High Point Furniture Market Spring 2018

 The STI/Revolution Design team seeing some of their designs come to life in High Point!

The STI/Revolution Design team seeing some of their designs come to life in High Point!

This Spring's 2018 Furniture Market was a great success for Revolution fabrics! All of our customers showcased some beautiful pieces of furniture. It's always exciting to see our fabrics applied and hear the positive reactions that come from our customers' customers!

Some of the new trends we saw at this season's market included:

- Faux fur (plush white, fleece look)

- Bold greens 

- Color stories of orange and red (ranging from bold, pumpkin oranges to deep reds)

- Novelty (pillows, accent chairs and ottomans with cats, dogs, birds and even llamas!)

- Bright colored pillows on a beige or white sofa

- Global 

*Check out the photos below of a small selection of all the amazing Revolution we saw at High Point!

Scandinavian Country

This collection started with one original idea and piece of art. This artwork appealed to us because of the emerging trend of 'Scandinavian Country'. The artwork is also paying homage to the hot trend of using decorative tile. We pulled out small patterns from the collage to be allovers:

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Scandinavian Artwork

- allover flower

- wedding ring pattern

And did some classics to round it out:

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- toss paisley

Lifestyle, relaxed casual, farmhouse, country are other buzz words to describe this collection. Today we are naming the patterns... that sounds easy but it can be difficult, because it can’t be a name that has already been used.

This collection can work as a bedding group or furniture collection.

 Scandinavian Country inspired design in Revolution Plus!

Scandinavian Country inspired design in Revolution Plus!

2018 Design Blogger's Conference

When Revolution was created in February 2015 by STI (Specialty Textiles, Inc.), it was only available for sale to furniture manufacturers. That all changed in January 2017 when Revolution launched it's online store, revolutionfabricbytheyard.com. Revolution was so well received in the furniture retail market, that customers began asking for furniture only covered in Revolution! Now, anyone who wants a PFC chemical free, easy to clean fabric that is made in the United States, can purchase Revolution whenever they want.

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Another huge component of Revolution's online store is their trade program. Interior designers who join Revolution's trade program receive trade pricing and receive a complimentary Revolution designer swatch box set. Revolution is great for all designers, because "life happens" in every home, but it is really great for designers whose main clientele is families or like many of us, people who are redecorating on a budget!

Revolution Performance Fabrics attended and was a sponsor at this year's Designer Blog Conference in Los Angeles, California. The conference has taken place for over five years and now has close to 400 attendees! The conference is specifically focused on the interests of interior designers, design bloggers and anyone who is using the web and blogger networks to grow their brand. There are seminars and break out sessions over the course of three days that discuss best practices and innovations in social media, blogging, e-commerce, digital branding, book publishing and more.

As an exhibiting sponsor, Revolution had a booth where interior designers and all conference attendees could come by to learn more about the product and of course, see the fabric for themselves! Cheryl Luckett, owner of Dwell by Cheryl and Design Ambassador for Revolution, attended the conference, as well as Jill Harrill (Marketing Strategist) and Emily Harry (Brand Ambassador). The Revolution team had the chance to meet some great people from the design community and learned a lot too. Revolution looks forward to participating in next year's Design Bloggers Conference!

To learn more about the Design Blogger's Conference, visit https://design-bloggers-conference.com/

  2018 Design Bloggers Conference

2018 Design Bloggers Conference

  The Revolution Performance Fabrics exhibit booth! Designers were able to see, feel and test the cleaning ability of the fabric for themselves!

The Revolution Performance Fabrics exhibit booth! Designers were able to see, feel and test the cleaning ability of the fabric for themselves!

  Universal Furniture, a valued Revolution customer, also sponsored at the DBC and used a Revolution sofa in their seating area!

Universal Furniture, a valued Revolution customer, also sponsored at the DBC and used a Revolution sofa in their seating area!

