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Double-Tiered Wedding Veil & Pearled Silk

Laura is wearing an enchanting handmade double-tiered wedding veil. The veiling is made of silk tulle, and it is adorned with silk ribbon and vintage silk lace edging. The edging lace has a pyramid motif that is reminiscent of the Art Deco era, and is lightly embellished with glass seed beads. One veil is 21” long, and the other one is 24” long ($345).

We have paired it with a stunning, understated silk from our 1st floor. This gleaming ballet pink silk is scattered with luminous white pearls. It is $49.99/yard and 45” wide.

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Metal & Chiffon Fabric

Britex Fabrics has a 2 5/8 yard piece of this amazing silver metal-embellished black chiffon! This beaded fabric was used by the designer Katie Simone as a simple mini-skirt in her 2009 collection, and featured in InStyle magazine. We love the delicious contrast of the heavy cold metal, to the airy and soft chiffon. It is $350 for the piece, 4.25″ wide (metal to metal), and 2 7/8 yards in length.

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Ribbon Rosette

1. 2 yards glowingly hand-dyed silk ribbon
2. Needle and thread
3. Bobby pin, safety pin or hair band

1. Gather the silk ribbon with a running stitch along the edge of the length.
2. Overlap the edges, making sure the raw edges are brought to the back of the circle
3. Hold the overlapped ribbon and tighten the gathers by pulling on the thread.
4. Style the “petals”, and secure with a few stitches.
5. Tack to your bobby pin, safety pin, or hair band. You now have a blooming sweet posy!

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Fabric-Covered Headboard – Estee and Judd

Estee and Judd spent a weekend a few weeks ago constructing a fabric-covered headboard from Britex home decorating fabric. We love the creative ingenuity they displayed when arranging the sea creature montage. Estee and Judd were fabulous enough to document this project from start to finish, so look for more on the headboard project later this week!

Posted: Fabrics, Hand-Made with Britex Materials, Partaking Patrons: Made by You
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Costume Links from the GBACG

We are stunned by the Greater Bay Area Costume Enthusiasts links page! They have provided links to everything from Victorian hair work, to inspirational personal blogs featuring amazing sewn costumes, to Steam Punk. And we love their motto: Suo ergo maledico or “I sew, therefore, I swear.”

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Easy to Make Drawstring Bag – BurdaStyle

This handy-dandy bag is the other project that we presented at Maker Faire. This super-cute drawstring bag from BurdaStyle is a practical travel accessory. Make it as large or tiny as you need it. Supersized, it makes a stupendous laundry bag, and small, it makes a swingin’ bag to carry your drawing pastels. This project is great for everyone, from beginners, to experienced sewers!

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Britex Silk – Karen’s Wedding Gown

Here are Karen and Alex getting married on gorgeous Muir Beach. Karen’s graceful wedding gown in vibrant fall shades is made from silk from the first floor. Her veiling is made of matching red Russian veiling from our 3rd floor bridal department.

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OVER – 40% Off – Home Decorating Fabric Sale!

Selected home decorating fabrics on the 2nd floor are now 40% off the regular price of $16.99/yard to $59.99/yard! Choose from an amazing variety of colors, styles and weights. There is a one yard minimum. Sale has ended.

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Britex Fabrics Will be Closed Monday

Britex Fabrics will be closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 31st.

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Ecclesiastical Trim at Britex Online

Britex Fabrics’ online notions store is pleased to be able to offer you these stunning brocade ecclesiastical trims. Many of these beautiful ribbons are heavily accented with metallic gold embroidery, and several are imported from France. These ribbons add a unique touch to Renaissance, Medieval, and other fantasy garments. Of course, they are ideally suited for Christian church vestments and other liturgical uses.

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