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  • Free Cross-Stitch Patterns (Put A Bird On It)

    March 15, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Here are two cross-stitch patterns for an easy creative spring project. Click an image to download the pattern. pdc-oiseaux-e1361120725447

  • Metallic Ikat Striped Geometry Dress + Fashion Inspiration

    March 14, 2017 by Jamie Lau Designs

    jld_cotton_03142017_main I love working with stripes just as much as I love textured ikat fabric. When I saw this striped Italian ikat blend with copper accents, I knew it would make for a great party dress. The metallic threads add a luxury feel and I thought it would be fun to play with the direction of the stripes. You may recall a similar silhouette from one of my previous posts, which goes in depth about the patternmaking steps for creating the bodice design. Much of the inspiration for my designs comes from my environment and looking beyond literal fashion references. Here are some artworks I was drawn to, mainly because of the intersection of stripes.

  • Easy-To-Sew Pajama Pants (Ruth - Living Well Spending Less)

    March 14, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    w704 With the recent time change, you may feel like staying in bed and sleeping in more often. And let's face it, if you are in New York or anywhere near the New England, the weather is probably keeping you indoors. Here is an easy and fun way to create pajama pants, while you are stuck indoors to pass the time. This tutorial by Ruth from Living Well Spending Less shows the step by step process for creating pajama pants for you or a child.

  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Rayon, Lace & Polyester Fabrics! 3/7 - 3/20

    March 9, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Greet Spring With Ravishing Rayon, Lace & Polyester!
    20% Off All Online Rayon, Lace & Polyester Fabrics!

    All polyester, rayon, and lace online category fabrics are on sale, including Italian designer polyester, polyester charmeuse, exquisite viscose lace knits, gorgeous polyester lycra blends, and more. Quantities are limited. This sale good for online lace, rayon, & polyester fabric category purchases* only 3/7 - 3/20. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

  • Find a Piece of Outlander at Britex Fabrics (

    March 8, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    bridge Have you ever found yourself exploring a new city and then become awestruck by an unexpected finding?  That is what happened to me on my most recent trip to San Francisco, California.  This trip was meant to be a getaway to a big city, introducing my children to all the joys of San Francisco.  I relished the opportunity to share my favorite activities and expose them to new experiences.   From cable car rides to appreciating architecture and art – we found ourselves making memories that would last a lifetime!  However, it was our interest in exploring a quaint street in the heart of Union Square that led me to one of my most memorable experiences.  I found myself facing the back entrance to the world-renowned Britex Fabrics!

  • Rosie and International Women's Day!

    March 8, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    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 for your own Rosie fabric!



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

    March 6, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    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


    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


    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


    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.

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