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  • Octopuses, Mermaids, Kelp, Oh My! - San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD)

    January 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Our community partner, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD) is a relatively new nonprofit on Union Square whose mission is to promote and share the knowledge and history of hand embroidery. One of SNAD’s activities seeks to include stitchers who aren’t necessarily able to visit the school in person by providing three-time per year Stitch at Home Challenges.


    In partnership with Build a Nest, last fall SNAD received a donation of colorful upcycled crystals from Swarovski. (these crystals are available for sale at Britex Fabrics on the third floor of the brick-and-mortar store) Each using a packet of provided crystals, more than 70 needleworkers from 10 countries submitted their take on the theme, Jewels of the Sea, incorporating remarkable creativity. The sparkling exhibition, which includes embellished urchins, dancing jellyfish, tony starfish and an upscale sardine can, will be on display from February 4-March 4, Monday through Saturday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, at San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, 360 Post Street, Suite 604, San Francisco.  For more information about the school and class schedules, visit


    This show is on display February 4-March 4, Monday through Saturday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
    San Francisco School of Needlework and Design
    360 Post Street, Suite 604, San Francisco, CA
    For more information visit SNAD online.


  • Textile Arts At the de Young - Sumatran Ship Cloth

    January 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    The textile arts collection at the de Young contains over 13,000 textiles and costumes from all over the world. The collection contains loom-woven textiles, and non-woven fabrics from bark cloth, felt, knitting and object embellishments, including beading and embroidery. Some of the highlights include Turkmen carpets, rare 12th 0 15th century Asian and North Indian silks, European tapestries, and contemporary Bay Area fiber art. The de Young has been known for its 20th-century couture exhibits from the post-World War II era. Some of the memorable pieces on display are by Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Madame Grés, Yves Saint Laurent and Coco Chanel.

    2010-18_webOne of the interesting exhibits on display now until February 12th, 2017, experience The Sumatran Ship Cloth exhibit in Gallery 31 at the de Young. This exhibit represents the three ceremonial textiles from the Lampung region of south Sumatra, a region of Indonesia where ship imagery is a major theme in woven arts.

    "For many Indonesians, the sea represents their lifeblood, and ship imagery reflects social structures, rituals, and cosmological beliefs. These textiles from the Museums’ permanent collection, dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, are being shown for the first time."

    For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the de Young website here.


  • Online Fabric Sale - Wrap Yourself In Wondrous Woolens!

    January 18, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Wool fabric from Britex Fabrics is perfect for every season. Summer-weight wools make elegant pleated slacks, wind-resistant boiled wools are perfect for snow-angel expeditions, tricotine is retro-glamorous for a 1950's gored skirt, and everyone craves a snappy bespoke double-breasted pin-striped jacket for year-round urban flair. Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale is good for online wool fabric category purchases* only 1/24 - 2/6. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

  • Warm & Cozy: Julia's Tips For Sewing With Wool

    January 18, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Julia on explains the benefits and delights of sewing with wool, as well as specialized sewing and care tips. Since wool retains heat and keeps heat out, it is an excellent fabric to use to keep cool in summer and warm in winter. Wool is absorbent and can absorb up to 1/3 of its weight in moisture. It's hypoallergenic, as well as wrinkle resistant, and when cared for properly it should last a very long time. We love the garments she uses to illustrate her suggestions...everything from elegant sheath dresses to cozy plaid jackets. For tips and treats, please visit Julia's blog post, Warm & Cozy: Essential Tips for Sewing with Wool!


  • Online Fabric Sale - Decorate Your Daydreams With Linen!

    January 12, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Online sale: 20% off all online Linen Category fabrics 1/10 - 1/23. We adore linen for its beautiful natural texture, breathability, and classic good looks. Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen is one of the oldest known textiles. Britex is pleased to offer you a unique collection of linen fabric, hightlighted by our amazing Irish linen. Equally wonderful for home decorating use and garments, we love linen fabric for elegant duvet covers, comfy lounge pillows, tailored curtains, louche summer suits, chic dresses, and delicately pleated skirts. Our online linen sale starts on January 10th and ends on January 23rd. This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch Service purchases.  *Some exceptions apply. Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale is good for online linen fabric category purchases* only 1/10 - 1/23. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


  • Britex Fabrics Congratulates the San Francisco Ballet on 84 Years

    January 12, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Britex Fabrics is proud to congratulate the San Francisco Ballet on 84 years of world class performance! This lovely costume is currently in our Maiden Lane window--and if you take a stroll around Union Square, you can appreciate many other gorgeous tutus, tunics and character costumes displayed in windows from Neiman Marcus to La Perla. This season, SF Ballet will be presenting Swan Lake, Cinderella, and the North American premiere of Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein, along with a packed repertory from some of the best choreographers in the world.

  • It's Aprons and Brownies Time!

    January 10, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Everyone has been buying apron patterns! Is it the cold weather that makes folks want to stay in, sew aprons, and bake brownies? We have the perfect fabric for a spiffy new apron. 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 salted mocha brownies for your pals at work! This apron pattern is the 1940s Val from the Kitchen  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!

  • Simple Card holder Wallet Tutorial

    January 9, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    This is a simple DIY card holder tutorial by Lucy in Manchester, UK. Lucy teaches sewing and quilting classes and blogs under Charm About You. You can fit at least 3 or 4 cards in each pocket. You can use thread that is the same color as your fabric or leather, or you can use a contrasting color to make the stitching pop. This project only requires 3 cuts! You will need 1 piece of felt, (available on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store) medium weight fabric or leather (available on the fourth floor of our brick-and-mortar store) that is 8" x 3" and 2 pieces that are 3" x 3 1/4". You have the option of creating a hole on each side to make it easier to slip your cards in and out or taking the easier route and not creating holes. For the complete project, please visit Lucy's tutorial here.

  • DIY 10 Minute Cozy Cowl Scarf (BlogLovin)

    January 6, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Along the lines of our recent reversible infinity scarf tutorial by our guest blogger NicoleAtHome, we bring you this cowl scarf by Melanie from The Littlest Studio. Melanie's blog was rated one of the top blogs by AllFreeSewing and CraftGossip. This project is easy to make, can be completed in about 10 minutes, and is the perfect quick winter project. She suggests that you use plaid fabric and minky fleece, (available on the fourth floor at Britex Fabrics) or any warm fuzzy fabric, but you can really use any kind of fabric. Just be sure to remember to use stretch stitches instead of straight stitches if you choose a fabric that stretches. You will need 1/4 yard of fabric that is at least 32" wide for the outer layer, 1/4 yard of fabric that is at least 32" wide for the inner layer and thread.
    For Melanie's complete tutorial, please visit it here.

  • Make It With Wool Ohio First Place and 2nd Runner-up National Winner

    January 6, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Hello!  Just wanted to share the results of Meighan's Make It With Wool entry for Ohio.  She won 1st in the adult division for the state of Ohio and ended up 2nd runner-up nationally in the adult division.  Being the youngest entrant in that division I think she held her own pretty well... but, hey, I am her mom so I might be a tad bit biased lol!  The beautiful blue crepe in the dress is from our favorite store, BRITEX!!!:-)  Thanks again for always being so willing to help out..especially at crunch time!. I hope that you enjoy the photo!

    Melinda Stevens
    Ohio Make It With Wool Direrctor

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