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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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Top Hat Creation – Circa 1951


The amazing folks at the British media company British Pathe (founded in 1902) present a preview of a video newsreel film on making top hats, circa 1951. The short clip depicts various steps in the hat-making process including laying out cloth until it is taut and the formation of forming a cylindrical shape. We love the depiction of craftsmanship, and the pride each milliner takes in their contribution to the finished top hat.

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Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave


Be sure and mosey on down to the Legion of Honor between now and June 5th for the magnificent exhibition, Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave. This show consists of over 50 pieces, including nine frocks in black and white to highlight the intricate detailing and craftsmanship. “Working in collaboration with leading costume historians and young fashion designers, de Borchgrave crafts a world of splendor from the simplest rag paper. Painting and manipulating the paper, she forms trompe l’oeil masterpieces of elaborate dresses inspired by rich depictions in early European painting or by iconic costumes in museum collections around the world….Pulp Fashion draws on several themes and presents quintessential examples in the history of costume—from Renaissance finery of the Medici family and gowns worn by Elizabeth I and Marie-Antoinette to the creations of the grand couturiers Frederick Worth, Paul Poiret, Christian Dior, and Coco Chanel. Special attention is given to the creations and studio of Mariano Fortuny, the eccentric early-20th-century artist who is both a major source of inspiration to de Borchgrave and a kindred spirit.

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Top-Stitching Hints


We love the extra verve that judicious use of top-stitching adds to garments. A line (or two) of top-stitching can empathize the tailored angles of a jacket collar lapel, add decorative contrast with a coordinating thread color, or spiff up the pockets of a cowboy shirt. Carolyn of TheDiaryofaSewingFanatic gives us instructions and hints on top-stitching, including advice on needle type, the importance of consistent stitching line direction, and the top-secret scotch tape stitching guide method!

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