OSF Sale – Thursday, June 13, 2pm-8pm

Hi folks,
Your favourite textile recycling shop will be open this week – we look forward to seeing you at our Sale Event on Thursday, June 13th at 2:00pm.

 Versatile Lycra
One of our favourite fabrics in the Shop and available in a variety of weights and colours is the ever versatile Lycra. Check out the capri length leggings we made in a rainbow of colours and the black leggings in the Shop on our man-mannequin – guys love leggings for working out, biking and just lounging around too! The heavier weight lycra is perfect for active wear and play-time for all the family. If you would like to try your hand at making the ever popular leggings, register for our sewing workshop “Pattern Drafting and Sewing – Capri Leggings“. You’ll learn how to adjust a pattern to your body type and cut out and sew a pair of capri-length leggings. You’ll leave with a custom pattern so you can make tons more at home (imagine summer shorts, knee-high work outs, casual capris and full length for the Fall and slipping into boots) Click HERE to visit our Workshops page for full descriptions and to register.

Attention Costume-Makers!
A fabulous donation came in last week from a costume designer/maker so we have lots of costume patterns – all uncut and priced at $1 each. Lots of beads in different sizes, beading supplies, rolls and rolls of ribbon in narrow to wide widths, glitter, feathers, rolls of sequins and stretch sequins. A table full of goodies!

Denim-Look Knit
Hiding in our storage area was this delightful bolt of denim-looking knit. I made a long-sleeved hoodie and some white shorts for a nautical look (you know, for when I’m out sailing around on my yacht!) It sews up beautifully with a soft brushed inner lining for those cool summer nights. Couldn’t resist making a matching pouch with a vintage doily.

Cream-Cotton Knit
100% cotton tube knit – super soft but with enough body for a tunic top or baby romper. This knit comes in a tube shape measuring 70cm across (140cm open). This would make a really nice summer sweater for guys or gals!

Quilting Books – 50% OFF!
We’ve pulled out our old stock of quilting books (’cause we got a whole bunch more!) and knocked the price down by 50%. Find the sale books in the Wovens section
AND the Spring Blow-Out Sale continues with fabric bundles reduced to 50% OFF – down the centre aisle.

Other Tid Bits
Stacks of 100% White Cotton Twill pieces and a few bags of Muslin will be available.

Thank you everyone for your continued support of Our Social Fabric  – this little non-profit organization is here because you believe that keeping textiles out of the landfill and into the hands of creatives, is important. So, thank you from all of us at OSF! We look forward to seeing you on Thursday! Don’t forget to check out our two new sewing classes: Sewing with a Pattern and Pattern Drafting and Sewing – Capri Leggings.

Other Goodies and Essentials
– Buttons galore and zippers in all shapes and sizes (zippers 10 for $1)
– Patterns regular uncut, $1 each and Vogue patterns $2 each
– Large cone thread $2 each
– Yarn, books, elastic, trim and a stocked Notions area
New donations arrive 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
Sign up to be on our mailing list and check our Instagram and Facebook posts this week for more news on specials and new donations arriving in the Shop.
We are located at: Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive) in Vancouver.

 HOW TO REACH US / LEARN MORE
• www.oursocialfabric.ca
• https://www.facebook.com/oursocialfabric
• e-mail: oursocialfabric@gmail.com
• To volunteer: osfvolunteers@gmail.com
• To donate: osfdonations@gmail.com

 LOCATION / ENTRANCE
Venables Street Entrance: From the parking lot, enter the MAIN BLUE door from the parking lot marked 1275 Venables. Walk up the stairs to the second floor and turn left. Follow the signs to OSF, Suite #270. Map: Google Map

 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 Visitor parking in the Russell building parking lot. Please park legally and avoid unwelcome surprises.

 

 

Sewing Workshops June 2019

Sewing with a Pattern

sewing supplies are laid out on a table for the next project

Do pattern instructions seem to be written in a foreign language? In this “Sewing with a Pattern” class, we’ll review pattern lines and symbols, transferring markings to fabric, interpreting sewing directions together with pattern placement and layout. Students are invited to bring a current garment pattern and fabric to the class together with their questions. There will be time for machine sewing and shopping in the OSF Shop.

