December 5, 2013

it’s (almost) showtime!

Have you heard of the International Textile Market Association?  Unless you are “in the biz,” I’m guessing the answer is a big fat NO.

Showtime 2013 BloggersWell, that is about to change — because I am headed to Showtime, High Point’s semi-annual fabric market … and I cannot wait to share the scoop.  I am joining the most incredible team of bloggers — Tamara Matthews-Stephenson, Marisa Marcantonio, Ronda Carmon and those dashing Madcap Cottage boys — and we are going to bring you along with us via blog, TwitterInstagram and any other form of social media invented between now and then!

CR Laine Copley Swivel ChairFabulousness like this?   It has to start somewhere — and that “somewhere” is often the fabric.  The Copley Chair by CR Laine is already a great modern wingback, but how groovy is it in their Carrara Mineral?   Marbleicious!

CR Laine Carrara Mineral FabricBut how do furniture manufacturers find those fabrics?  Showtime!   This is the only show in the United States where buyers — not only furniture and other home furnishings manufacturers, but also department stores, fabric retailers, and so many more — get to see new collections from fabric powerhouses such as Kravet, Lee Jofa, Brunschwig & FilsRobert Allen, Sunbrella and Duralee AND from the mills that supply these companies such as Valdese Weavers, Sunbury, Circa, and many others.

In other words — what an advantage I’ll have!   It’s only December, and I will see the fabrics that spark the furniture trends in April.  This is the best kind of co-dependent relationship.  Sign me up for Fabrics Anonymous, because I’m already hooked.

Any bets on how long before my husband tunes out my excited ramblings?

Graphic via ITMA Showtime.  Product and fabric photos via CR Laine.  I put the over/under at 60 seconds.  


  • Joann Kandrac
    Dec. 05, 2013
    Can't wait to see what beauties you find!! Have a great trip!
  • Linda
    Dec. 06, 2013
    SO exciting! can't wait to follow along virtually. Oh, and if there is such a group as fabrics anonymous then you better sign me up too!
  • Jana Platina Phipps
    Dec. 06, 2013
    I am so glad you are coming and raising the profile! It is a fabulous and fun market. Watch out, I'll turn you into a trim expert! See you soon!
  • Andrea Brooks
    Dec. 06, 2013
    Hi, My name is Andrea and I have a fabric obsession as well. This sounds like heaven--can't wait to see the amazing finds from your trip!! Thanks for sharing your stash! ;)
  • Loretta Fontaine | EcoHappy Style
    Dec. 10, 2013
    Traci- Fabrics = Love! Can't wait to get your reports back! Loretta
  • Karen Davis
    Dec. 10, 2013
    Can't wait to see!
  • Tawna Allred
    Dec. 10, 2013
    I'll be watching! Good luck with your fabrics as well. Fingers crossed for the best.
  • Rachel Lewis
    Dec. 10, 2013
    Fabric hoarder, right here. I know you'll see some jaw-droppers. Can't wait to see your favorites!

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