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2016 Custom Workroom Weekend

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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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HomeDecGal’s Mountain Chic: Breaking the Rules

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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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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HomeDec Tech: Linings and Interlinings Part II

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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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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HomeDec Tech: Hand-Sewn Hems in Drapery Panels

I love the look of hand-sewn hems.  Hand stitching is considered a high-end technique in the drapery-making world, not because it is technical, complex or unique but because it is so simple.   It is the simplicity of the stitch.   The intimate, personal attention and care given to the materials while cradled in the … Continue readings

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Bold and Easy Appliqué Pillow: A HomeDecGal “Can-Do” Project

This eye-catching pillow is made using Coats phoomph for fabric, for a fast and easy appliqué.  Isn’t it amazing how one pillow can make such a statement? If you are familiar with quilt patterns you might recognize the traditional oak leaf design used on this pillow.   By using bold black and white fabrics, the pillow … Continue readings

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Have you ever made draperies or curtains?  What method did you use?  Pillow-cased or sewn side hems, double fold side hems, top down… bottom up? There are many different construction techniques when it comes to drapery making.  One of my favorites is a hand sewn drapery with interlining and interlocked layers.  This method, often called … Continue readings

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HomeDecGal Chow…. Summer Gazpacho

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HomeDecGal Chow…. Summer Gazpacho

Are you looking for an easy summer meal that is healthy, delicious and will keep your kitchen cool? Make Gazpacho!  This cold tomato soup is a great way to use up a bowl full of summer tomatoes from the garden.  It is described in the book Food Lovers Companion (Sharon Tyler Herbst, published by Barrons Educational … Continue readings

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Faux Leather Tab-Top Drapery: A HomeDecGal “Can-Do” Project

Do you remember tab-top draperies? Quaint curtains made of calico or muslin for historic homes or country decor? Well, tab-top curtains or draperies do not have to be quaint…. or boring! In this tutorial I will share how to make an updated version of tab-tops with faux leather, a gorgeous floral printed linen and burlap.  Decorating … Continue readings

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