Fabric Forecast 2009: Three Shops

To help kick off the new year, I asked fabric sellers, designers, and manufacturers the question:

Where is the fabric world (or your corner of it) going in 2009?

Today, three shop owners share their plans for the upcoming year:

Liza Prior Lucy is the proprietress of Glorious Color, the co-author/engineer of Kaffe Fassett’s quilt books/designs, and the woman responsible for bringing Mr. Fassett into fabric design. She wrote:

We are continuing to do what we do best. We carry in depth all of Kaffe Fassett and Philip Jacobs’ fabrics. We have added the full line of fabrics from Brandon Mably and Jay McCarroll. Both of the new guys appeal to younger consumers. My teens are wild about both lines.

glorious color logoKaffe just designed his first recycled plastic tote and they are very inexpensive. They are selling unbelievably well. We expect that he will be doing more very soon.

We will be expanding our exclusive applique patterns. Kim McLean of Australia is working on a new glorious basket design and we are just beginning to work with Susan Powell, an applique artist who used to be local to our area. Look for her amazing Victory Garden applique quilt pattern early in 09. It is all veggies and creatures and is gob smackingly gorgeous. It was the first applique pattern that lured me into giving it a try.

Country Garden Quilts

Kaffe and I are working on the next hardcover book. It will be our 4th but it won’t be out until 2010. Our most recent Rowan softcover book is just out and doing well. It is called Country Garden Quilts. It was photographed in the famous Great Dixter garden in England. In September 09, the next book in that series will be out and it was just photographed in Port Merion in Wales.

That’s about all the news from your friends at www.gloriouscolor.com.




Laura Sampsel of The Fabric Square Shop wrote:

The fabric world is here to stay of course! It gets better every year!

Our little corner of it will continue to provide current gorgeous precut fabric selections to all customers whom are looking for a timesaving, simple way to create beautiful projects even with a busy lifestyle or limited time.




Myrinda Dixon of Fabrichound wrote:

For 2009, Fabrichound will be kicking it off with the announcement of our new DESIGN TEAM! Five members (including myself) as well as rotating guests to provide our fabric-philes with tutorials, pattern and product reviews and inspiration to keep you sewing along! For products, we will be maintaining the number of fabric choices but increasing our selection of patterns, trims, notions and tools, to help you use up that ever growing stash ;)

At Fabrichound, we take exceptional pride in our large variety of hard-to-find trims like fold-over elastic and iron/sew-on motifs and embellishments. Look for MORE specials, sales and CONTESTS in the new year as well as more frequent blog entries with projects, designer and sewist interviews as well as sew and shares. We’re also looking at website improvements which will make it even easier for you to choose the right fabrics for your projects and streamlining the checkout process. We realize times are tough in the pocketbook, so a 10% price reduction will remain in effect INDEFINITELY!

{Thank you so much Liza, Laura, and Myrinda! Stay tuned, we have a few more shops with their predictions for the year ahead tomorrow.}

One Comment

  1. Jane says:

    At janesfabrics.com, I have found that picking out a few items and specializing in them is the way to go for my shop. I feature 1930 fat quarters, I have thousands of them in my home and they sell well, because people love the 1930’s scrap look. I also sell black and white fat quarter sets, civil war fabric and many other fabric lines. I think in 2009 the fabric business will see an increase in sales. The way the economy is going; people are going back to simpler times, staying home, saving money, cooking more and sewing more. I think it will be a good year her in the Midwest. Jane