Susan Woodcock

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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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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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I am so happy to announce that I have a new window treatments class at Craftsy! In this class I show a wide variety of tips, techniques, materials and supplies for making and finishing custom window treatments.  You will learn about linings and how they are used to enhance face fabrics and provide light control … 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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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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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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Webinar – Beautiful Boxed Pillows: Design and Fabrication

  Join Susan Woodcock and learn how to make beautiful boxed pillows! Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm EST  Registration Link: Beautiful Boxed Pillows: Design and Fabrication  In this live webinar presentation, you will learn how to design and make boxed pillows.  This style of pillow has a banding or boxing added around the pillow, … 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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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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