draperies

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Traditionally, drapery pleats are tacked by machine, or hand stitching after the pleat has been sewn vertically in the top heading.  I have developed a new method where the pleat is tacked first, to the inside with machine stitching, before the vertical seam is sewn. This works especially well for two-finger or double pleats that … Continue readings

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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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  Custom Workroom Conference and Marketplace May 1-3, 2017 Embassy Suites Nashville SE – Murfreesboro, TN 1200 Conference Center Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 Strengthening the workroom industry through quality education & relationships with other workroom professionals. Custom Workroom Conference is presented by HomeDecGal and produced by Susan Woodcock and Rodger Walker.  Sponsored by Hanes Fabrics … 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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HomeDecGal will be published!

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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 curtains, 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 … 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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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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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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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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