New School for Workrooms!


Hello, I am proud to share one of the most exciting announcements of my career in the workroom industry; my husband Rodger Walker and I are opening a hands-on training facility for workrooms!  Custom Workroom Technical Center or “Workroom Tech” will open this summer with weekly hands-on classes for window treatments and soft furnishings.  Classes will … Continue readings


Custom Drapery Design, Fabrication and Inspiration Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10:00 am -4:00pm  Hosted by Cynthia Bleskachek at The Funky Little Chair in St. Paul, MN. Join window coverings expert Susan Woodcock for an in-depth learning opportunity. In this class you will see professional workroom techniques and design ideas for creating custom draperies. Class includes basic to advanced drapery fabrication … Continue readings

My New Book is Now Available!


Hello, I am happy to share that my new book Singer(R) Sewing Custom Curtains, Shades and Top Treatments is now available.  The book includes both beginner and more advanced techniques for designing and creating custom window treatments.  My hope is that the book is encouraging, and readers will feel confident and inspired as they plan … Continue readings


Traditionally, drapery pleats are tacked by machine, or hand stitching after the pleat has been sewn vertically in the top heading.  I have developed a new method where the pleat is tacked first, to the inside with machine stitching, before the vertical seam is sewn. This works especially well for two-finger or double pleats that … Continue readings

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2016 Custom Workroom Weekend


CUSTOM WORKROOM WEEKEND Join together with others who create custom soft furnishings for a weekend of learning, inspiration and fun in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Custom Workroom Weekend is organized and presented by Susan Woodcock and Rodger Walker, owners of HomeDecGal and Custom Workroom Conference.  Click HERE to see the full Custom Workroom Weekend brochure. Custom … Continue readings

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  Custom Workroom Conference and Marketplace May 1-3, 2017 Embassy Suites Nashville SE – Murfreesboro, TN 1200 Conference Center Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 Strengthening the workroom industry through quality education & relationships with other workroom professionals. Custom Workroom Conference is presented by HomeDecGal and produced by Susan Woodcock and Rodger Walker.  Sponsored by Hanes Fabrics … Continue readings

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When sewing custom window treatments, there is a set of well-known, professional standards for pleated, lined draperies.  If you own a workroom then you are probably familiar with “the rules”. Rule #1: 4 inch doubled bottom hems Rule #2: Allow at least two and a half times fullness Rule #3: Spaces between pleats should be … Continue readings

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I am so happy to announce that I have a new window treatments class at Craftsy! In this class I show a wide variety of tips, techniques, materials and supplies for making and finishing custom window treatments.  You will learn about linings and how they are used to enhance face fabrics and provide light control … Continue readings

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HomeDecGal will be published!


I am excited to share that I have signed a contract with a publisher to write a custom window treatments book, sponsored by Singer.  It will cover curtains, draperies, top treatments and shades.  This is a reference book, with step-by-step photographs showing how to measure, cut, sew and install a wide variety of designs.  It … Continue readings

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Breaking News for Custom Workroom Businesses! The Custom Workroom Conference will take place February 26 – 28, 2016 at Embassy Suites Hotel and Concord Convention Center in Concord, North Carolina. The Custom Workroom Conference is an event created by and for workroom owners, to provide the very best in education and resources unique to our … Continue readings

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