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We Love Our Customers

Norrie A. Thomas, author of “The Needlepointer, The Philosophy of Stitching Life” stopped by yesterday not only to shop, but also to show us the lovely bright orange and purple silk blend brocade that she purchased at Britex, that is featured on the back cover of her book. There are many other fabrics from Britex featured in her book as well. This gorgeous brocade is available in Britex on the first floor and is $89.99 per yard. We also have others available on our website.

Norrie makes four trips to San Francisco each year, specifically to shop at Britex, and to visit her daughter who lives here in San Francisco. She creates needlepoint and often backs them with brightly colored fabrics from Britex. Norrie describes her book as a dedication to her family, and a preservation of her craft. She has been doing needlepoint for 25 years, and says that it began when she retired from her Entrepreneurial Pharmacy career, to create a way to depict how much color mattered to her. To find out more information about her upcoming book release, or for tips needlepoint, please visit her website.

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We Love Our Customers

On Friday, we had a visit from one of our customers who was wearing a dress she had made from one of our brightly colored cotton fabrics.
Emma has been sewing all of her own clothes since she was 15 (she is now 18). She taught herself to make dresses by obsessively re-reading vintage 1950s sewing books that she found at thrift stores. Her taste for her own dresses is very specific, she tends to heavily favor vintage-esque silhouettes in bright colors with geometric designs, and she loves African wax-print cottons. The only sewing/clothes design that she has done for someone other than herself, is when she costumed a science fiction play at the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Emma has countless illustrations that she has made of her own outfits and designs for her theater costume work.

For her day job, Emma is a cartoonist. When she isn’t creating fabulous clothing, she has an online comic, she has drawn strips for Dark Horse publishing, and has taught cartooning classes for kids at 826 Valencia, a writing center in the Mission, in San Francisco. To see more of Emma’s work please visit her website.

For more about our cotton fabrics, please visit the cotton section of our website, or the second floor of our store at 146 Geary Street in San Francisco.

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The Annual Britex Remnant Sale Returns!

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Britex is excited to announce that our annual Remnant Sale will be happening in our store on May 8th & 9th. This sale will be a brick and mortar event, located at our Geary Street location in San Francsisco, on our fourth floor where all remnants will be 50% off. We’ve got piles of gorgeous fabrics just waiting to get taken home. Make sure to mark your calendar now and arrive when we open — that line starts early! And, since it’s Mother’s Day weekend, you could even bring your mum for a celebratory day-out. We hope to see you then!

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Black Friday In-Store Sale Sampler

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From feather-light sheers to blanket weight woolens, get your fill this Friday during out best ever Black Friday Sale. If you’ve ever been to our regular store-wide sales, it’s good to keep in mind that this sale will be just like those. Fabrics, notions and remnants will be 30% off their regular prices (as usual, a few exceptions apply). Here is taste of what will be on sale this Black Friday.

Visit our In-Store Fabrics Pinterest board for the complete sampler. Click here to read more »

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8 Tons of Fabric!

Yes Virginia, that is a 53 foot semi truck full of 18,000 pounds (8 tons) of fabric parked in front of Britex Fabrics! Luckily, we managed to get it unloaded between bursts of San Francisco winter rain. To get an idea of how large this truck is, there is a bus stop and bus immediately before the truck’s cab; the truck ‘o textiles lords over the MUNI bus! We’ll keep you updated as we unpack the goodies this week and next week. Gratuitous pictures of fabric to follow…

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Sea Shell Home Dec Linen

This home decorating linen is scattered with beautifully rendered giant naturalist-style drawings of shells. The mollusk drawings are reminiscent of the work of Fielding Meek (1817-1876), American geologist, paleontologist, fine illustrator, and the first scientist in residence at the Smithsonian. It would be stunning as a shower curtain in a coral bathroom. Image lolling in a claw foot tub and exfoliating with a lavender salt scrub, while admiring this beautiful fabric.
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