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Cornice boards are usually made of wood and while they are a beautiful style and fun to construct and upholster, they can be quite heavy and difficult to install in some places.  A “soft cornice” gives the same look with much less weight and can be attached to the mount board with staples or Velcro, … Continue readings

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  Draperies with Pleats and Grommets Presented live, January 27, 2015 Click here to purchase the recording of this webinar for $35.  (This will not be added to your shopping cart, you will purchase through Anymeeting with Paypal): Purchase Draperies with Pleats and Grommets Click here to purchase handouts from this class for $12 plus tax: … Continue readings

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I am excited to share that my newest class on Craftsy.com launched on October 28, 2014!   Sewing Custom Curtains and Draperies was so much fun to film and it’s a topic that I love to teach.  Curtains and draperies are the mainstay of the custom workroom, and can be intimidating for people new to sewing … Continue readings

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Sewing and Upholstery Retreat Recap

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The Sewing & Upholstery Retreat of October 5-7, 2014 was a tremendous success!  From the opening registration, to the final day of demo’s; it was a very special time spent with talented people. Attendees started arriving on Sunday afternoon for registration.  Co-host Kim Chagnon and I welcomed everyone to the event on a beautiful Sunday … Continue readings

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HomeDec Tech: Pleating Draperies

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One of the challenges of creating custom curtains and draperies is calculating the pleats and spaces to fit the hardware used on the window.  It isn’t my favorite part of the job – but over the years it has become easier to understand and I have more confidence in the process.  If you are new … Continue readings

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Historic London Shades for Modern Workrooms Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 pm Click here to register: Historic London Shades for the Modern Workroom Soft shades have been included in interior decoration books and manuals for centuries.  One style, commonly know as a London shade, combines fullness with standard, flat shade construction.  Subtle adjustments … Continue readings

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What are pin holes of light? Blackout lining is made by coating a base material with layers of acrylic foam.  This blocks light but when sewing by hand or machine, the needle pierces the fabric and a tiny hole is created. On flat Roman shades, rings are traditionally sewn on the back of the shade … Continue readings

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In March I visited Denver, Colorado to film a class for Craftsy.com.  What an exciting opportunity!  From the time I received the call from Linda, the acquisitions editor inviting me to teach the class, to the last day of filming; every step of the process was professional and fun.  Prior to filming, I met weekly … Continue readings

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  Join Susan Woodcock and learn how to make beautiful boxed pillows! Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm EST  Registration Link: Beautiful Boxed Pillows: Design and Fabrication  In this live webinar presentation, you will learn how to design and make boxed pillows.  This style of pillow has a banding or boxing added around the pillow, … Continue readings

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Draperies are forever popular as functional window coverings or decorative side panels. With all the draperies being sold and installed today, what can you do to set your work apart? Give your draperies the “leading edge” by adding banding, welt cord, contrast hems and other design details. In this webinar you will see how to … Continue readings

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