The Britex Blog
February 2, 2017 by Britex FabricsWith Valentine's Day quickly approaching, here are some free and easy to create cross-stitch and embroidery projects from freepatterns.com, dovestitch.com and mytransfers. This vintage Bird Romance embroidery project from mytransfers is suitable for a pillowcase and can be downloaded for free here.
January 31, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
Now on display in the Wais and Knowles Galleries of Textile Arts at the de Young Museum, experience On the Grid: Textiles and Minimalism. This exhibit features textiles from around the world, all which share similar aesthetics found in minimalist works. The universal principles of design, such as symmetry, grids, repetition and simple forms are found in the artworks on display.
"Minimalist art is based upon pre-existing systems that conceive of the artwork in advance of its actual execution. These systems, often mathematical, rely on the repetition of simple forms. Textiles by their very nature comply with these core elements, and textile artists, like the Minimal artists, predetermine the finished work through their selection and processing of materials and in the warping or preparing of the loom. On the Grid examines these processes and further explores both the preeminence of weaving in the textile design vocabulary and its influences on the design of painted and dyed pieces that also conform to Minimalism’s repetition of forms and the grid as patterning devices."
This show expresses "beauty in simplicity", through abstraction, precision, geometry, materiality and the process itself.
For more information or to order tickets, please visit the de Young website here.
January 31, 2017 by Jamie Lau DesignsI’m often drawn to fabrics with texture, particularly fashion novelty fabrics. I particularly love working with metallic brocades when I want to achieve a certain luxury feel. You may recall this Linen Palazzo Pant Jumpsuit style from one of my previous posts. It is definitely a customer favorite! I have been exploring new fabrics to offer it in this season and was happy to find this beautiful, luxurious linen novelty fabric. The metallic finish adds visual interest and elevates the material, yet still meets my criteria for functionality since it is a linen. A brocade would be too thick for the look and ease of this silhouette. Plus, I wanted to work with a fabric that was easy to care for.
January 26, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
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 sfsnad.org.
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.
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.
One 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.
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.
January 18, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
Julia on craftsy.com 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!
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.
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.