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Fabric Lovers, You’re in Luck: Haute Fabric’s Tent Sale Is Back This Friday

The textile sale is a great place to snag new fabrics to give your home a whole new look.

Haute Fabrics. Photographs by Michele Ginnerty.

Those of us in the Washington area who are obsessed with textiles count ourselves lucky to be in driving distance of Haute Fabrics in Marshall, Virginia, one of the best sources for premier fabrics at bargain prices. I, for one, have hit the fabric jackpot a number of times at Haute, like the time I secured 18 yards of Kelly Wearstler’s Fern Tree in charcoal grey at $28 a yard—a huge steal considering this fabric normally retails at $200 a yard and up!

If you’re in the mood to try your luck at unearthing your own treasure, head over to Haute Fabric’s tent sale beginning July 20. It’s been a few years since proprietor Roxene Hill hosted such an event, so there will be a wide and varied range of select fabrics from $14 to $16 a yard, and trims will be 20 percent off.

Since you won’t want to miss out on finding just the right fabric, here are a few tips to consider before you head out to the sale:

• Make a list of all the possible needs you have in your home for fabric. Whether you’re looking for the perfect pattern to cover a bench cushion or to make a valance for a currently unadorned window, a good list will help you stay on track with your selection.

• Take measurements to ensure you buy the correct yardage. If you’re buying for slipcovers or a reupholstering project, the staff at Haute will be able to help you estimate the correct amount.

• Don’t rely on memory for the right colors. Take paint chips and other samples of fabrics in your room. Pull out the filler of a pillow and take the cover with you when you shop.

• Snap some cell phone pictures of the various rooms you’re in search of fabric for. Before you leave, compare the image with the room to see how accurately the color matches.

• And finally, if you come across a fabric you absolutely fall in love with, get it! You’ll eventually find a place in your home to use it.

Haute Fabrics. 8393 W. Main St., Marshall, Virginia; 540-364-1221. The tent sale begins on July 20 and runs through July 31. Open Monday through Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday 1 to 4.

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  • JAnderson

    I used Haute Fabrics for a custom order for a French bedroom ensemble (tufted headboard, coverlet, bedskirt, shams, bolster, balloon drapes, bed crown with drapes). I received drawings from an Haute employee, provided photos of what I expected, agreed upon all of the fabrics Haute selected, and patiently awaited my order. My original agreement was to pay ½ initially then ½ at installation of a COMPLETE order. Approximately, 2 years later, I receive a phone call from Roxene Hill letting me know that a PARTIAL order was ready and she insisted on payment in full before installation with no guarantee that I would ever receive a complete order. Since I had already invested so much money and time, I paid her in full for a complete order but only after she told me verbally and in writing that she would complete the order by a certain date and make any corrections to the items, if any, after installation.

    I never received a complete order (bedskirt was missing) or any corrections to the partial order that was installed. I call Roxene Hill, emailed her and received no response. In addition to the changes Roxene made to the initial terms of our agreement and not receiving a complete order, the headboard had defective fabric and was not tufted, the balloon shades had the wrong mechanism, the bolster came with fabric I never agreed upon, the coverlet fabric had creases and was not ironed, no one from Haute was present during the installation and the installer was asking me questions Haute should have answered.

    I received approximately 1/5 of my money back via a credit card dispute and would have received more if Haute’s invoice had more details of the custom work. In my case, unfortunately the drawings, photos and Roxene’s written word was not as
    important as DETAILS on the invoice.

    To make matters worse, 3 years after my initial agreement with Haute, I received
    an email from an Haute employee letting me know that the rosettes for the bedskirt
    I never received were ready and asked if I wanted them mailed. I guess they expected me to sew them on.

    To anyone contemplating using Haute Fabrics to do any custom work – PLEASE DON’T.

  • anniegeeinDC

    The fabrics are good but don't dare give owner Roxene Hill work to be done in her "custom" workrooms. She "lost" a valuable mid-century modern Vladimir Kagan chair I sent to be reupholstered, and despite winning a Small Claims Court judgment against her, has refused to reimburse me. She did such a dreadful job recovering a Gilbert Rohde chair that one of her sales people sent it to her own upholsterer to be done over. I am not alone. Before you commission work, read these scorching Yelp reviews by others.

    You've been warned.

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