Why You Should Attend the NECPA Conference In 2016

The 2016 North East Canvas Products Association (NECPA) Annual Meeting & Expo is anticipated to be the largest event of its kind on the East coast, and one of the largest in NECPA history. But it's not the size of event that should impress you, it's the quality. The 2015 Board of Directors is bringing in in talent and expertise from across the country to educate and inform attendees about the industry's latest innovations in the awning and marine canvas industry. Find out why you should be there from some of our 2015 attendees why they enjoyed last year's conference so much...

Avoiding "Shop Shoulder" With Better Ergonomics

This month we are happy to offer an article by NECPA member Diana LeClaire, a physical therapist by training who now runs her own sewing machine at Carriage House Canvas. She brings us some simple steps to create more a ergonomically-friendly set up that will help to avoid common aches and pains many of us face in our day's work.

General Care & Cleaning Tips for Marine & Awning Canvas

Boat covers and awnings for a home or business can be a considerable investment by your customer. As their service provider, you can help them avoid, prevent and resolve the challenge of dirt, stains and normal wear and tear to help protect their investment and keep it looking like new. This month, the team at Marlen Textiles offers their top tips for general care and cleaning for marine and awning canvas.

Mold and Mildew... Separating Fact from Fiction

There are many misnomers out there about mold and mildew. What causes it? What damage can it do? How do I get rid of it? This month's article dispels the myths and provides information about the prevention tips for outdoor fabrics.

2015 Member Coupons Now Available Online

As we announced earlier this year, the NECPA Member Coupons will now be available online all year long. This new online format allows vendors to offer continual updates and "flash sales" all year long, and ensures that members can access their coupons at their convenience and at any time. We encourage members to check back regularly to see the new coupons that have been added. For information and a video demonstrating how to access the coupons, please read this post.

Color Trends for Spring 2015

After a VERY long hard winter, nothing says spring like a splash of color! Find out the latest trends for 2015 and resources you can share with your customers to help them find the perfect look for their outdoor space.

Increasing Your Business with Facade Improvement Programs

Storefront awnings serve many purposes for a business… shelter for patrons, signage for marketing, electrical savings during hot summer months, and more. Despite these many benefits, for some small businesses there is hesitation in the installation or replacement of an awning because of the associated costs. But thanks to city/town initiatives to increase economic development, you can help your prospective customer overcome these financial hurdles and build their business, and yours.

All About Binding Cutouts

At Hood Canvas we use binders large and small in all our canvas fabrications. Some fabricators we know apply smaller edge bindings by hand around corners and get excellent results. Every shop has their method of applying edge bindings around cut outs, but it can be difficult, especially for new fabricators. In this article we are going to show you our method of binding around the corners of a cutout using an inexpensive straight binder.

NECPA Board Member to Serve as IFAI Chairperson

The NECPA would like to congratulate and proudly announce that one of our own board members, Katie Bradford of Custom Marine Canvas will be serving as the 2015 Chairperson of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). 

Welcome to the Velarium Vibe

Beginning this month, the NECPA will offer a monthly email update focused on education, information and industry news. This email, The Velarium Vibe, is available to all  NECPA members, expo attendees/exhibitors and visitors to the our website. If you are an NECPA member, you will automatically receive your issue each month. If you are not a member, you can subscribe here. 
Become a NECPA member today!