Alongside Cloud9 Fabric’s booth (Part 1 | Part 2) was designer Rashida Coleman Hale’s inviting booth, featuring her two Cloud9 lines Tsuru and Koi. (Rashida previously designed three lines for Timeless Treasures.)
Rashida’s booth walls were papered with pages cut from old books, letters, and telegrams, with her business card artfully washi-taped at intervals to the walls.
Turns out this distinctive look was a happy accident. The family member who was constructing her booth had an emergency and was unable to complete the planned booth, so Rashida arrived to find that all she had were stark white walls. A trip to Portland’s Scrap, a creative reuse center, yielded the ephemera that she arranged as a backdrop to her fabric-covered furniture and projects. It was great fun to peruse the vintage patterns, sheet music, and advertisements and Rashida said they were fun to read through in the rare moments when the booth was quiet.
The footstool and chair covered in her Tsuru fabrics showed up from Portland’s Modern Domestic just two days later — they belonged to a staff member who was lucky enough to get a super-cool upholstery job.
Rashida’s new line Koi ships in July.
Three of the fabrics will be available in both quilting cottons and voile.
Rashida’s line Tsuru, which means crane in Japanese, is available now.
Linzee Kull McCray is a writer and editor with a focus on textiles and crafts. She’s a regular contributor to Etsy’s blog and to Moda’s Cutting Table blog, a contributing editor at Stitch, a columnist for Quilt Country, and her work appears in American Patchwork and Quilting, UPPERCASE, Quilt Sampler, and other publications. When she’s not writing, sewing, or knitting, you can find her rowing on the Iowa River. Visit her blog Pearl the Squirrel.