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  • Britex Fabrics In-Store Home Decorating Fabric Sale - June

    June 8, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    During the month of June, the entire in-store home decorating fabrics department is on sale. Take your pick from every fabric in Britex Fabrics’ home decorating department, including soft chenilles, tapestries, luxurious jacquards, and exciting prints. Take 35% off a selection of over 70 home decorating fabrics. And, so that no one leaves unsatisfied, the rest of our home decorating fabrics will be 10% off.

    * Sale excludes Sensuede. In-Store only! This sale ends June 30th, 2011. We are open Monday - Saturday 10 am to 6 pm.


  • Iconed iPad Case - Apfelbluete

    June 6, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    Apfelbluete, BurdaStyle member from Duesseldorf, Germany made this amazing iPod case as a gift for her husband’s birthday! This level of creative and fastidious silliness is fabulous to behold, with each icon a tiny doll-sized wonder.


  • Make a Kindle Case of Wool Felt!

    June 6, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    When I was three, my favorite book was “I Can Fly”; “I can squirm, like a worm” I’d gleefully hiss as I flailed about on the Persian rug. Now I snuggle up with books by Agatha Christie and Paul Monette… lounging rather than flailing. Reading’s charms have not dissipated, even if books have taken a leap into the future. Laura from Brooklyn and the blog TheLittleHouseInTheCity made a pleasingly simple case of wool felt for a Kindle (or any portable electronic reader). We love the colorful contrasting thread and vintage looking pinked edges! Of course, Britex Fabrics is fortunate to carry a plethora of gorgeous heathered and plain wool felt fabric in their San Francisco store! http://thelittlehouseinthecity.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-make-diy-felt-kindle-case.html


  • Make & Mend Contest – Ends June 11

    June 6, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    Shelley at the wonderful sewing blog, NewVintageLady: Vintage Sewing for the Stout Woman is holding a quick and dirty Make & Mend contest whose prize is this original pattern for a 1940s daytime frock. Make it up in a saucy lime polka-dotted cotton, then pack your hamper for a lazy summertime picnic of lemonade, hard-boiled eggs, pimento cheeses sandwiches, and oatmeal cookies, followed by an afternoon slumber under a weeping willow tree.


  • The Fox & the Crow Vintage Lace

    May 27, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    Here is another vintage lace from our online store. I long to wear a pair of chocolate brown lawn pajamas trimmed with this charming lace, and curl up with a cup of heavily sweetened Ceylon tea and Janet Flanner’s “Paris Was Yesterday, 1925-1939”. This charming 1 1/8" wide ivory vintage lace depicts a scene from the Aesop's Fable, "The Fox and the Crow". As Jean de la Fontaine said:
    “Perched on a lofty oak,
    Sir Raven held a lunch of cheese;
    Sir Fox, who smelt it in the breeze,
    Thus to the holder spoke:
    "Ha! how do you do, Sir Raven?
    Well, your coat, sir, is a brave one!.”

    http://www.britexfabrics.com/lace/vintage/ivory-vintage-lace-4.html


  • Make a Monster at Craft Bar - June 2nd 6-8pm

    May 27, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    Join MOCFA on Thursday, June 2nd from 6-8pm and make a plush Cyclops at Craft Bar with author and artist Diana Schoenbrun! Sew your very own Mini-Cyclops softie from her book, Beasties: How to Make 22 Mischievous Monsters That Go Bump in the Night. All ages welcome. $5 admission includes materials, tips, and tricks. $1 Beers provided by Thirsty Bear Brewing Co.


  • Vintage Silk Chantilly Lace from France

    May 23, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    Here is some difficult to find silk vintage Chantilly lace. This is an exquisitely delicate and unusual 12" wide Chantilly lace. Simple flowers and leaves are strewn gracefully across a loose netting background, with one gently scalloped edge. Both edges are adorned with wispy eyelash trim. Once hand-washed in cold water, this lace softens up delectably. This would perfect on the bodice of a romantic vintage-inspired wedding gown!


  • Free Skirt Tutorial from BurdaStyle

    May 23, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    Britex Fabrics is pleased as punch to be able to work with BurdaStyle and their Project of The Week tutorial - a summery two-tier skirt. BurdaStyle made it up with 2 ¼ yards of 45” wide silk; we love the vivid peony pink and chartreuse combination of this silk charmeuse from Britex.


  • Tipsy White Chapeau

    May 23, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    Sigh! We knew that chapeaux are all the rage, but this causes our heart to beat even faster with delight! Here is the marvelously talented artist Yoko Ono at the Costume Institute Gala 2011, to celebrate the opening of the exhibition ‘Savage Beauty’ in honor of recently deceased innovator and designer Alexander McQueen. She is wearing a fantastique tipsy Stephen Jones hat with a whoosh of swooping white millinery netting over one bright and bespectacled eye.


  • Russian Veiling is Online at Britex!

    May 19, 2011 by Britex Fabrics


    We're ecstatic to announce that Britex Fabrics now offers both flocked and classic Russian netting in our online store. This is perfect for making romantic bridal birdcage veils, accessorizing fascinators, or adding a charming vintage touch to historical costumes. Of course, a chapeau adorned with black flocked veiling makes everyone appear like we should be riding the Orient Express to Turkey, or rendezvousing beneath the Eiffel Tower!


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