OSF Sale Sunday Dec 2 10am-1pm

Hi Everyone, This is it! Our LAST SALE EVENT of the year! Come on down and get that last minute shopping done before Christmas. Sunday, December 2, 10am-1pm

“Yarn Barn” Yarn
Knitters will remember the little shop in Edgemont Village called the Yarn Bar—well, it closed a while back and the stock was donated to OSF—so, all you knitters, weavers and crochet folks out there, we have buckets of wool, cotton and acrylic yarn to keep your needles clicking well into 2019!

Quilting Cottons
A lovely donation this week of quilting cottons—just in time for stocking stuffers and hand-made gifts. Why not make some eco-friendly gifts this year like wine bottle bags, food saver wax wraps, utensil holders, zipper bags and totes—someone will love them :)

“Stuffie” Stuffing
More poly stuffing has arrived—just in time for all those stuffie creature projects for the little people in your life. And stuffies make great donations for the North Shore Neighbourhood House, the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, the Christmas Bureau, the BC Children’s Hospital and the Empty Stocking Fund (you can find lots more giving options on the web).

Muslin
Our wonderful volunteers managed to package up the rest of the muslin and we’ll have it ready for you on Sunday. Some packages have square pieces and other larger bags will have strips and pieces—great for art projects like sculptural draping, weaving and rope making!

Other Goodies and Essentials
Still have some vinyl left, natural knits, that amazing lycra that can transform into anything, and Christmas prints. Planning on doing some re-decorating over the holiday break? Check out our home décor section with sheers, drapery and light weight upholstery fabrics—make some new cushions, doggie beds or freshening up the spare bedroom for holiday visitors.

– Buttons galore and zippers in all shapes and sizes (zippers 10 for $1)
– Patterns regular uncut patterns $1 and vogue patterns $2 each
– Cone thread $2
– Lots of cotton, wool and acrylic YARN

New donations are arriving every week so come and see!
If you don’t find what you are looking for on the shelves, just ask, we may have something in the back.
We can process your payments with “Tap debit” to a maximum of $100—see you Sunday, 10:00 am—1:00 pm

Hope to see you this coming Sunday at Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive) in Vancouver.
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• e-mail: oursocialfabric@gmail.com
• To volunteer: osfvolunteers@gmail.com
• To donate: osfdonations@gmail.com

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LOCATION / ENTRANCE

Please use our Venables Street entrance: Enter the GREY door marked 1275 Venables located beside the three grey south facing loading bay doors labelled B C D. Walk through the door, turn right and up the stairs to the second floor. Follow the signs to OSF. Click on link for Google Map  If you know you need elevator service please email us a few days prior to the sale and we will send you a contact telephone number to use during the sale to call for elevator assistance.

WHERE TO PARK
Park only in VISITOR spots unless you are loading up your vehicle. There is parking on westbound Venables, west of Clark just past the parking lot entrance. On Sundays, there is ample parking in the Russell building parking lot. Please park legally and avoid unwelcome surprises.

OSF November Sales and Workshops

Hi everyone! We’re shaking it up this month! Our Social Fabric will be OPEN 4 days in a row in November:

  • Thursday, November 15, 5-8pm
  • Friday, November 16, 5-8pm;
  • Saturday, November 16, noon to 3pm
  • Sunday, November 17, noon to 3pm

More information will be posted on Instagram and Facebook in the coming days about featured fabrics and fabulous new donations. We are also super excited to offer “a-workshop-a-day” from November 15-18! Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so, don’t delay. Check out the line-up of workshops below and click on the HERE links to register, or visit our website at www.oursocialfabric.ca or click on the Workshops Page. Questions? Drop us a line at oursocialfabric@gmail.com.

Workshop #1: Pattern Drafting from Ready to Wear SORRY, THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL

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Have you ever wanted to re-create a favourite tank top or t-shirt? Bring your garment and Denise will guide you through the steps to create a pattern from your ready-to-wear garment.

Date: Thursday, November 15, 5:30 – 8:00 pm (one session 2.5 hrs)

  • Instructor: Denise Jones Chu from Hello Beautiful
  • Skills: Student will have some general sewing experience.
  • Equipment/Supplies: Bring your own basic sewing kit and the garment that you wish to re-create (a simple tank top or t-shirt is recommended). Students will create a pattern from a ready-to-wear garment, pattern paper will be provided.
  • Cost: $30. Class size is limited to 8 students. Click HERE to register for “Pattern Drafting from Ready to Wear or visit oursocialfabric.ca

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Workshop #2: Christmas Stocking Fun pic_blue christmas stocking

Learn how to make a delightful felt (or optional burlap) Christmas Stocking  – all materials provided including fabric, trim, thread, sewing machines and a sprinkling of fun! This class is suitable for new or experienced sewers. Make a stocking to hang on your mantle or stuff it with goodies to give as a gift.

