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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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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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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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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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I am excited to share a fun project that I made recently.  I call this type of sewing a V.S.P. (Very Special Project).  A baby quilt!  A gift for our friends Brad and Brandy, who are expecting their first baby. The hardest part of this project was picking out the fabric!  I walked the aisles … 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…Roasted Corn

  Summer has arrived and that means fresh corn. Delicious, sweet, crunchy, fabulous corn. I usually boil corn and cut if off the cob.  It is easier to eat and I can to scrape the cobs for added yummy, starchy goodness.  I like to keep it simple and season with butter, sea salt, fresh ground … Continue readings

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