February 22nd, 2013 / posted by paularath

The perfect buttons for my indigo-dyed pieces.

One of the places I always have to visit when in San Francisco is Britex. It’s one of the nation’s great fabric and notion stores. I absolutely will not allow myself to even look at the fabric because my fabric stash is floor to ceiling and there simply isn’t another inch of room for fabric. However, notions are another thing! But when I read that Britex was having a sale of 30 percent off everything in the store I was thrilled. I have never been in San Francisco during a Britex sale.

My mission on this trip was to find buttons that would complement some of the pieces I plan to make out of the fabric I have hand dyed in indigo. I have silks, cottons and linens and it’s definitely time to make something with these beautiful fabrics. I found the buttons pictured above and was absolutely thrilled. They will be perfect. Don’t they look like someone dyed the buttons with indigo?

While at Britex, I also had a serendipitous meeting with my dear friend Francesca Passalacqua, who lives in both Honolulu and San Francisco, but mostly in SF now. Another wearable artist and  fabric junkie, she was shopping away in the madness of the Britex sale. We had a lovely lunch and caught up on all our news. What a treat to have some time with her! We usually just meet in workshops.

Francesca in line a Britex to add to her stash.



Just one tiny section of one floor at Britex. This floor is all woolens and silks. The silk prints are the most beautiful I have ever seen there. Digital prints are really changing the whole print scene.

The secret to shopping at Britex is to know exactly what you are looking for. If you’re at all distracted or confused, it’s easy to go into overwhelm. The only time I ever went in without a plan, I walked out with nothing.

– Paula Rath



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February 24th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I also LOVE this store in SFO. My mom was a seamstress so we would go there every time we were in the city. It was the place to go for hard to find items.
I just got back from my annual trip to Tucson and saw buttons made of turquoise, my favorite gemstone. Lovely!

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