Tag Archives: Embroidery
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May 8, 2017 by Britex FabricsAmerican artist Cayce Zavaglia creates larger than life, photo realistic portraits from silk, wool and cotton. These hand embroidered works are hyper realistic with more revealed about the artist and the sitters on the back of each work. Zavaglia was originally trained as a painter, but switched to embroidery 12 years ago in an attempt to establish a non-toxic studio and create a body of work that referenced an embroidered piece she had made as a child growing up in Australia. Her work focuses exclusively on the portraits of friends, family, and fellow artists.
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.
February 2, 2017 by Britex FabricsWith Valentine's Day quickly approaching, here are some free and easy to create cross-stitch and embroidery projects from freepatterns.com, dovestitch.com and mytransfers. This vintage Bird Romance embroidery project from mytransfers is suitable for a pillowcase and can be downloaded for free here.
January 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
Our community partner, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD) is a relatively new nonprofit on Union Square whose mission is to promote and share the knowledge and history of hand embroidery. One of SNAD’s activities seeks to include stitchers who aren’t necessarily able to visit the school in person by providing three-time per year Stitch at Home Challenges.
In partnership with Build a Nest, last fall SNAD received a donation of colorful upcycled crystals from Swarovski. (these crystals are available for sale at Britex Fabrics on the third floor of the brick-and-mortar store) Each using a packet of provided crystals, more than 70 needleworkers from 10 countries submitted their take on the theme, Jewels of the Sea, incorporating remarkable creativity. The sparkling exhibition, which includes embellished urchins, dancing jellyfish, tony starfish and an upscale sardine can, will be on display from February 4-March 4, Monday through Saturday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, at San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, 360 Post Street, Suite 604, San Francisco. For more information about the school and class schedules, visit sfsnad.org.
This show is on display February 4-March 4, Monday through Saturday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
San Francisco School of Needlework and Design
360 Post Street, Suite 604, San Francisco, CA
For more information visit SNAD online.
May 12, 2016 by Britex Fabrics
This gorgeous, sheer, multicolored, embroidered tulle is a new favorite here at Britex Fabrics. No one can walk by this fabric without swooning. With a shear black tulle background and colorful embroidered design, this amazing fabric is reminiscent of master paintings - it would make a fabulous evening gown or a glamorous peasant style blouse. This fabric is only available on the first floor of our brick-and-mortar store, and is not available online.
Tulle & Embroidery
52" active width
$175 / yard
1st Floor of Britex Fabrics
Contact us to purchase this fabric by phone or email.
Sadly, this fabric is not available online.
April 15, 2015 by Britex FabricsWe have noticed that during this S/S 2015 collection, many designers have been using gorgeous laces, textures, and colors. Some of our absolute favorites have been the runway shows of Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, and Alberta Ferretti (just to name a few) and one thing we couldn't help noticing: we have that stuff!
December 4, 2013 by Lilacs & LaceOur retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Be sure to check out Part 1, which offers tons of pattern handling tips & tricks, Part 2, an exceptionally thorough bound buttonhole tutorial and Part 3, a reinforced gusset tutorial. — [Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October. I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months.]
May 8, 2010 by Britex Fabrics
The lovely Floresita at FeelingStitchy.com is holding a Rainbow of Stitches Contest!
Prizes! Each category pick will get a sweet prize that could include: embroidery floss, pdf patterns, vintage patterns, fat quarters, blank tea towels or pillowcases…..AND….each of the 9 winners will be featured on Feeling Stitchy with a brief interview.
How To Enter: Want to enter? It's easy! Join the Rainbow of Stitches Contest Group, and add your entries.
The Rules: Entries must be hand-embroidered by you. Can be any size and on anything - handkerchief, pillowcase, clothing, quilt, pillow, atc, etc. Works don't have to be all one color, but they should have one dominant color or theme. Have fun with it!
- May 1 - 31: Feeling Stitchy accepts submissions
- June 5 - 13: 9 category winners featured on Feeling Stitchy
- June 13 - 15: You vote for Grand Prize Winner
- June 16, 2010: Winner announced!
May 6, 2010 by Britex Fabrics
The lovely Floresita, a self-proclaimed dawdler says, “Isn't this tiny cat adorable?! Best of all, this pattern magically captures that tense moment all of us cat lovers experience when kitty, intent on licking its own chest actually seems to get stuck like that.” (Je ne crois que cela peut le célèbre chaton, Francy! - M. De Jour)
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April 13, 2010 by Britex Fabrics
Oh Mister Nutkin times two. Andrea Zuill at Badbirds Designs brings you the Nutkin twins…..which is the evil twin and which is the angelic twin? I have the feeling we will never know unless they stop looking at one another out of the corners of their eyes, turn around and duke it out with their furry little mitts! Or maybe they just want to get together and bake a springtime yellow cake. At any rate, these squirrels would be adorable embroidered on just about anything…..pajamas, a child’s top, an apron, or tea towels. All you need is the ability to form a simple chain stitch, and a smidgen of patience.