas Keightley’s book “The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves & Other Little People”, a definitive tome on mythology and folklore published in 1880.

  • Faux Wood Grain Buttons

    October 23, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    It is 1970 in Teheran, I’m 16 years old, watching the musical Camelot at the Bowling cinema in Shimroon, and slouched in my seat. I spit another pumpkin seed shell onto the floor, take a swallow of grape soda, and fiddle with the buttons on my sweater. I’m wearing a chocolate brown cable knit cardigan with faux wood grain buttons, a black shapeless turtleneck, tan corduroy bell-bottoms, and my hair is tied back with a strawberry-covered ribbon. Guenevere and Arthur are singing “What Do The Simple Folk Do?", while Guenevere is twirling and weeping in Arthur’s arms.
    “What else do the simple folk do
    To pluck up the heart and get through?
    The wee folk and the grown folk
    Who wander to and fro
    Have ways known to their own folk
    We throne folk don't know
    When all the doldrums begin
    What keeps each of them in his skin?
    What ancient native custom provides the needed glow?
    Oh, what do simple folk do?
    Do you know?”

    (by Alan Jay Lerner)

  • Jaleen's Wedding Shrug & Hat

    October 22, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    We just got this shout-out! We think Jaleen did a fabulous job on her shrug and hat, and that they make a super cute couple (and we adore how their photographer, Kyle Monk captured all this!): “THANK YOU BRITEX for helping me find a fabric that matched my dress so perfectly and trim that finished it so nicely. I recently got married in an awesome but tricky-colored version of taupe and I made the shrug and the hat all by myself, despite not having the slightest idea what I was doing. It worked out! Thanks so much for your help and patience!! Best – Jaleen”
    Jaleens wedding copy

  • Britex Costume Contest!

    October 21, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Halloween at Britex! Saturday, October 31st. Come see the crazy, fantastic costumes created and worn by our talented associates. And then vote for your favorite Halloween outfit and you could win a $50.00 Britex Fabrics gift certificate. Think about all the red velvet, gold lace trim, royal blue grosgrain ribbon, or ermine faux fur you could buy……just in time for all sorts of seasonal holidays.
    Halloween Britex 2006

  • Spanish Coin Button

    October 21, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    One of my favorite musicians is playing tonight at Shakespeare & Company Booksellers. I need to spiff up my plain vintage white cotton/poly French-cuffed shirt, so quickly make a pair of cuff-links from two silver Spanish coin buttons. I put on a pair of brown leather chaps over my jeans, tuck in my shirt, and pull on my brown zipped boots. I toss a burnt sienna cashmere scarf that I’ve trimmed with wide French ribbon with Art Nouveau motifs over my shoulder, throw on my favorite brown plaid wool jacket, kiss my cat, and run out the door. I barely have time to scarf down a dinner of falafel and Orangina before the show. I don’t want to miss folk singer and accordion player, Marie-Josee Houle. I’m hoping she’ll perform “Shallow Breathing”.

  • Denim Jeans Made by Ryan

    October 20, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Ryan-licious from the second floor of Britex made his jeans in Britex Fabric cotton denim. Notice the insolent fit and the custom “keyhole” stitching rear pocket design. This fabric can be found on the 2nd floor (please call ahead to verify stock).
    Ryan's jeans copy

  • Tablecloth and Napkin Set with Mitered Corners

    October 20, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Mel made this classic tablecloth and napkin set as a wedding gift. The tablecloth is made of 100% cotton damask, and the coordinating napkins are of 100% white bamboo voile. Mel recommends prewashing the bamboo voile to allow for shrinkage, and mentioned that it presses up like a dream! I love the expert job that Mel did mitering the napkin corners. This set would make any dinner stand out. Both the damask and bamboo voile are available at Britex Fabrics. This fabric can be found on the 2nd floor (please call ahead to verify stock).
    Napkins by Mel

  • Reflective Tape (or safety tape)

    October 20, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Reflective tape is at Britex Fabrics right in time for Halloween and shorter days. This notions floor specialty trim is designed to make folks visible at night or in other low-light situations. It is ideal for both trick-or-treaters and bicyclists. Just wind a bit around your favorite tot or bike enthusiast for extra visibility and safety…. better yet, sew a length of this tape onto their pants, jacket, or Halloween costume.
    reflective tape montage

  • The Embroiderers' Guild of America

    October 19, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    The Embroiderers' Guild of America

    San Francisco Chapters

  • Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, 31st & Clement, SF CA 94121, 3rd Tuesday, 10am, Sep – Jun. No meeting December.
  • St John’s Church of Christ, 501 Laguna Honda Blvd, SF CA 94127, 2nd Monday, 7:30pm Sep – June.
  • The Embroiderers' Guild of America has a diverse membership from beginners to professionals. Their commonality is an appreciation of the art of stitchery and an insatiable desire to learn and share with fellow stitchers. Chapters offer educational programs and resources such as an informative newsletter, embroidery libraries, embroidery workshops, shorter projects and informal gatherings. See their website for further details.
    Emb. guild logo

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