  Revolution design ambassador, Cheryl Luckett, ready to share her experiences and knowledge of Revolution! To learn more about Cheryl, visit https://www.revolutionfabricsbytheyard.com/pages/design-ambassador

Revolution design ambassador, Cheryl Luckett, ready to share her experiences and knowledge of Revolution! To learn more about Cheryl, visit https://www.revolutionfabricsbytheyard.com/pages/design-ambassador

  The Revolution team with the Savvy Giving team! Revolution is a proud new supporter of Savvy Giving.   Savvy Giving by Design™ is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide comfort, support, and healing to families with a child facing a medical crisis by transforming the interior spaces of their homes at no cost to them. Revolution looks forward to providing the fabric for the Savvy Giving children's rooms! To learn more about Savvy Giving, visit:   https://savvygivingbydesign.org/

The Revolution team with the Savvy Giving team! Revolution is a proud new supporter of Savvy Giving. Savvy Giving by Design™ is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide comfort, support, and healing to families with a child facing a medical crisis by transforming the interior spaces of their homes at no cost to them. Revolution looks forward to providing the fabric for the Savvy Giving children's rooms! To learn more about Savvy Giving, visit: https://savvygivingbydesign.org/

It Takes Two

 Photo: Brentwood on Precedent chairs!

Photo: Brentwood on Precedent chairs!

We love our partners! We got news yesterday that one of our partners was having better than expected success with one of our fabrics... they needed more FAST!

It is always exciting to see how our customers can take our fabric and turn it into a beautiful piece of furniture.

We are heading to Pre-Market next week in High Point, North Carolina to get a sneak peek at what our partners are working on.

We truly love what we do and our partners!

 Photo credit: MAYO FURNITURE

Photo credit: MAYO FURNITURE

 Photo Credit: MAYO FURNITURE

Photo Credit: MAYO FURNITURE

Plain and Simple

We weave a lot of plains and textures... I’m not sure how simple it is. It can be more difficult at times to come up with an awesome basecloth.

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First, it starts with the yarn. There are multiple yarn options:

- straight yarns... fine and coarse. The smaller yarns require more picks per inch.

- boucle yarns, fancy yarns... again be small or larger.

- chenille yarns... cut pile yarns in different sizes

You can use these yarns solid, pick and pick or mixed.

Second, you have to decide what warp you’re going to make it on. Like most mills we have certain set ups to choose from:

- number of ends

- dobby or jacquard loom

- size and color of yarn

Third, you have to design the weave. For the dobby loom, we have 12 harnesses so the weave in the horizontal direction repeats in twelve ends or less. There are no limitations with a jacquard since you control each end.

Lastly, you put it all together into a ticket that has all the specifications on how to weave it.

- which warp

- which weave or pattern

- which filling yarns

- which colors for all

- how many picks

- what finish

I haven’t even talked about price point, testing, width, drape ability, hand look... it goes on.

And, with all this I’m still over simplifying... so, as I said in the beginning not so plain and simple!

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Inspiring the Next Generation

The International Textile Alliance (ITA) is a non-profit business association that provides resources and opportunities to its members by promoting education, awareness, advocacy and technology within the textile industry. A key mission for ITA is to help grow and develop future leaders for the industry by creating opportunities for textile students from around the world.

The ITA Educational Foundation helps students find internships and provides them with resources that will help them advance their knowledge and career. Katherine Shoaf, Design Director at STI, is the Educational Foundation Committee Chair and helped to organize this year's tour. 

Every year, ITA hosts a three-day tour that gives the students an inside look at the textile industry from concept to consumer through visits to textile mills, design studios, upholstery manufacturers and printing facilities.

The students visited STI on the first day of their tour to get a firsthand look at a domestic textile mill! The students took a tour of all three plants and met with the design team to learn about their process. This was a great opportunity for STI to meet some future young professionals in the industry and encourage them to pursue a career in textiles!

 ITA Industry Tour Group! There were 22 students from schools across the country, such as: NC State, East Carolina University, Western Carolina, Savannah College of Art & Design, University of Georgia and Philadelphia University. Also pictured is  Katherine Shoaf  from STI, and Catherine Morsell and Carrie Purgason from ITA.

ITA Industry Tour Group! There were 22 students from schools across the country, such as: NC State, East Carolina University, Western Carolina, Savannah College of Art & Design, University of Georgia and Philadelphia University. Also pictured is Katherine Shoaf from STI, and Catherine Morsell and Carrie Purgason from ITA.

  Chris Dodds  and  Jacob Englert  explaining how the warping process works.

Chris Dodds and Jacob Englert explaining how the warping process works.

 Designer  Glen Read  sharing his experience on merchandising, how to put together a correlate package and where he finds inspiration!

Designer Glen Read sharing his experience on merchandising, how to put together a correlate package and where he finds inspiration!

 Brentwood Textiles designer,  Kathy Dotterer , sharing her experience and thoughts on textile design!

