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Yes, it’s that time of year again! Melbourne’s Wholesale Trade Show for the Patchwork and Quilting Industry is on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November, 2017. We are so excited to announce that we will be showcasing our latest Australiana fabrics and novelty designs! Don’t miss the latest designs from our two new Australian artists Amanda Brandl and Michelle Holik. While you’re there make sure you stock up on the latest basics from Benartex, our ever popular wide backings, and the new Lewis & Irene ranges, hot off the press from the UK.

Visit us in November at STAND # 54

NB: The AQM is a wholesale and trade ONLY show and is not open to members of the general public.

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WHEN IS IT?
Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th November 2017

 

WHERE IS  IT BEING HELD?
The Melbourne Exhibition Centre: Cnr Clarendon Street and Normanby Road, Southbank.

Entrance is at Doorway 1 of the Melbourne Exhibition Centre at the front end of the Concourse.

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DATES?
Saturday 25th Nov. 2017: 10am–5pm

Saturday 25th Nov. 2017: 5pm-6pm – Guest Speaker’s Presentation – for Show and Share ticket holders.

Sunday 26th November 2017: 10am–4:30pm

Show & Share Theatre Sessions will be held on both days between 8–10am. This is not to be missed!

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Welcome to the start of a new Spring Summer fabric release! We are excited to share our latest Online Catalogue for Lewis & Irene, which have already been selling like hotcakes. Browse though the collections here! These fabrics will be arriving from January 2018 through to July 2018 so place your wholesale order with us today.
Spring Summer 2018 by Lewis & Irene is truly a sight to behold. The beauty of this brand is that is appeals to many tastes, trends and styles, whether you are after pastels, brights, geometric designs or even metallic elements.

To see a range of contemporary fabric designs suitable for patchwork, quilting, apparel and home decor, view the full range online today.



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Beautiful new Australiana Magpie & Cockatoo fabrics! Taking Flight, designed exclusively for Kennard & Kennard by Australian Artist Amanda Brandl, is inspired by the lively iconic Birdlife of Australia.

High Quality Thread Count
Exclusive Designs By Amanda Brandl
110cm Wide
Coordinating Range

Delivery January 2018

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View our Australiana Brochure today!

Starting your own fabric store business is one of the key ways to take your passion for fabric and turn it into a thriving business. To succeed in business individuals need a whole lot of flexibility, planning and organisational skills – not to mention plenty of avid customers looking to purchase your products and services. In this article, we explore the 5 things you need to know before starting a brick-and-mortar fabric shop so you can live your dream of running a financially viable and thriving retail store.

 

1. What products and services you are going to have
Set up business relationships with your fabric suppliers so you can order quilting and patchwork fabrics wholesale, as well as other essential supplies such as patterns, haberdashery, threads and quilt backings. Follow a designer and keep your style consistent. You will be passionate about your products if you are passionate about the style. While you might have a solid understanding of a wide range of things when it comes to fabric, know your taste of style rather than being a Jack (or Jill) of all trades. Will you stock unique fabrics, basics, quilt backings or a selection of all? Will you offer a quilting service? Are you going to run classes and ‘How-to’ sessions? Think about what you want your store to provide and how you will engage your clients with your services and products.

 

2. Find employees with a passion for fabric
Your staff are the face of your fabric business so for best results you will want to find individuals with a passion for patchworking and quilting and that have experience ideally. Ensure once you have engaged all of your new retail team you train them in sales and they are across all of the systems for your business. Consider creating an employee manual and regularly review all staff processes. Setting up a ‘mystery shopper’ program can also provide valuable feedback on the customer experience.

 

3. Source quality products and merchandise
In the patchwork and quilting world, quality is everything and you should ensure you choose stock and products that are of the highest quality. Source suppliers that have a reputation for quality so you sell fabric in your store that is backed by a guarantee of quality. Compare cheap patchwork fabric with the premium brands to feel the difference in handle of the fabric. Is it easy to cut or does it stretch out of shape? When you hold the fabric up to the light, is the weave loose and thin or is it closely woven with premium quality yarns?
Retail fabric stores often stock larger, big ticket items including sewing machines. If you are looking to stock these items be sure to have a chat with the sewing machine suppliers to see if you can be a stockist.