Date: Friday, November 16, 5:30 – 8:00 pm (one session 2.5 hrs)

  • Instructor: Carol Smith from Our Social Fabric
  • Skills: Student will have some general sewing experience and familiarity with domestic sewing machines
  • Equipment/Supplies: Bring a basic sewing kit and some creativity! (Students may bring their own sewing machine if desired)
  • Cost: $30. Class size is limited to 8 students. Click HERE to register for Christmas Stocking Fun or visit oursocialfabric.ca

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Workshop #3: Know Your Knits  SORRY, THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL

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We’re delighted to welcome Helen Wilkinson of Helen’s Closet to Our Social Fabric. Helen will offer a presentation of knits exploring the various types of knit fabrics their applications. Students will learn how to sew with knits on a domestic machine and apply elastic on sample fabric.

Date: Saturday, November 17, 12:30 – 3:00 pm (one session 2.5 hrs)

  • Instructor: Helen Wilkinson, Helen’s Closet
  • Skills: Student will have some general sewing experience and familiarity with domestic sewing machines.
  • Equipment/Supplies: Bring your own basic sewing kit and your questions.
    (Students may bring their own sewing machine if desired)
  • Cost: $30. Class size is limited to 8 students. Click HERE to register for Know Your Knits or visit oursocialfabric.ca

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Workshop #4: Zipper Tablet Bag SORRY, THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL

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Laura will teach us how to create a lovely tablet / laptop or smartphone bag with velcro or zipper closure. All materials and sewing machines will be provided, bring your eReader, iPad or Laptop for the perfect fit! Not high-tech? Just bring a book!
Date: Sunday, November 18, 12:30 – 3:00 pm (one session 2.5 hrs)

  • Instructor: Laura Auffray
  • Skills: Student will have some general sewing experience and familiarity with domestic sewing machines
  • Equipment/Supplies: Bring your own basic sewing kit. (Students may bring their own sewing machine if desired)
  • Cost: $30. Class size is limited to 8 students. Click HERE to register for Zipper Tablet Bag or visit oursocialfabric.ca

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Rustic Coffee Bean Tote Bag

What do you do with a burlap coffee bean sack, a WW2 vintage canvas and drapery loops? Create a tote bag, of course!

I stopped in at Urban Repurpose (UR) in North Vancouver to check out the amazing stock of vintage furniture, records, art work and a million other treasures. What a great place to spend an afternoon…anyway, I came across a stack of burlap coffee bean bags, a piece of duffel bag canvas from World War 2 and some drapery rings. With treasures in hand, I dashed home to create a rustic tote bag.

I loved the look of the stained canvas, the hand-sewn grommets and the industrial stitching – so many stories hidden in those threads and, the burlap was crying out for another chance to be useful.

The unsewn bag measured approx 18″ X 18″ square, the bag is lined with fabric from Our Social Fabric and the handle loops are the re-purposed drapery rings from UR. A few pieces of scrap leather for trim and voila – a rustic and very useful tote! Two coffee bean sacks will make at least 4 tote bags – so I have enough for some Christmas Presents. Our Social Fabric is delighted to collaborate with Urban Repurpose on this upcycling and repurposing project! If you would like to make one of these bags, you can find the coffee bean sacks at Urban Repurpose – Tom will be happy to help you.

Cheers,
Carol, Our Social Fabric

OSF Sale Sun. Oct 21, 10am-1pm

Hi everyone—Have you finished your Halloween costume yet? If not, best get yourself down to OSF for some super deals on great fabric—you know you can’t go naked, right? Our next Sale event is  this coming Sunday, October 21st at 10:00 am.

Cotton Rib Knit
Some lovely cotton rib knit waked through the doors and we just can’t stop fondling it. Comes in a whole bunch of colours (and of course, my favourite, black!)—the ribbing is delicate and fabric feels soft (like bamboo). This would be amazing as a simple t-shirt or loose turtle neck top.

Christmas is coming…
We’ve pulled out our secret stash of Christmas cottons, blends  and  trim—we know you want to get going on those Christmas crafts. Are you making Christmas Stockings for your craft fair? Pick-up some red, green and blue felt—it’s easy to work with and sews up quickly.

Attention Weavers
Find packages of roving wool and uncarded wool near the Notions Section. Some packages have colourful bits and pieces—this would be great if you are creating an art piece or maybe your tapestry needs some fuzzy trees or puffy clouds.

Other great stuff
Visit our clearance section, all bundles are 50% off, good selection of knits and wovens. Still a few pieces of fleece left and our knit section is full of lycra, natural knits and poly blends. Don’t forget, you can use a less expensive poly blend knit as a muslin before you cut into your precious natural knits!