Brentwood Textiles designer, Kathy Dotterer, sharing her experience and thoughts on textile design!

  Jessica Dalton  leading her group through a tour of our new Plant 3!

Jessica Dalton leading her group through a tour of our new Plant 3!

 A group of students seeing firsthand how a loom works!

A group of students seeing firsthand how a loom works!

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Below: The students also visited Bennettsville Printing on their educational tour. Check out the photos below from Bennettsville!

Altogether Now!

We design and introduce products year round. We also work on projects with customers... we love that collaboration!

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That being said, we introduce two lines of fabric a year to the industry at a fabric show called “Showtime”.  Showtime is in High Point, NC in December and June. We typically introduce a variety of looks including plains, textures, small patterns, stripes, prints and jacquards. In those categories we have different style categories based on different trends. In the end, we usually end up with about 100 new styles every 6 months... and of course we carryover our best designs!

Some of our customers like to get our thoughts on how we would style a collection. It is cool to see how the different styles come together to give options to use on a sofa group. Here are some pictures of some of the collections we put together.

Altogether now... collections!

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Carolina Works!

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STI was recently contacted by local photographer, Tim Coffey, about participating in a photography project that celebrates North Carolina manufacturers. The project, called Carolina Works, features photos of the "people behind the product", because without them, there wouldn't be a product! 

Carolina Works is not limited to textile or furniture makers; the project features companies that make car parts, bottled water, decorative laminates, salad dressing and pickles... just to name a few!

Manufacturing is a rich part of the Tarheel state's history and we are proud to be a part of it. Check out the photos below of our awesome STI employees that participated in the Carolina Works project.

To learn more about Carolina Works and to view the full gallery of featured North Carolina manufacturers, visit their page: www.northcarolinaworks.blogspot.com or click here.

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Floor or Wall?

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We offer a variety of designs in chenille floor cloths made in Turkey. They are awesome! As rugs do, they add a pop of color or give foundation to the room. We now offer three sizes: small, medium and large. Some are colorful, while others are more muted tones.

We were looking for artwork to use in our showroom and we had the idea to use a floor cloth on the wall - it worked out perfectly! The texture of the abstract drawing with the vibrant colors works just like a painting, but with the added dimension of texture.

Another tip, you can use these floor cloths on any surface: hardwoods, tile and carpet. I’ve used them in the kitchen, great room, studio/office and bedroom. Next, I need one in my dining room since we have the large format. They also look great to layered! Have fun... use your imagination!

So, add a floor or “wall” cloth to a room to add a little more interest to that room.

 Above: Watercolor floor cloth hung in the Brentwood show room

Above: Watercolor floor cloth hung in the Brentwood show room

 Layered, patchwork floor cloths in the Brentwood show room in High Point, NC

Layered, patchwork floor cloths in the Brentwood show room in High Point, NC

 Watercolor inspired, beautiful floor cloth!

Watercolor inspired, beautiful floor cloth!

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Mad About Plaid

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Plaids are on trend! They are a classic and never truly go away. Plaids come in all shapes and sizes: gingham, hounds tooth, windowpane, tattersall, bold, tartan, check, madras, glen and faux, etc.

We have all of the above! The true plaid is created when you have a stripe layout in the warp and the weft (filling) and when you weave they “plaid” off. Hounds tooth, four point star, and others are created with both color and weave effects. You can also simulate a plaid with a jacquard weave. It looks like a true plaid , but it is not woven with a stripe layout in the warp.

We offer plaids in Revolution Performance Fabric as well as true 100% polyester plaids. Depending on the type of plaid, they can be taken in many different style directions from lodge, preppy, modern, farmhouse etc. 

We are truly mad about plaid!

 Revolution plaid pattern, BROCK

Revolution plaid pattern, BROCK

 Revolution pattern LUMBERJACK

Revolution pattern LUMBERJACK

 Pattern HIKER

Pattern HIKER

Top Nine

As we begin 2018 and put a close to 2017, it is a good time for reflection. One thing new in 2017 is our Instagram feed. It has been great to share, connect, and be inspired. The unexpected benefit is connections to people all over the world and industry. You can get to know someone better and see colors and trends. Like all social media, there can be some garbage, but it is easy to filter out. Here is a collection of our top 9 posts. There were some surprises. There were some good posts early on that didn’t make the top because we had only a few followers.

So, check us out on Instagram, @brentwoodtextiles - we would love to follow you too!

 @brentwoodtextiles top nine!