 

4. Social media is king – make sure your audience can find you on social (Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, G+)
Whether you’re tech-savvy or not, these days an essential part of a business is to have an online presence. Set up a basic website with an online store for customers that are unable to make it into your physical shop front. You should always keep your online store up to date including any specials you’re having in-store and also have a fast and mobile optimised website to ensure the best user experience for your customers. Also, set up your social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and ensure you are adding fresh content on a regular basis. Your posts should be targeted to specific groups, have personality, tell a story, be interesting, informative and inspirational. For example, get a photo of the stock arriving, then message about how excited you are to open the boxes and to get the new lines on display.

 

5. Create a personality – make your brand stand out.
Many successful retail stores plan their businesses right down to the finer details and weave in their brand personality into every element of their business, and your fabric shop should be no different. Create a personality for your brand and ensure you keep your vision, style and point of difference in mind and consistent in every area of your business.

 

If you’re starting up a new fabric store and you’re looking for a wholesale quilting and fabric supplier that provides patchwork and quilting fabrics to suppliers and retail stores across Australia, speak with the friendly team from Kennard & Kennard today.

Kennard and Kennard have been an iconic wholesaler in the textile industry for over 60 years and are a top supplier of quilting and patchwork fabrics for businesses across Australia. Get in contact today to have a chat with our experienced team to find out more tips on how to start a fabric retail business or for advice on our wholesale fabric range.

 



Looking for a some new inspiration to kick off your month today? These new desktop wallpapers for August will pretty up your screen with some of our fabric designs. With a fresh month ahead of us, full of all sorts of possibilities and opportunities, it’s time to set yourself some new goals to smash! Download these free wallpapers to your desktop or mobile device.

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It’s shopping time! We’re holding our annual April holiday sale and we want you to come visit us and save on fabrics.
If you’re in the area over the April Holidays, drop in and see all our new lines and fabric specials.

Where?
Kennard & Kennard
154 Milvale Road
Young NSW 2594

When?
Open 12-24 April 2017
Closed on Weekends and Public Holidays

There will be discounts across all our fabric lines including our extra wide backings and signature line Burrangong Creek and much more!
We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

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Kennard & Kennard are pleased to introduce our exclusive NEW lines from Benartex Fabrics for 2017!
Modern fabric with a difference makes Patio Splash stand apart from the rest… get your colour-choosing hat on!

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Brilliant summer splashes of colour makes Patio Splash by The Kanvas Studio a must have for any quilter! The unique paintbrush strokes and incredible textured flowers will make a real splash with any customer who enjoys saturated colour.

  • Popular Benartex collections
  • High Quality Thread Count
  • 110cm Wide

May/June 2017 Delivery

A picture paints a thousand words. View MORE online here!

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Excited to share the images and news of our clients and tell you all about our latest fabrics.
Our exclusive designs Burrangong Creek Australiana are beautiful fabrics of Australian Flora and Fauna. Illustrated by our Australian artist, these designs are inspired by the Australian Bush and our fantastic cultural heritage.

 

We are just letting you know that Print Concepts have discontinued their hugely popular Caterpillar Mighty Machines range.

We have ordered all they have left in stock so we are receiving one final shipment of Caterpillar (K2108) this year. We do have a small amount in stock now and the balance will arrive October/November 2016.

This is your LAST opportunity to order Caterpillar! Check your stocks today!

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Time for a fabric refresh!

We’re halfway through 2016 and it’s time to think about piecing your first half of the year with the next half to make 2016 a year of real success.
We would like to introduce you to our new bright and colourful fabrics arriving later this year.

Keep scrolling to view these beautiful designs. To see full ranges, simply click on the links to view online. Happy Friday!!

Kind Regards,
The team at Kennard & Kennard

 

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Kennard & Kennard are thrilled to have the privilege of being the Gold Sponsor for the Australian Machine Quilting Festival of 2016!

Visit www.amqfestival.com.au for all the details
2016 Festival will be held over 4 days and will include:
Vendor Mall open from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon with fantastic vendors to entice you.
Cocktail party with entertainment as a prelude to Quilt Show awards
Quilt Show presented by the Australian Machine Quilting Association Inc
Classes for longarm machine quilting, domestic machine quilting, art quilters, embellishments, machine piecers & more….starting on Thursday and finishing on Sunday.

