Round Top’s Silk Road: Where To Find The Best Textiles During The Shows And Year-Round
From Courtney Barton to Junk Gypsy to Bader Ranch and more, this is where you'll find fresh fabrics.
If you’re looking to usher in the spring season by changing out the textiles throughout your home, there’s no better place than Round Top for finding fresh fabrics. Though by no means exhaustive, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best places to pick up project fabrics, table linens, bedding and pillows — both during the antique shows and year-round.
This is the Silk Road of Round Top.
Located in the Round Top Village shopping center at 603 N. Washington Street, Courtney Barton features bedding, linens and pillows with custom designed textiles created by owner Courtney Barton. The patterns on Barton’s heirloom quality fabrics are inspired by her years living abroad in Asia and are block printed in Rajasthan, India. Mix and match to your heart’s content at Barton’s gorgeous showroom, which also offers a variety of unique home decor pieces and a curated selection of lifestyle products.
Famous Junk Gypsy duo Aime and Jolie Sikes have brought their signature country style to a bedding line. Sweet dreams are assured with fluffy all-white basics, Native American-themed pillowcases and blankets used at the Junk Gypsy’s Wander Inn hotel, and painterly pieces in soft pastels.
Carolyn and Richard Machtolff have been bringing stacks of antique homespun cotton fabrics and grain sacks to the Marburger Farm Antiques Show for 22 years. Their space in Tent A is often piled above head height with pillows of all sizes in plain, nubby cottons, the more common red or blue stripe cotton, and other rare colorways you won’t find any place else.
Yardage is available via larger pieces including authentic chuckwagon covers. Available seasonally only at Marburger Farm.
James Compton Gallery
James Compton of Santa Fe, New Mexico brings his collection of historic Native American blankets woven by Navajo, Pueblo and Rio Grande tribes to Marburger’s Dance Hall building. Truly special pieces from the late 18th to 19th centuries can be found. They are perfect to display on walls, drape over the back of a sofa, use as bed cover, or fold on the foot of the bed.
According to Compton, they can also be sewn onto a fabric frame and turned into framed art. Available seasonally at Marburger, or find these fine blankets and other Native American art at jamescomptongallery.com. Follow along @jamie.compton.
Other spots to shop textiles at Marburger include PFAU in Tent A, Sophie’s Bazaar and SilkRoad Handicrafts Inc in Tent B and Antevasins in Tent D.
Shelia’s Fine Fabrics
Shelia Pemberton has been a dealer at The Arbors for nearly 20 years. Her expansive space is filled from wall to wall with bolts of designer fabrics, piles of buttery leather and boxes filled to overflowing with luxurious, ready-made custom pillows. Fabric expert Pemberton stands ready to measure and cut fabrics to your specifications at her table. We could spend hours here. Visit @sheliasfinepillows.
If bold color and happy themes are your cup of tea (think farm animals and florals), you can find them in fabric form at Karma Living. The East Coast-based company doesn’t just import. It designs, develops, produces and distributes handcrafted products from all over the world. Find pillows, blankets, tea towels, wall hangings – even hand-woven fabric belts and more.
Shop them at The Arbors and The Venue during show times, or any time at karmalivingshop.com.
25 Mackenzie Lane
Located at the northern tip of the rapidly expanding Blue Hills venue, this one-stop shop for traditional bedding and pillows is a godsend for designers and decorators. After searching online for months for a good old-fashioned toile fabric, I found it in person at 25 Mackenzie Lane during the fall antiques show, and ordered two custom sized throw pillows on the spot. A couple of weeks later they were on my doorstep.
Speaking of makeovers, 25 Mackenzie Lane’s custom pillow headboards are a sensation. Simply choose a fabric from their expansive line, and they will create a custom-sized headboard pillow to slip over your existing headboard. Et voilà – you have a new bed.
Don’t have time to futz with custom? Complete coordinated bedding looks and shelves stacked to the rafters with custom throw pillows in luxury fabrics are available for the taking. Available during show times only, unless you visit 25 Mackenzie Lane’s flagship store in High Point, North Carolina. Shop online at 25mackenzielane.com and follow along @25mackenzielane for info on pop-ups.
Pure West By Cheryl Long
A 20-year Round Top veteran, artist Cheryl Long offers a mix of antique and vintage fabrics with a decidedly western flair that can be used for clothing or home decor projects. If you need inspiration, check out how she has used these pieces to create her own line of clothing, pillows and handbags. Half the fun is sorting through the piles of fabrics (some dating back to the 1890s) with Cheryl and hearing the history behind each special piece. Available during show time only in Round Top, but you can visit her permanent location in Bastrop. Find her @purewestbycheryllong.
The Fabric Merchant & Co.
When only the best will do, California-based vendor Irene Salas uses a variety of linen, silk and vintage lace sourced from all over the world and printed with eco-friendly dyes to create table coverings, pillows, bedding and aprons. Custom orders are welcomed. Currently available seasonally at Cisco Village, or shop thefabricmerchantco.com and follow @isalas59.
Fine hotel quality basics for the bed including bedding, pillow inserts and coverlets and shams made in Mexico. From basics to modern designs. Shop seasonally at Cisco Village. Shop online at vivenda.mx, or follow at @vivendamx.
Vandi Hodges has added a line of pillows featuring antique Peruvian fabrics in punch-colored geometric designs that lend themselves perfectly to the juicy, saturated colors of her jewelry and kimono lines. Stop by her shop in Rummel Square across from Prost Wine Bar on weekends year-round, or her satellite shop in Cisco Village during the shows to get these limited edition, one-of-a-kind pops of color, perfect for punching up your sofa, bed, or favorite chair.
Madame de la Maison
Table linens suited for the finest French chateaux can be yours for purchase or for rent from this Nigerian born Parisian vendor. A Bader Ranch staple, the brand features the softest washed 100 percent European linen tablecloths, runners, napkins and pillows in kaleidoscope of colors reminiscent of the French countryside. Further impress your guests with antique china and cutlery. They are also available for purchase or rent for your soirées.
Christi Hay collects an eclectic mix of vintage textiles and turns them into fun, funky pillows and decor. From 1970s needlepoint, to silk, to regular old cotton blends, the variety and vintage authenticity cannot be beat. Available during show times only at ExCess II, booth 18. Follow along at @haythere_itemsofinterest.
Things… A.T. Roche’s
A sewer’s paradise, this ExCess dealer has an extensive collection of printed vintage fabrics perfect for quilting or making fun, funky clothes. A large assortment of vintage sewing tools is also available, so rustle up a quilting bee, or whip out a vintage Butterick pattern and go to town.
Antique & Design Shows
Fall October 13 – 30