Date: Saturday, June 22 & 29, 2019, 9:00 am –1:00 pm
Two sessions 4 hrs each

  • Instructor: Denise Jones Chu, Hello Beautiful
  • Skills: General sewing knowledge and experience using domestic sewing machines. Completion of “Begin to Sew” sewing class would be helpful but not mandatory.
  • Equipment/Supplies: Bring your own basic sewing kit. We also have supplies that you can use.
  • Domestic sewing machines are available for use in the OSF Shop. Students are welcome to bring their own sewing machine to the class, if they prefer.
  • Cost: $110.
  • To register click HERE

Sewing Undergarments

Have you always wanted to make your own well-fitting panties? Join us for a class on undergarment construction—you’ll receive a pattern (close to your size) and instructions for altering your pattern. Students will use the pattern to cut out their panties and receive instructions on how to apply various types of elastic. There will be time to sew and complete one pair of panties.
Date: Sunday, June 23, 2019, 10:30 am –1:00 pm  One session, 2.5 hrs.

 

  • Instructor: Heather Stewart
  • Skills: General sewing knowledge and experience using domestic sewing machines.
  • Equipment/Supplies: Bring your own basic sewing kit. We also have supplies that you can use.
  • Domestic sewing machines are available for use in the OSF Shop.
    Students are welcome to bring their own sewing machine to the class, if they prefer.
  • Cost: $50
  • To register click HERE

 

Our Social Fabric—A Textile Recycling Initiative
#270–1275 Venables St., Vancouver, BC V6A 2C9
oursocialfabric@gmail.com   www.oursocialfabric.ca

 

OSF Sale – Sunday, May26, 10am-1pm

Hi folks,
Spring has sprung and time to get sewing and upcycling that summer wardrobe…our next Sale is this coming Sunday, May 26th at 10am.

Muslin
Yes, the’re back – 100% cotton muslin squares in a variety of sizes – from 30cm to 50cm packaged in bundles of 40 squares. I pieced together a few larger pieces and made a child’s summer dress – see photo, pretty cute, eh? Our donor also gifted us with a new product from their production – “noodles” – these are thin strips of muslin selvage edging – we’ve packaged them in large bags for $2 each, amazingly soft and perfect for stuffing cushions, doggie beds and soft creatures. Weavers and tapestry artists will love these for their creative fibre arts projects. Because they’re cotton, the “noodles” and muslin fabric will take dye really well – check out our range of OzyCraft dyes in the notions section.

Naturals!
Just in time for summer, we have a beautiful assortment of natural knits including modal, bamboo cotton, cotton lycra knit, and 100% cotton knits ready to be turned into t-shirts, tops, skirts, hoodies, shorts – limited only by your imagination! The photo shows only a small selection of colours available.

Spring Blow-Out Sale Continues…
Two full tables of 50% off bundles of lovely wovens and knits. The only reason they’re half price is because we need the space to put out more fabric! Check out the selection down the centre aisle.

Specialty Cotton Knits
We have a few bolts of soft, 100% cotton tube knit in a natural/ecru/cream colour – this would be perfect for a hoodie, summer sweater or cardigan with a pair of lycra capris or a classy long sleeved t-shirt for guys. This knit comes in a tube shape measuring 70cm across (140cm open). And a few bolts of super soft 100% cotton white knit – perfect for loose t-shirts or pajamas or nighties for the kids – cotton is so great to sleep in! The tube knit measures 65cm across (130cm open)

Quilting Books
Some wonderful donations have come our way so we now have a full re-stocked Quilting book section in the Library – all brand new titles and the prices can’t be beat. If you are a new quilter and need some resource books, come check out our new inventory.

100% Cotton Twill
Stacks of 100% White Cotton Twill pieces – great for making beach bags, summer throw cushions, jean jackets, shorts and covers for patio chair cushions.

Thank you everyone for your continued support of Our Social Fabric  – this little non-profit organization is here because you believe that keeping textiles out of the landfill and into the hands of creatives, is important. So, thank you from all of us at OSF! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday! We’re working on 2 new sewing classes for June – watch Facebook and Instagram for announcements soon.

Other Goodies and Essentials
– Buttons galore and zippers in all shapes and sizes (zippers 10 for $1)
– Patterns regular uncut, $1 each and Vogue patterns $2 each
– Large cone thread $2 each
– Yarn, books, elastic, trim and a stocked Notions area
New donations arrive 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
Don’t forget to sign up to be on our mailing list and check our Instagram and Facebook posts this week for more news on specials and new arrivals in the Shop.
We are located at: Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive) in Vancouver.

 HOW TO REACH US / LEARN MORE
• www.oursocialfabric.ca
• https://www.facebooursocialfabric

• e-mail: oursocialfabric@gmail.com
• To volunteer: osfvolunteers@gmail.com
• To donate: osfdonations@gmail.com

 LOCATION / ENTRANCE
Venables Street Entrance: From the parking lot, enter the MAIN BLUE door from the parking lot marked 1275 Venables. Walk up the stairs to the second floor and turn left. Follow the signs to OSF, Suite #270. Map: Google Map

 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 Visitor parking in the Russell building parking lot. Please park legally and avoid unwelcome surprises.