Where is it? The Home of the Festival is the Adelaide Convention Centre.
AMQF is a consumer show. Attendance has increased for each event thus far with great expectations for the fourth event. Festival will be again held at the Adelaide Convention Centre but will be moving to Halls F & G for 2016 to take advantage of the magnificent ambience and views of the River Torrens and parklands and have the classrooms in closer proximity to vendors and quilt show.

More inspiration from Kennard & Kennard is here, fresh from the The Spring 2016 International Quilt Market 21-22 May! This year, the Spring 2016 IQM was held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
We’ve brought back lots of new goodies including kids fabrics, blenders, florals, panels and loads more!

Next time the sales team visit you, be sure to check out our new fabric collections from overseas and available exclusively in Australia from Kennard & Kennard.

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After a couple of months of planning, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new website!

This time around, you will find many new features that we hope will make your visit more exciting, visually interesting and more importantly easier to navigate.

For our valued wholesale customers, the new Kennard & Kennard website allows you to:
– Order fabric rolls and bolts online through the Online Shop
– Add products to your shopping cart whilst viewing the entire collection
– Customise your fabric search using the Sort By Colour function
– Use the Search Tool to find the perfect design or fabric collection
– Login to access your account, provided by Kennard & Kennard upon wholesale account approval
– Access Kennard & Kennard’s latest news
– View our exciting Photo Gallery
– Download Quilt Patterns

If you are visiting our website to know more about us or what we can do for you, please visit our About Us page and Blog which is full of articles about our products and customer service.

You are welcome to browse around to find out more about Kennard & Kennard, our brand Burrangong Backings Australia and to view to full range of Premium Quality fabrics we offer. Please send us your feedback or enquiries.
We hope you enjoy your visit to our new website and come back soon!

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The Melbourne 2015 Australian Quilt Market was a weekend of lots of fun and creativity for the team at Kennard & Kennard. Being such a great opportunity to speak to customers face-to-face, many took the opportunity to make an appointment with our staff and place orders directly. Our stand featured many of our exclusive collections so that customers could see designs close up; Quilt Backings, Mighty Machines, Lewis & Irene, Quilt Labels,  Spots & Stripes and more. Two quilts were displayed using the popular Caterpillar panels and coordinates, plus the fantastic Buck & Doe Panel. Thanks for coming to see us in 2015! :-)

 

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Looking back on where the craft of sewing began, when it first started and what it has become today, we see it plays a vital role in our daily lives, primarily for clothing, home furnishings and textile industries.

Sewing is a simple process of stitching pieces of fabric together with needle and thread by hand or using a sewing machine – a method used every day by millions of people worldwide, at this very moment.

Clothing and other handmade items sewn at home allow us to create unique projects that suit perfectly, fit and wear better, match better and have a bucket load more individuality than ready-made products.

Sewers work with a variety of fabrics, depending on their textile industry. Some fabrics including cotton, linen, silk and wool are predominantly used in sewing. There are many kinds of stitches that are used depending on whether you are sewing by machine or by hand. Hand Stitches include Running stitch, Basting Stitch, Blindstitch, Overcast Stitch, Catchstitch, just to name a few. Sewing machines come with a whole batch of stitches. The main ones you will use the majority of the time while sewing are Straight stitch, Locking stitch, Zigzag stitches, multiple Zigzag stitch, overcasting, Blanket Stitch, Knit stitch, Blind stitch, basting and embroidery stitches, and many more.  New sewing machines are providing us with a vast range of decorative stitches immediately available at the press of a button!

 

Giving your project the cutting edge

Experienced sewers and beginners understand how important the cutting stage of a sewn project is for it to be a success. For patchwork, dressmaking and furnishings, it is essential for fabric to be cut correctly. Most pieces will align with the lengthwise grain, particularly in dressmaking – that is, the vertical threads of the fabric which run parallel to the selvedges. For patchwork pieces, either grain is acceptable due to the small size of each piece. Bias pieces are laid out diagonally across the fabric grain. Cutting across or with the grain ultimately affects how the fabric will hang or provide strength, or to minimize fabric wastage.

