Dear Loyal Subscribers and Friends,
It is with heavy hearts that we share some heartbreaking news. After three years of dedicated effort in inventorying and cataloging Barbara's unnamed fabric collection, tragedy struck on Sunday, January 28th, in Sonoma, CA. A devastating fire consumed the majority of these cherished fabrics.
Just last week, we had proudly presented these fabrics on our website, marking a significant milestone for our small business. However, last week, at the commercial building where we had organized and stored the last of the bolts and some remnants the fire was somehow started. This unfortunate event led to a fire that took away these treasures. Though they were uninsured, the real loss lies in the beauty and craftsmanship of these fabrics, as well as the countless hours our family and friends invested in organizing and cataloging them. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of you for your support and assistance throughout this journey. The cause is still under investigation.
In the wake of this tragedy, we have removed all the lost items from our website. What remains at Kearsley are the fabrics that were safely stored at our own premises. These fabrics await their chance to shine in your homes and creative projects.
These fabrics are perfect for:
Framed Wall Art
Jackets, Dresses, Trousers & Skirts
This beautiful piece is Barbara's famous Hydrangea hand painted with pops of color with screen printed gold on a white silk dupioni backed for upholstery.
4.25 yard remnant, sold as one piece. 54" wide
Approx. repeat: 36"
See in shop here
Each one is a masterpiece, and every one of them is in stock and ready to ship from Sonoma, California.
We are deeply grateful that our business and premises remain unharmed. While fire inspectors continue their investigation, evidence suggests that people were living in the building where we stored the fabrics this past week. It has been an incredibly sad few days for us here, and we are so thankful to those of you who had purchased many of the bolts prior to the fire. Your foresight and support have preserved these fabrics for future appreciation and enjoyment.
Kearsley is here to support you in bringing these beautiful fabrics into your lives:
1. Create Custom Pillows: These fabrics can be transformed into exquisite pillows, adding a touch of elegance to your living spaces.
2. Backing Services Available: If your chosen fabric requires backing, we are happy to provide this service to ensure the durability and longevity of your projects.
3. Upholsterer Recommendations: We can connect you with skilled upholsterers who will transform these fabrics into stunning furniture pieces.
As we navigate this difficult time, your continued support means the world to us. By making these remaining fabrics a part of your homes or projects, you help us honor the memory of the lost fabrics and the hard work that went into curating them.
Here are some hashtags to help you discover and share these remaining fabrics with your friends and fellow enthusiasts:
Visit our website to explore the surviving fabrics, and share this post with friends who may be interested in helping us rebuild. We deeply appreciate your continued trust and support.
With gratitude and determination,
Heather Kearsley Wolf
Kearsley, Inc. (selling the remaining fabrics of Barbara Beckmann designs)