Check out the technical section as it’s also been replenished with an good assortment of fabrics.

Hope to see you this coming Sunday morning, October 21st from 10am-1pm at Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive)

 

OSF Sale Thursday Oct 11, 2-8pm

Hi folks,
Happy Thanksgiving – hope you all enjoyed time with family and friends and got to spread the “gratitude” around. We are grateful for all our fabric donors and of course, all of you! We’re gearing up for another sale this coming Thursday, 2-8pm – lots of goodies, as always!

French Terry Organic CottonIMG_0778
Oh, those words sound lovely, don’t they…organic cotton…we have a bolt of  gray cotton french terry knit with a darling white sock pattern – this fabric is so comfy, it can be made into just about anything from PJs, to hoodies, kids outfits, onesies, cushions, stretchy house pants, and more!

Organic Cotton Stretch Knit
IMG_0775This amazing knit has 4 way stretch, is soft against the skin and can be made into dresses, tops, versatile enough for active wear and easily dressed up for a night on the town. It is heavy enough for leggings but light enough for a swishy dress or shawl-top. This lovely dot pattern comes in white on gray (see photo) and white on black. All the organic cottons and natural knits will be on the main table as you enter the Shop.

Clearance Section – get your Halloween ON!
We’re still in clear-out mode, so lots of rolls of fabric are now 50% off. Halloween’s coming soon so now’s your chance to grab some fabric for costumes. Help us make room for more delicious fabric, take away the clearance items!

Hope to see you this coming Thursday, October 11th from 2pm-8pm at Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive) in Vancouver

 

OSF Sale Sunday Sept 30 at 10am

Hi everyone—Yippee—it’s Autumn—don’t you just love that crispness in the air—time for hot cocoa and snuggling with a good book (or Netflix!) Join us this coming Sunday, September 30th at 10:00 am for another fun sale at Our Social Fabric.

Lycra!!

A local designer has gifted us with a stunning array of lycra knits—perfect for leggings and just about any type of active wear you can imagine. We got so excited that we made two pair of leggings and a dress (see orange dress in pic)—tons of different colours to choose from.

Fleece and Fake Fur

We’ve re-stocked the fleece table so, no excuse for not getting those hoodies and wraps done for Christmas. A few bundles of fake fur left for your little Hallowe’en monsters and bags of fiber fill for craft projects, pillows and stuffing for Santa costumes (ho, ho, ho…)

Sweater Knit

A few pieces left of the black sweater knit —see the photo of long black vest over orange lycra—dress it up or wear it with jeans—it’s a great versatile medium/heavy knit. This fabric has an nubbly texture, holds its shape and works well for coats and outwear. 

50% Off Selected Items

We’re clearing the shelves to make room for more stuff! Check out the bins of knits and home décor fabric at 50% off. Don’t miss the bright orange knits on sale—great for Halloween costumes!

Hope to see you this coming Sunday morning, September 30th from 10am-1pm at Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive) in Vancouver

 

OSF Hooded Fleece Cape

IMG_0682Thanks to all of you who came out to our recent sale—it’s always such a pleasure so see y’all and hear about all the amazing projects you are working on. A number of you asked about the Hooded Fleece Cape sample that was made for display on the fleece table. I’m including here images of the pattern I used and hope you find it helpful.

pic_fleece backed knit for hooded capeThe fabric is a knit-backed fleece which had good stability but nice and soft to the touch. The fleece layer is a medium/dark gray and the knit side is a dark warm green.

I chose to put the fleece on the outside of the cape but it would look lovely with the green knit on the outside—with cozy fleece next to your skin.

IMG_0701The pattern was one that I picked up in the OSF Shop, See & Sew #B4266. I hadn’t used this brand of pattern before but I IMG_0703found it easy to work with and instructions were clear.  The pattern says to open the fabric out and cut multiples of the front and back on single thickness but, with a slight adjustment to the width of the pattern pieces, I was able to cut the pieces on the double.  It also helped that the fabric was super-wide.

For the hood lining, I used a piece of light weight red wool (from my remnant basket) which added body and colour to the hood. I chose to hand stitch the lining to the neck edge as I find I have more control with my trusty needle and end up with fewer crooked edges.

The little button tab was a last minute add on as I wanted little pop of red to compliment the hood lining. Sewed two small rectangles together, stitched in the shape of an arrow, trimmed close to the stitching, turned out and added a button hole. The tab was slip-stitched in place at the neck edge.

For the hem, I simply serged the edge—my serger had just been serviced and the stitch width and tension were just right to give a clean finish to the bottom.

This pattern went together very quickly and the cape was fun to make. I’ll use it again, for sure—hmmm, maybe a witches cape is in the future…

Cheers, and happy sewing,

Carol, Our Social Fabric