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  • Rosie and International Women's Day!

    March 8, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Britex Fabrics had a customer come into the store this week buying polka dotted cotton fabric to make scarves for her and her friends to wear in homage to Rosie the riveter. They're wearing them today, International Women's Day. Rosie's real name is Naomi Parker-Fraley and she's still kicking “The women of this country these days need some icons,” she says. “If they think I’m one, I’m happy about that.

    Rosie the riveter red polka dotted fabric is available on our second floor.  It is 44" wide and $9.99 per yard. Come into the store, all us at 415-392-2910, or email us at service@britexfabrics.com for your own Rosie fabric!

     

     


  • Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions at the de Young

    March 6, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions is a show that features embroidered costumes and accessories from around the world, and the garment and textiles featured will have distinct characteristics from the time period and region where they were created. Embroidery, which is the stitching of patterns in cloth with a needle and thread has been a technique used to embellish costumes and textiles for centuries. Embroidery may be used purely as a decorative embellishment, but may also be used to construct a garment as well. The threads, patterns, and/or colors may indicate who created the garment.

    "Embroidery stitches, of which there are many different kinds, derive from three basic types: flat, knotted, and linked and looped. Flat stitches, such as running and satin stitches, are individual stitches that lie atop a fabric’s surface and are made without crossing or looping the thread. Knotted stitches, where the thread is knotted upon itself, are used to create raised patterns and textures. Linked and looped stitches, such as chain, are formed by securing a stitch with the following one and are used to create bands of embroidery."

    For more information or to order tickets for Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions, please visit the de Young website here.

     


  • How to Insert an Invisible Zipper

    March 3, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Have you dusted off your sewing machine yet to get ready to start sewing for spring and summer? The lovely folks at Colette Patterns made this superb tutorial on inserting invisible zippers -- a skill that only improves with practice. Britex Fabrics carries the a selection of YKK invisible zippers on the 3rd floor.

     

     


  • Free Octopus Cross-Stitch Pattern from Aime Ceci

    March 3, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Cross-stitch this underwater creature for a set of velvet-backed throw pillows! I'd love to see the octopus in violet and the chevron background in rainbow colors. Aida cloth is available on the 4th floor, embroidery floss on the 3rd floor, and velvet on the 2nd floor.  Free pattern by the talented Aime Ceci.

    I'd like to be under the sea
    In an octopus' garden in the shade
    He'd let us in, knows where we've been
    In his octopus' garden in the shade.
    (Richard Starkey)


  • Transportive Textiles: Fiber Art From Around the World

    March 1, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    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 Advisory

    Title: Transportive Textiles
    Dates: Mar 3rd - Mar 25th
    Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Where: 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
    Oakland, California

    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.


  • Stretch Lace Tee Tutorial by Guest Blogger Nicole (NicoleAtHome)

    February 27, 2017 by Nicole at Home

    img_5747 Did you ever consider that stretch lace could be used to sew up a simple tee shirt?  It just takes the right pattern and a few small sewing modifications!  Here, I've used this lovely stretch lace in "Naughty Navy".

  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Knit Category Fabrics Now - 3/6!

    February 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Knit Category Fabrics Now - 3/6
    Knits, a Travel Friendly Fabric! 

    We love sewing with knit fabrics. Our knit fabrics are great for making zipper-enhanced hoodies, upscale t-shirts, comfy yoga pants, warm weather scarves, or chic Diane von Furstenberg wrap style dresses. Knits are especially great for travel since they are wrinkle resistant! All online knit category fabrics are on sale, including cotton, polyester, rayon, wool and scuba knits. 2/21 - 3/6.

    This sale good for online knit fabric category purchases* only 2/21 - 3/6. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

     


  • Sewing Classes & Workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area

    February 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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  • Magical Horsehair Braid

    February 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Horsehair braid is one of the most recent notions added to our website. Horsehair braids come from a far away magical land where unicorns roam free. Well, not really, but it is a magical notion that can be used in the art of millinery or hemlines for dress making. Horsehair braid acts as both a facing and  hem stabilizer. It is most often used to add structure to the hemline of a skirt or dress. Think of a sculpted skirt or a full length ballgown. It helps to weigh down the skirt and add a swingy fullness.

    Whether you want to create a curved hem like a circle at the bottom of a skirt or a sturdy hat form, horsehair braid is an exceptional tool for both. Although we only have black and white available in our online store, we carry a variety of colors and widths on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store.

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  • Simple Knit Ruffle Scarf Tutorial (Pinafores & Pinwheels)

    February 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    purple-knit-scarf This knit ruffle scarf tutorial by Stephanie from Pinafores & Pinwheels is a low-cost, 6 step, easy way to create a scarf, and can be completed in 15 - 20 minutes.

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