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Posts Tagged ‘Modern Fabric’

Meet 2017 Vendor: Circa 15 Fabric Studio

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Circa 15 Fabric Studio is a new vendor to Road to California.circa15fabricstudiologo Owner Kristen Suzuki has been obsessed with fabric for a while.  She started off small by opening a fabric shop on Etsy.  It didn’t take long for her shop to become very successful. She started ordering more and more fabric and before long, Kristen found that fabric was taking over her entire house.  She had to decide what the next step was going to be. Since she had always wanted to have her own business, Kristen decided to take the plunge and open a brick and mortar fabric shop a year and a half ago  in Kirkland, Washington that today is a 2000 sq. feet. circa-15-store Originally from the bay area in California, Kristen has lived in Washington for the past five years. Kristen and her fiancée  have been engaged for 1 year, but haven’t found the time to plan a wedding because she is so busy with her store.  They hope to get married sometime in 2017. Kristen loves to bake and cook but doesn’t have much time to bake these days.  She actually went to culinary school for baking and pastry, many years ago. Kristen does love quilting and spends most of her “free” time sewing samples for the shop. Being a part of the quilting, sewing and crafting community is something Kristen really enjoys. “Every day I get to chat with such creative and generous people.  I love seeing what people make with the fabrics they buy from us.  I love helping someone choose fabric for a quilt or project they are working on.  I love the look on customer’s faces when they walk into the shop for the first time, and see all the beautiful samples and fabrics.”  circa-15-boothb Circa 15 Fabric Studio is excited to bring their unique style to a whole new group of people. They are very active on Instagram and have a lot of followers from California whom they are looking forward to meeting in person. Kristen and her team are also  excited to meet new people and see what the other vendor booths are selling.  Says Kristen,  “It’s so fun to see what’s going on in the industry.  I’m hoping to meet new friends in the business as well.”circa-15-bootha One item that Circa 15 Fabric Studio is known for is their selection of unique fabrics from Japan. They also carry a lot of modern fabrics. There will be lots and lots of bundles of fabrics in their booth, putting together cuts from their newest collections. They will also have many quilt kits as well. To learn more about Circa 15 Fabric Studio, please visit their website.  ]]>

Meet Road 2016 Vendor: The Cloth Pocket

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The Cloth Pocket is a ‘bitty lil shop” that carries an ever-refreshed, carefully curated stock of textiles for use in quilting, crafting, & apparel inclined toward the more modern styles.logo Cloth Pocket Located in Austin, Texas, The Cloth Pocket is owned by Nicole LaBry. Nicole comes from a background in apparel design by way of graphic design, so the bold graphics found in a lot of the modern quilting fabrics have always appealed to her. She used to have a local line of kidswear as well. Nicole’s mother, Cindy, is the other half of The Cloth Pocket. Cindy comes from the corporate business world & helps with numbers, profit solutions, show booking & logistics. Knowing something about marketing, a bit about IT, a lot about design, & enough about the sewn product industry was enough of a baseline for Nicole to start this business.pocket_gals_large When Austin suddenly lost a number of local fabric stores in succession, Nicole knew it would be prudent to fill the gap. Aware of the pitfalls befallen by her compatriots in the fabric business, Nicole and Cindy realized that there was also no way to make a mom & pop shop profitable anymore. Nicole explained their business model in this way: “It’s just not enough to sustain a brick & mortar- there has to be an online presence as well. We are hoping to get to enough places in the next year to put ourselves on the map. Hopefully, if we can reach our audience in person, they’ll come find us on the web so we can keep getting them all the great fabrics!”Cloth Pocket What does Nicole like best about The Cloth Pocket? “I love getting to meet my customers & hear their enthusiasm. I’m not doing anything any other fabric retailer isn’t doing; I’m just putting together things I like. When people come into the shop or our booth & tell me how happy they are to find these sorts of fabrics, it’s just gold. I’ve done my job right! And most of all, the relationships I get to forge are worth so much. We meet people from all over the place going from show to show & it never stops feeling great to be able to offer them something they get excited about. I can see the inspiration in their faces. It’s really something! Of course, it also feels like Christmas every time the UPS man rolls up. We call him Santa at the shop! Getting all the new things out, onto the shelf & posted about… generating the buzz & excitement over a new collection… back to showing it to our customers- it’s fantastic fun!”Cloth Pocket2 What will be in The Cloth Pocket Booth at Road 2016? They will be bringing all of their latest collections from their shop like Art Gallery, Think Cotton + Steel, Alison Glass, Lizzy House, Japanese prints plus an abbreviated array of choices from their vast collection of solids & chambrays. They hope Road guests will be as excited about their wide array of fabrics as they are! To learn more about The Cloth Pocket, visit them on their website.  ]]>

Special Road Fabric Inspires A Special Road Challenge

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Have you started putting together your shopping list for Road 2015?  

We hope it includes Road to California’s 20th Anniversary Celebration fabric designed by Alexander Henry Fabrics. This commemorative fabric comes in two different color backgrounds and in two different weights: cotton and heavy oxford.



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To encourage creativity – and some fun — with this great fabric, Road to California and ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable are sponsoring the Road to California Tote Bag and Purse Challenge. Cash prizes and merchandise totaling $1,000 will be awarded for purses or tote bags made from the heavy oxford weight of the 20th Anniversary fabric. The bags or purses can be any size or style, uniquely designed or made from a pattern and can include other fabric, embellishments, hardware, or stabilizers. Entries will be juried and the winners, along with a few additional selected entries, will be displayed at Road to California’s 2016 show.

What are the prizes being offered for the Road to California Tote Bag and Purse Challenge?

Best of Show: $400 Cash Prize from Road to California.

1st Runnerup – $300 gift certificate from ByAnnie.com

2nd Runnerup – $200 gift certificate from ByAnnie.com

3rd Runnerup – $100 gift certificate from ByAnnie.com

The deadline for the contest entry is October 1, 2015. Rules and the official entry blank will be available beginning March 15, 2015 on the Road to California and ByAnnie.com websites,

Remember, the exclusive Road to California 20th Anniversary commemorative fabric is available to purchase during Road to California 2015 at Road’s Souvenir Booth #702/703 or online at our store. The fabric is a limited printing and will not be reprinted, so be sure to order early. The 45”” wide oxford fabric used for the Road to California Tote Bag and Purse Challenge is $15.74 a yard.

How will you design your tote bag or purse for this challenge? We can’t wait to see what you come up with.