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Octopus Armchair – Conner


It is ocean madness week! Conner sent us a photograph of an armchair that he reupholstered in Britex Fabric home decorating cotton. We love the eight-armed octopus in the center of the back. To make this even more amazing, this is Conner’s first reupholstering project. This spectacular fabric is found on our 2nd floor.
“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
We would be warm below the storm
In our little hideaway beneath the waves
Resting our head on the sea bed
In an octopus’ garden near a cave”

(By R. Starr)

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Vintage Knit Sailor Outfit Pattern for 16″ Dolls


Morag at the lovely New Zealand blog, VintagePurls posted this charming free PDF pattern for a 16” doll’s sailor outfit from Stitchcraft magazine No. 94, circa 1940s. This outfit will fit any 16” doll including vintage Terri Lee, Shirley Temple and Saucy Walker. Stitchcraft says, “Our saucy sailor has a choice of skirt or trousers.” Now if I could just find a pattern for a knit middy blouse for myself!

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“Symphony of Color” 2011 Quilt Show & Sale – Feb. 26/27


San Francisco Quilters’ Guild presents the “Symphony of Color” 2011 Quilt Show & Sale this Saturday February 26th (10 m to 5 pm) and Sunday the 27th (10 am to 4 pm)! Featuring work by quilting artists Janet Mednick and Marcia Stein, along with show quilts, wearable art, sale quilts, merchant mall, children’s activities, special exhibits, and demonstrations. This fabulous event is held at The Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 – 8th St. at Brannan St. in San Francisco, CA. Admission is $10 for both days, with children under the age of 12 admitted free.

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Granny’s Delight Mini Quilt


This quilted wall-hanging takes two cotton prints, one doily and a smidgen of old-fashioned memories. If I was going to sew one up, I would reminisce about my great-grandmother, including a tiny floral purple print and a tiny floral grey print, the embroidered outline of a birdcage with two budgies and the embroidered outline of an old-fashioned cast iron skillet. This sweet vintage-looking pattern is brought to us courtesy of Etsy’s How-Tuesday, and Whip Up Mini Quilts by Kathreen Ricketson!

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BRITEX FABRICS 30% OFF SPRING SALE – FEB. 21 & 22


30% off* Fabrics
30% off Notions
30% off all Remnants
Mon., Feb. 21st (10-7)
Tues., Feb. 22nd (10-6)
*Sale limited to stock on floor.
*Imported laces, velvets and specialty items not included.
*No special orders, mail or phone orders

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Make a No-Sew Zebra-Skin Felt Rug


Here is a PDF pattern and directions to make a pop art inspired felt zebra-skin rug. This will make any adobe even more groovylicious! It is perfect to snuggle indoors for a long evening of buttered popcorn and Gin Rummy. It’s so simple you can adjust the technique to make a rug in just about any size or style, including a welcome mat, and there is no reason that you couldn’t make in it high-grade wool felt in grey and cream for a more subtle effect! Britex Fabrics carries wool felt and acrylic felt on our 4th floor. (courtesy of Etsy’s How-Tuesday and Dorm Decor by Theresa Gonzalez and Nicole Smith)

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Bespoke Shirt


Peggy’s husband has a hankering for brightly colored shirts, and she enjoys amusing him with new duds. We adore the juxtaposition of colors and patterns with this bespoke shirt! The striped sleeve fabric is from Britex Fabrics 2nd floor shirting department, and the varied-colored buttons are from Britex’s 3rd floor notions department. Notice how the shirt front fabric is also picked up in the sleeve cuffs….and the collar is the same stripe as the sleeve; it is detailing like this that make this shirt fabulously unique!

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Britexfabrics.com is changing!


Britexfabrics.com is changing! Look for the April 2011 opening of our expanded on-line store featuring selected notions, buttons, lace trim, ribbons, notions, and fabrics: buttons blazer glass horn metal novelty plastic rhinestone shell taqua nut vintage wood ribbon brocade ecclesiastical grosgrain hand-dyed silk hand-dyed poly satin ruffles sheer silk velvet lace trims alençon beaded chantilly crochet eyelet heirloom stretch venise decorative & lingerie elastic flat ruffled thread japanese silk thread woolen fabrics boiled coating gabardine novelty plaid suiting tweed silk fabrics charmeuse chiffon crepe de chine necktie jacquard rainwear fabrics and more coming soon……

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Free Pattern – The Coffee Date Dress


This vintage-inspired dress is perfect for a coffee date! It is a sophisticated frock, with a slight scoop neckline, a-line skirt, and ruffle detail at the bodice front. Talented Elaine, the Selfish Seamstress, designed and drafted this pattern as a free download, and I love what sweetiepiebakery on BurdaStyle did with the ruffled bib (click for PDF)! Done up in red velvet, it throatily whispers, “Be Mine!”

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Woven Felt Heart Basket for Valentine’s Day

Jennifer from CraftSanity made this variation of Norwegian woven paper heart baskets out of durable, non-fraying felt, and then graciously posted a video tutorial demonstrating this lovely handicraft. A woven heart-red and sky-blue felt basket filled with wax-paper wrapped salted caramels and chocolate caramels would be a perfect Valentine gift for any sweetie!

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