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  • Yarn, Knitting Books, and Hand-Knit Scarves Sale

    October 22, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    Britex is having a sale on knitting books, yarn and hand-knit scarves. All knitting books are 20% off, all hand-knit items are 20%, off, and all yarn is 30% off. Yarns include mohair/silk, sparkly, nylon, hand-painted, cotton, and more. There is limited availability, so come quickly for the best selection. (knitting needles are not on sale)


  • Mitered Cornered Napkins - Melody

    October 21, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    Melody from Britex’s second floor made these finely festive autumn napkins for a friend. We love the attention that she took to turning the napkins mitered corners and the lush fall cotton fabric. Although we have sold out of this particular pumpkin-strewn style, similar fabrics are available in our second floor cotton department.


  • How to Sew a Morticia Adams Dress

    October 21, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


  • How to Choose the Correct Sewing Machine Needle

    October 21, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    Manda from Tree Fall talked with the folks at Sew, Mama, Sew about choosing the correct sewing machine needle for your project. Ball point needles for knits, sharp points and universal points are discussed at length, along with the standard sizes and how to match your needle size to your project’s fabric. She also points out the invaluable and difficult lesson that one should always replace a dull or damaged needle straight away, as they can be responsible for skipped stitches and damaged fabric. Yikes!


  • Spats Contest Winner - Autumn and Daniel

    October 21, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    At long last, we can announce our international spats contest winner. These exceedingly fabulous and butchly spats (or 'spaterdashes), were a collaborative effort between Autumn of Dark Garden: Unique Corsetry and Couture Clothing and her beau, Daniel. We are particularly enamored with the combination of back lacing and buckles. They have made another pair in gray wool and deep red patent leather, which M. Du Jour has complete drooling zombie lust for! Now, on to making rubber spats with chrome snaps…….


  • Knit Mini-Candy Corn & Cook Candy Corn!

    October 20, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    Candy corn lovers unite! Mochimochi Land brings you miniature humanoid knit candy corn….sprinkle them around in a Halloween tableau, make them into jewelry, or decorate a favorite sweater or pair of socks. And Don brings us a recipe to cook your own kitchen-fresh candy corn.


  • All Hallows Eve or Dia dos Mortos Clips

    October 20, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    Kari and Jessica from Britex Fabrics created these spooky soft sculpture skulls and pumpkin heads for All Hallows Eve or Dia dos Mortos clips. They can be worn jauntily as a tiny hat or hair clip, or as a debonair boutonnière. The hat veiling adds a stylish and mysterious touch. These are available on the 3rd floor of Britex Fabrics. Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics, or stop by the store if you want to buy one of these fabulous adornments!


  • Free Wee Cross-Stitch Patterns from France

    October 16, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    Owl-lover, Catherine, from Boutique.Chouettalors has a lovely handful of les grilles gratuities on her website, including simple, easy-to-make cross-stitched silhouettes of owls, squirrels, mushrooms and reindeer. These would be tender and sweet embroidered upon coasters, potholders, cards or bed linens. I’d like to drink English Breakfast tea while snuggled in a set of cream cotton sateen sheets with nut red squirrels standing in an obedient line upon my pillowcase’s edging. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics' 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.


  • Make Wool Felt Potholders

    October 15, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    We are wild for these quick and easy to make wool potholders. They would make a lovely and practical gift for anyone with a kitchen….and might even entice the recipient to back a creamy and rich chocolate ganache tart to share with you on a dank and rainy night! Wool felt can be found in squares on Britex’s 3rd floor, and by the yard on Britex’s 4th floor. If you wish to buy wool felt by mail, contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.


  • Textiles & Brains…oh, my!

    October 15, 2010 by Britex Fabrics


    Marjorie Taylor and Dr. Karen Norberg are textile artists, writers and academics that make amazingly beautiful textile art, including art that features that magnificent organ, the brain. Inspired by scientific research, their stunning work is automatically correct, and includes techniques such as rug hooking, quilting, appliqué, embroidery, beadwork, knitting, and crocheting. Materials include fabric, yarn, metallic threads, electronic components such as magnetic core memory, and wire, zippers, and beads. I am practically enamored with Ms. Taylor’s piece, "Velvet Cortex" (2006). The soft folds of the midnight blue velvet holds incredible and mysterious depths. Their work is featured in The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art.


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