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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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  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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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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Craftsy Class Launch: Sewing Custom Roman Shades is Live!

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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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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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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Webinar – Creating Custom Table Skirts

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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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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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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