@brentwoodtextiles top nine!

Time To Unplug

Inspired by a post I saw on Instagram, I remembered one of my strong philosophies: sometimes you have to walk away from a problem to solve it. There are a lot of cliches and studies that speak to this phenomenon...

“See the big picture”, “Don’t worry be happy”,“Stop thinking about it, it will come to you”

Like an electronic device, sometimes we have to unplug to work better.

As we leave for our holiday break, I can’t help to think how wonderful it is to unplug. Whatever your plans this next week, enjoy!

“Life’s too short”

We will come back in 2018... refreshed and rejuvenated... ready for a prosperous new year!

All the best to everyone!

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Sabra Cactus Moroccan Silk

You learn something new every day.

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At Showtime, I got into a conversation with one of our favorite customers about “cactus” cloth. I hate to admit it, but I was at a loss. I thought to myself surely they’re not talking about a cactus motif.

It turns out I have seen what they were talking about in my research, but I had not paid attention to what it was called.

This fabric is made in Moroccan villages. Local villagers harvest the leaves of the Sabra cactus plant for the filaments within, and loom the textural canvas into patterns of ancient motifs. The yarn-dyed palette comes from all-natural botanical pigments, and each pillow cover gets it's unique, burnished character from washing and drying under the Moroccan sun. These authentic cactus silks are beautiful. We are looking for inspiration from them to create our own signature cactus motif pattern. Obviously,  they will not have the beauty of the original… but they will have the beauty of the inspiration.

As I stated, you learn something new every day!

 

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 The start of Brentwood's Cactus Motif

The start of Brentwood's Cactus Motif

Showtime

Wow, Showtime was amazing, exciting, exhausting, inspirational, rewarding, overwhelming, fun, collaborative, collegial... and did I say inspirational! 

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I feel like I’m playing the game where I write down every word that pops in my head, but Showtime was all those adjectives and more. You would think after presenting a lot of new product you would be void of new ideas, but quite the opposite happens at showtime... my head is spinning with ideas! 

All that being said, it’s definitely time to decompress and wring out my sponge and start decorating for the holidays!!!

Thanks to everyone who came by to see us, we thoroughly enjoyed the visit!

 The Brentwood Showroom, ready for visitors!

The Brentwood Showroom, ready for visitors!

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Thankful

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When asked "what are you thankful for?" most people reply the same… family, friends, happiness and health.

Inspired by a Thanksgiving note sent from one of our customers last year, I wanted to take this moment to say how grateful I am to work with people with such passion, dedication, creativity and skill. 

All the members of the Brentwood Textiles team, from our sales representation, customer service, sample department, warehouse, design and marketing, are truly dedicated to being the best.

Our partnerships with mills around the world, but more so our relationships here in the United States, is paramount to our success as a business.

We are so grateful for our customers for more reasons than the obvious. They push us to be better… customer service, quality, sending samples for consideration and making product that fits their needs! Their collaboration and partnerships are the core of what drives us and makes us grateful.

I can’t express enough how grateful I am to work with such passionate, creative people!

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Under Foot

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Something is under foot!

We started making floor cloths a couple of years ago in Turkey. We originally only had the small format, but now we have medium and large size floor cloths. They are made with acrylic chenille. They are the perfect way to add a pop of color or pattern to any room!

We have contemporary flowing patterns, distressed over-dye kilims looks, and geometric designs. We have several new designs on the drawing board: ornate tile, organic leaf and classic frame distressed looks... just to name a few. 

The interest is rising! Something is underfoot... wink wink ;)

We Made That!

I have often talked and wrote about how great it is to have a passion about something and love what you do. It is even more awesome when you are so proud of the product you make! We make a great quality product that I do not hesitate to share with family and friends. 

Some of our styles are made in Kings Mountain, NC. Made with pride in the USA!

In addition to product made in the United States, Brentwood also has relationships with phenomenal people in Turkey. We are constantly creating and producing product that we are proud to say, "we made that!"

Check out some of my friends and family who love living with the products we've made! 

Partnerships & Collaborations

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This week we had a visit from one of our retail furniture partners, Room and Board. It is always great to meet with them, mainly because they are such nice people, and the information we share is invaluable.

The types of things we discuss are service, quality, sales, colors, trends and sales projections. From the creative perspective, it is always great to show products, get feedback, and brainstorm ideas.

We are constantly connecting to all of our customers. The synergy between us is paramount to a successful business.