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
singermachinescurtains, 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 is a dream-come-true, and a lot of work ahead but I am very excited about this project which will take six months to complete.   One of the perks of having such a major sponsor is the machinery!  I received a brand new sewing machine, serger and iron to use for the book projects and photography.

There’s a lot of preparation to do before I can sew, photograph and write the manuscript.  I am starting with a book outline which is divided into categories of planning, getting started, basic techniques and tools and then the different styles; curtains and draperies, shades and blinds and top treatments.

Before I can design the window treatments for the book, I had to find some windows!  We are so lucky to live in North Carolina, where the home furnishings industry has so many supporting businesses.  In High Point, we found The Alderman Company, a photography and advertising agency with acres of room sets and props.  Rodger and I spent a wonderful afternoon taking a tour, selecting sets and measuring windows. Here is an example of a room set which has an arched window which I need to show how to make arched draperies.  You can see the blue walls and no view out the window but with the magic of paint, lighting, backdrops and styling this room will look completely different as you can see in an old advertising photo of this same room.  I can’t wait to see how it looks with my draperies!

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I selected several unique room sets with a variety of window styles to use for the book.  Now that I have measurements it’s time to buy fabric!  That’s for another blog post….. stay tuned!

Best Wishes,

Susan Woodcock AKA HomeDecGal

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  1. Carter Bryan at Mar 31, 2015 10:29:34

    Congratulations, Susan! They found the best to write their book!! You’ll do an awesome job.

  2. Victoria Cox at Apr 07, 2015 09:16:28

    Congratulations! We need a book like this!! Can’t wait.

  3. Joy C. at Apr 14, 2015 11:19:01

    That is exciting. I can’t wait to read your book when it comes out!!

  4. Vivian L. at Apr 19, 2015 07:19:39

    Congratulations on your new project!

    I am currently taking 2 of your classes at Craftsy and enjoy them very much.

    Looking forward to your new book which will help me build on the skills I have already learned.

  5. Michelle Dvorak at Apr 23, 2015 11:58:57

    Congratulations Susan, that’s so exciting! I am looking forward to your book, you are an inspiration.

  6. Diana Burrell at Apr 25, 2015 01:27:00

    What happy news — congratulations! I came here from Craftsy — I’m a student in your Roman shades and drapery classes. Can’t wait to get this book. :) Do you have a pub date?

  7. Susan Woodcock at Apr 25, 2015 06:54:34

    Thank you all for the kind words of support. The book will be published in late spring or summer of 2016. It seems like a long wait, but time is flying and my first submission deadline is just around the corner!

  8. Tara at May 16, 2015 12:40:23

    Window treatments were always a special kind of torture. I finally bit the bullet and jumped into the deep end of the pool.

    I’m now knee-deep in your Craftsy classes for Roman shades, custom drapery and professional window treatments. I’m currently bent on “encouraging” Craftsy to produce a Susan Woodcock class specifically addressing valances.

    My cutting area is a wreck, my hands are tired and my husband gets a worried crease on his forehead when I head to the fabric store these days but hey, I’m learning from the best !

    Can’t wait for the book – and I very much want it to be autographed by the author !

  9. Margie at Jun 22, 2015 06:07:33

    I recently signed up for your Craftsy classes and feel so fortunate to have found you. I want to make draperies for my entire home and your videos have given me the confidence to forge ahead. Your classes are well organized and your samples are very well done. You speak clearly and stay on subject. I have read many books on the subject but watching you do the work while explaining has helped in fill in the gaps. Please continue to provide more videos. Congratulations on the book. I will definitely purchase it!

  10. Celina Baginski at Jul 31, 2015 04:56:20

    Awesome! I’m about 1/2 way through your online Craftsy courses and I’m so excited to sew my next curtain panels! I’ve been sewing curtains for my home and friends for a few years now and absolutely love it, but had a few issues that I needed answers to….I now have my answers! Your delivery style and content is the best!

  11. Sharon Baughman at Aug 02, 2015 09:53:43

    This is great news, Susan. I have several of your videos and even purchased the Craftsy class. I’ve been sewing window treatments for 10 years, and I have learned so much from you when you were at the school, Rowley….well, I just follow you everywhere! LOL I enjoy your style, presentation of the material, and I can’t wait for the book to come out! If there is a pre-sale list somewhere, I would be happy to sign on to get my copy. Congratulations.

  12. Donna Thormann at Jan 08, 2016 12:38:10

    Congratulations, I can’t wait to get your book!!

  13. Kim at Jan 28, 2016 03:21:57

    Congratulations! I know I’m late, but I also wanted to comment on your post about breaking all the rules (Jan, 2016), and the comments are closed. I broke all the rules with my family room goblet pleat panels, too. I bought fabric months before deciding the room I’d use them in and before deciding the style. (To top that off, I turned around and did the same thing again. Only, that time, I made a treatment that didn’t require breaking any rules.) I was so happy to see my family room panels look just fine. So, why do we have “rules”? Ha! I’m so NOT a rule breaker. Are you? I’m really excited about your book. I’m looking forward to seeing it! :-)

  14. Deborah Devine at Feb 06, 2016 05:14:15

    Dear Susan,
    In my house I have a common problem, a large two story family room with a brick fireplace that extends all the way up to the ceiling. There are 2 large windows on either side, and the two top windows have arches. If you need a room to use in your book, you can use mine. You make the drapes, and I will have them hung according to your directions. I can even have a real estate photographer that can take pictures of the finished project. Interested? Contact me at

  15. Susan Woodcock at Feb 06, 2016 08:02:26

    Hello Deborah,
    Wow, that would have been sweet! But the photography is finished and my book is in the layout and editing stages. Thanks for the offer! I do show how to make arched draperies in the book so maybe you can make your own following my instructions. :)
    Best Wishes,
    Susan AKA HomeDecGal

  16. Joan Bragoni at May 14, 2016 01:00:42

    This is so awesome Susan! Congratulations! I can’t wait for the book to come out!

  17. Helen at Sep 14, 2016 02:36:15

    Hi Susan
    I Just wanted to tell you I pre-ordered your book on amazon .It is also available on kindle so i bought it yesterday I must say that it was very well done. I loved the section on curtains and draperies you had a variety.The book is very up to date I also love the interlined roman shade. I have two of your classes from craftsy.
    congratulation keep up the good wook

  18. Susan Woodcock at Sep 14, 2016 12:27:06

    Thank you, Helen. I didn’t realize the book was available for Kindle already! I hope you will find the information useful.
    Best Wishes,

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