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  • 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


  • The Mad Hatter by ThreadBanger

    October 13, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    From the folks at ThreadBanger comes (drum roll!)......The Mad Hatter costume tutorial! Throw a wee tea party, with unanswerable riddles and nonsensical poetry!
    "Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
    How I wonder what you're at!
    Up above the world ...you fly,
    Like a teatray in the sky.
    Twinkle, twinkle little bat!
    How I wonder what you're at!"
    mad hatter


  • Mr. Button du Jour goes shopping

    October 10, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Mr. Button du Jour will be taking Monday and Tuesday off go to Britex Fabrics' 30% off sale to pick up some Glen Plaid wool for a new jacket, and metal buttons for cuff links. Du Jour is particularly taken with the spidery button below! See everyone on Wednesday. À bientôt!
    fall_sale_09_cropped for web


  • Pacific International Quilt Festival XVIII

    October 9, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    October 15 - 18, 2009
    Pacific International Quilt Festival XVIII
    Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California
    A spectacular collection of over 800 quilts and works of wearable and textile art including a 300 booth Merchants Mall offering everything for the quilter, artist and home sewer.
    Featuring:

  • World Quilt Competition: On Tour - Summer 2009
  • New Quilts of Northern California
  • Some of My Favorite Art Quilts - Presented by Priscilla Bianchi, Guatemala
  • Kawaii - Presented by Yoshiko Katagiri, Japan
  • Nine Patch Media Quilts - Presented by Sharon Pederson, Canada
  • Viva Venezia! - Presented by Christine Porter, England
  • ARTifact - Presented by AQuA, the Art Quilt Association
  • Liz Berg - One Woman Show
  • Does Size Matter? A Textile Conversation - Central Coast Textile Artists
  • The Garden Quilts
  • Linda Hibbert: One Woman Show
  • Metamorphosis presented by The Signature Art Quilters
  • Noble Seasons - Spring 2009: Springing Forward
  • Orchids, Orchids, Orchids - Professional Art Quilters Alliance
  • Piecing with Pixels - Sandy Hart and Gudny Campbell
  • Quilters Treasure Challenge 2009
  • Unfettered Letters - Quilts on the Wall: Fiber Artists
  • Vintage Revisited: Curated by Mary Kerr.

  • Flapper Headband Tutorial

    October 6, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Sew up this flapper's headband for your next party! Shimmy into a frock, pull up your silk stockings, get all dolled up, hussy on down to the Fairmont Hotel, and Bunny Hug the night away to the "Memphis Blues ".

  • 1920's Shirt with Kimono Sleeves

    October 6, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Laura made this top in an Italian wool challis panel print. Note the subtly belled ¾ length sleeves with pointed edges. There is a kind of Bloomsbury Group feel to this shirt, maybe due to the soft colors and interesting pattern mixture. Laura used Decades of Style pattern #1902, a 1920 Tunic with a Kimono Sleeve.
    Laura wool challis top and pattern


  • Renegade Craft Holiday Sale

    October 5, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    REMINDER: Applications are open for the 1st ever Renegade Craft Holiday Sale in SAN FRANCISCO! The event will take place December 19 + 20 from 11am – 7pm at the Fort Mason Center Herbst Pavilion. If you’re interested in applying to be a vendor, applications will be available from August 21 – October 9.
    city_sf


  • Open Source Embroidery Exhibit

    October 5, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Open Source Embroidery Show, Oct. 2 — Jan. 24, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, SF, CA, The Open Source Embroidery exhibition presents artworks that use embroidery, thread, and code as a tool for participatory production and distribution. Open Source Embroidery includes workshops and exhibitions that investigate how the open source software development model has been incorporated into the language of cultural participation. This major exhibition brings together individual and collectively made artworks by artists, makers, computer programmers and html users that explore the relationship between craft and code through social and digital networks. The works experiment with interdisciplinary approaches to modifying patterns, the DIY culture of hacking and sampling in sound, GPS and mobile technologies.
    art_motherboard


  • Japanese Quilting Cotton

    October 5, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    We recently had an inquiry about our Japanese quilting cottons. Here is a stack of our selection of Japanese quilting cottons. Remember, these fabrics will be on sale during out stupendous fall 30% off sale on Monday, October 12th, and Tuesday October 13th. Enjoy!
    Japanse cotton number two


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