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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’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 Presents!  Custom Workroom Conference

Breaking News for Custom Workroom Businesses! The Custom Workroom Conference will take place February 26 – 28, 2016 at Embassy Suites Hotel and Concord Convention Center in Concord, North Carolina. The Custom Workroom Conference is an event created by and for workroom owners, to provide the very best in education and resources unique to our … Continue readings

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Cornice boards are usually made of wood and while they are a beautiful style and fun to construct and upholster, they can be quite heavy and difficult to install in some places.  A “soft cornice” gives the same look with much less weight and can be attached to the mount board with staples or Velcro, … 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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HomeDec Tech: Pleating Draperies

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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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