 

 

OSF Sale Thurs. May 16, 2019, 2-8pm

Hi folks,
We are looking forward to seeing you this Thursday, May 16th at 2:00 pm for another amazing Sale Event at Our Social Fabric – Vancouver’s textile recycling initiative.

Designer Samples
More home decor designers samples have arrived, Lots of naturals and high-end fabric samples, some almost a meter wide! These samples come from Italy, England and all over the world, many are hand embroidered and  some have their original price tags – over $100/m. Samples are $1 and under. We also have mini bundles of coordinating samples for your pouf project or patchwork jeans and bags.

Light Weight Lycra Knit
Check out this lovely little gray and black number – this soft, light weight knit is perfect for tops, dresses, palazzo pants and long flowing skirts and the delicate half-moon pattern is classy and casual! Priced at $3/meter, this will go fast!

Millinery Feathers
A lovely retired hat designer donated her stash of millinery feathers to OSF – lots of hand made clusters for decorating hats and creating stunning fascinators!

Notions, Tapestry Yarn and Zippers
More yarn and wide selection of tapestry yarns available in our Notions Area. Are you a budding designer, are you looking to buy zippers in bulk- we have completely re-organized our zipper collection and we are delighted to offer zippers in bulk. All zippers are still 10 for $1.

Other Goodies and Essentials
– Buttons galore and zippers in all shapes and sizes (zippers 10 for $1)
– Patterns regular uncut, $1 each and Vogue patterns $2 each
– Large cone thread $2 each
– Yarn, books, elastic, trim and a stocked Notions area
New donations arrive 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 including bulk zippers.
We can process your payments with “Tap debit” to a maximum of $100
Don’t forget to sign up to be on our mailing list and check our Instagram and Facebook posts this week for more news on specials and new arrivals in the Shop.
We are located at: Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive) in Vancouver.

 HOW TO REACH US / LEARN MORE
• www.oursocialfabric.ca
• https://www.facebookoursocialfabric

• e-mail: oursocialfabric@gmail.com
• To volunteer: osfvolunteers@gmail.com
• To donate: osfdonations@gmail.com

 LOCATION / ENTRANCE
Venables Street Entrance: From the parking lot, enter the MAIN BLUE door from the parking lot marked 1275 Venables. Walk up the stairs to the second floor and turn left. Follow the signs to OSF, Suite #270.

 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 Visitor parking in the Russell building parking lot. Please park legally and avoid unwelcome surprises.

OSF Sale – Sunday, April 28, 10am-1pm

Hi everyone,
Hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend with family and friends – we’ve missed seeing you  – seems like ages since our last sale. While you have been savouring your Easter chocolates, we have been busy rolling, sorting and getting the shop ready for our next Sale which is coming up this Sunday, April 28th at 10am.

IMG_1384Spring Blow-Out Sale
We have received so many beautiful fabrics recently and we want to share them all with you, but we’ve run out of room! So, the only thing to do was to give it away (well practically!) We have 4 tables with bins full of woven fabrics, home decor fabrics and summer knits all priced at 50% off.

Home Decor Department Re-stockedIMG_1389
Come and find some new woven treasures, we have re-stocked 90% of the Home Decor cubbies and they’re full of exciting new fabrics – ready for all you bag makers, cushion lovers and brave souls who venture into re-upholstering sofas!

IMG_1387Quilting Cottons
We received a large donation from a professional quilter this month and we are delighted to offer you a wide variety of contemporary designs in a variety of colours and lengths. One of our directors made this super cute sewing notions wall organizer to highlight some of the patterns available. We also have 18 inch dowels available so you can make your very own wall organizer – these make great Craft Fair items or  a special gift for a new sewer. A few pieces of quilting cotton, a few strips of rick-rack, some ribbon and you’ve created a masterpiece.

img_1391.jpgParachute Clips and Doll Joints
We always seem to get interesting notions in our donations – this time we’ve got Parachute Clips in two sizes together with a wide assortment of buckles, clasps and bag hooks. See them in the Notions Area. img_1385.jpgWe also received bags of Doll Joint parts – these are the little plastic disks for connecting doll legs and arms to the main body. These Doll Joints come in packages of small, medium and large.

Naturals – and there will be a few surprises in the re-stocked Naturals section too… :) See you Sunday!

