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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

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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 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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Sewing and Upholstery Retreat Recap

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The Sewing & Upholstery Retreat of October 5-7, 2014 was a tremendous success!  From the opening registration, to the final day of demo’s; it was a very special time spent with talented people. Attendees started arriving on Sunday afternoon for registration.  Co-host Kim Chagnon and I welcomed everyone to the event on a beautiful Sunday … 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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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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