When sewing for patchwork, always cut with a rotary blade on a grid cutting board, and a straight gridded ruler. This ensures your patchwork pieces are cut out at accurate measurements and given a straight edge.

Just as every quilter admits, a day spent sewing is always a good day. Ask not what your fabric can do for you, but what you can do for your fabric!

In any room, an empty couch or a plain bed comes alive with the addition of a beautiful quilt, making for an inviting room full of charm and character. If you’re lucky enough to own a stash of fabric, a collection of inspiring quilt patterns and handmade quilts, and a passion for sewing, the skill of quilting will be indispensable to any room in your home or your fabric business. A mix of designs and quilt patterns provide endless source of “fabric fun” and business opportunity.

For those of you who are new to quilting, a quilt is a bedcover consisting of two layers of cloth filled with an interlining of soft, insulating material of cotton, wool or other fibres. The layers are creatively fastened by tiny stitches which run in plain straight rows or beautiful decorative designs.

Quilting is as old as ancient Egypt if not older. Whole cloth quilts were very common trade goods in wealthy circles in Europe and Asia going back as far as the 15th century. Quilters regularly made their quilts together at social gatherings called bees … just like the quilting bees we have today! Designs often commemorated historic events or significant family occasions, much like today’s quilt inspiration.

Piecing fabric together is also very old. It was more often used for clothing but also occasionally for decorative objects. Pieced quilts made up of cut pieces of fabric sewn in block form with the blocks then sewn together to make the quilt is a more recent development. Did you know crazy quilts were popular in the late 1800’s, usually consisting of randomly placed pieces of silk of various sizes, shapes and colours?

“Piecing” refers to the sewing together of fabric to create the quilt top, while “quilting” refers to stitching the three layers of fabric together – the quilt top, batting in the center, and the fabric backing.

When women were busy spinning, weaving and sewing to clothe their family, quilt-making was very uncommon. Today, traditional quilting styles have been revived by needlework artists where ideas are exchanged and practiced. While modern quilts are based on traditional techniques and patterns, we patch and quilt with a fresh approach producing the incredible art quilts we see today!

Every Quilt tells a story. What’s yours?

Hey there fabric lovers! We hope you are enjoying all your fabric experiences and the release of many new collections. In the peace and quiet of your sewing studio or the hum and buzz of that recent sewing class, have you ever found yourself thinking about HOW this beautiful quality fabric came to be?

In fulfilling our company’s vision “to develop, source and sell the best fabric in the trade”, Kennard & Kennard maintains quality control for all our fabrics, including Burrangong Backings Australia, right from the very beginning. Our 100% Cotton cloth is woven especially for Kennard & Kennard so that we provide our people with top quality fabric.

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1. The design team at Kennard & Kennard continually develop new, on-trend Wide Quilt Backing designs in a vast range of beautiful colours to suit our customer’s needs. Our new exclusive designs begin with an inspiration!

Once a Quilt Backing design has been created, we choose a variety of colours to complement current, on-trend patchwork collections.

The design is sent to the supplier, along with a carefully selected colour range for the supplier to match.

A strike-off is created by the supplier and sent back to Kennard & Kennard where the team check the sample for colour, quality and clarity. Here we ensure the colour quality is perfect. We also show the strike-offs to our customers for your valued feedback and suggestions for improvement.

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2. After the strike-off design sample has been approved, Kennard & Kennard request ‘X’ amount of meterage to be woven, dyed and printed by the supplier.

Quilt Backing cloth is specially woven for Kennard & Kennard to meet our high standards of quality. We do not buy backing fabric ‘off-the’shelf’ which is likey to be low grade cloth.

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3. The base cloth, known as the greige, is dyed first and then the cloth is printed. This gives a superior result. For most colours, reactive dyes are  used which give a much better outcome and better fabric hand than the cheaper pigment dyes used by other printers.

The colours are then cross-matched with the original strike-offs chosen by the design team here at Kennard & Kennard.

 

4. At this point, the supplier sends sampling fabric of the product for us to approve. These are then made into samples for you to see and touch. The supplier then packages and ships the Burrangong Backing fabric to our warehouse!

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