Other Goodies and Essentials
– Buttons galore and zippers in all shapes and sizes (zippers 10 for $1)
– Patterns regular uncut, $1 each and Vogue patterns $2 each
– Large cone thread $2 each
– Yarn, books, elastic, trim and a stocked Notions area
New donations arrive 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
Don’t forget to sign up to be on our mailing list and check our Instagram and Facebook posts this week for more news on specials and new arrivals in the Shop.
We are located at: Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive) in Vancouver.

 HOW TO REACH US / LEARN MORE
• www.oursocialfabric.ca
• https://www.facebooursocialfabric

• e-mail: oursocialfabric@gmail.com
• To volunteer: osfvolunteers@gmail.com
• To donate: osfdonations@gmail.com

 LOCATION / ENTRANCE
Venables Street Entrance: From the parking lot, enter the MAIN BLUE door from the parking lot marked 1275 Venables. Walk up the stairs to the second floor and turn left. Follow the signs to OSF, Suite #270. Map: Google Map

 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 Visitor parking in the Russell building parking lot. Please park legally and avoid unwelcome surprises.

 

 

OSF Sale Thursday, April 11, 2-8pm

Woo-hoo! hi everyone, are you ready for another exciting sale at Our Social Fabric – everyone’s favourite non-profit textile recycling initiative in beautiful Vancouver! img_1349We’ve been making new friends and helping designers and businesses divert their unwanted textiles from the landfill.This week we picked up a donation of interesting leather, bonded leather and man-made leather from a furniture maker. Priced to move, these durable leather and bonded leather pieces are perfect for making a sachel, tote or even a doggie coat for your puppy!

Denim, Cotton Twill and Corduroy
img_1347We found a few more baskets of denim, various colours and weights. We know how much you love denim, so you’ll find it at the front table in the Shop. And a new donation arrived with boxes of cotton twill and corduroy – see picture of some of the fun colours (and a few florals too!) IMG_1323All of these are so versatile for jackets, trousers, bags, throw cushions and more.

Quilting Cottons & Flannelette
Our baskets of quilting cottons are full and lots of Tiny Treasures are available for making scrap quilts. Why not upcycle your well loved blue jeans with bits of colourful quilting cottons, cover a hole or stitch a flower to your hem or back pocket. IMG_1351Add a few pieces of trim and buttons and you have a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! Smaller pieces of Flannelette have been lovingly assembled in coordinating packages, taking the guesswork out of matching patterns and colours, packs are $5 each. 

Be sure to watch our Instagram and Facebook posts for news on featured fabrics and notions. New donations arriving every day – looking forward to seeing you all this Thursday!

Other Goodies and Essentials
– Buttons galore and zippers in all shapes and sizes (zippers 10 for $1)
– Patterns regular uncut, $1 each and Vogue patterns $2 each
– Large cone thread $2 each
– Yarn, books, elastic, trim and a stocked Notions area
New donations arrive 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
Don’t forget to sign up to be on our mailing list and check our Instagram and Facebook posts this week for more news on specials and new arrivals in the Shop.
We are located at: Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables (corner of Clark Drive) in Vancouver.

 HOW TO REACH US / LEARN MORE
• www.oursocialfabric.ca
• https://www.facebooursocialfabric

• e-mail: oursocialfabric@gmail.com
• To volunteer: osfvolunteers@gmail.com
• To donate: osfdonations@gmail.com

 LOCATION / ENTRANCE
Venables Street Entrance: From the parking lot, enter the MAIN BLUE door from the parking lot marked 1275 Venables. Walk up the stairs to the second floor and turn left. Follow the signs to OSF, Suite #270. Map: Google Map PLEASE NOTE THIS DOOR WILL LOCK AT 6PM, SO RING THE OSF BUZZER IF YOU ARRIVE AFTER 6PM.

 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 Visitor parking in the Russell building parking lot. Please park legally and avoid unwelcome surprises.

OSF Sewing Workshop – Pattern Drafting & Sewing – Leggings

Pattern Drafting and Sewing – Leggings

Learn how to draft your own leggings pattern and make a pair of leggings custom fit for you! Perfect for layering with tunics and dresses or wearing casually to workout! Learn techniques for sewing with knits. Lycra and stretch knit fabrics suitable for leggings are available for purchase in the OSF Shop.

Date: Thursday, April 18 and 25
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm (two four-hour classes)
Class size: 4-8 students
Location: Our Social Fabric, #270-1275 Venables, Vancouver
Cost: $110
To register, visit our on-line registration form