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Professional workrooms strive to provide safe and compliant corded window coverings.  If you are a sole-proprietor, and own a small workroom business, becoming knowledgeable of new products allows you to purchase specifically for your skill level, fabrication style and client expectations. Roman shades are one of the most popular styles today, but many workroom owners … Continue readings

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Learn how to make custom table skirts with HomeDecGal, Susan Woodcock! In this webinar, presented on April 8, 2014, you will learn how to make basic and pleated table skirts including advanced methods for adding banding, shirring and smocking, as well as tips for making custom sized tables.  Susan has created exciting new styles for this … Continue readings

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  The details you have been waiting for! I am happy to announce the instructors for the Sewing & Upholstery Retreat, October 5-7, 2014 at Lutheridge Camp and Conference Center in Arden, NC.  This is going to be a fun, educational event in a relaxed mountain setting featuring classes by Penny Bruce of Denton Drapes, … Continue readings

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I am excited to share that I have joined with Kim Chagnon of Kim’s Upholstery to present a new event for sewing and upholstery enthusiasts of all levels!  If you own a custom workroom business or just love to create beautiful things for your home, this event will have something for you. Join us October 5-7, 2014 for the SEWING & … Continue readings

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In Parts I and II of this topic I covered sateen,dimout and blackout linings, which are the linings you see from the outside.  (See HomeDecTech: Linings and Interlinings Part I and HomeDecTech: Linings and Interlinings Part II).  What about the lining on the inside?  Yes, lining on the inside or interlining, an added layer of material that can … Continue readings

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In Part I of this topic I shared a little about sateen lining, the basic go-to lining for window treatments.  (See HomeDec Tech: Linings and Interlinings Part I). The next most popular linings are “dimout” and “blackout”, which are valued for their insulation and light blocking capabilities. Most light blocking linings (blackout and dimout) have a foam … Continue readings

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If you have ever purchased or sewn custom window treatments you are probably somewhat familiar with linings.  Perhaps it was something you knew you needed, but you relied on the suggestion of a store employee or friend.  The lining you selected was probably a fine choice, but it wasn’t an informed choice. I love fabric … Continue readings

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One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to make a wreath for the front door.  I usually make one, and sometimes two if I know of someone special that would enjoy a live wreath.  Wreath making isn’t difficult to do, but it does take a bit of time and a lot of greenery.  My husband … Continue readings

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  The Maltese cross is a beautiful fabric accent at the top of pleats or horns in swaged or pleated window valances, or used to dress up tiebacks.  The usual size is about 6 to 8 inches across with a covered button in the center.  This version is mini-size, only 3 inches across and perfect … Continue readings

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I recently made Butternut squash lasagne for a special dinner with HomeDecGuy.  It was so good!   I just had to share.  This is the perfect recipe for a dinner party as a main dish, or as an entree option for vegetarian guests.  It is rich, cheesy and delicious! I searched for butternut squash recipes … Continue readings

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