Thursday, April 24, 2014

Group of Slipcovers










6 slipcovers for matching chairs
for her 3rd story sewing room
Where she'll cut triangles, diamonds, and squares
for beautiful quilts, to be given as a treasured heirloom




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

slipcover for recliners

Just finished these 2 slipcovers for recliners, a great alternative to re-upholstery. 

 Because of all the moving parts the slipcovers are made in several sections that can slip off independently.  The client will be able to take these off and wash them.  The fabric is a pre-washed denim canvas.  

Oh and the pup, that's Lily :) 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Recent slipcover job


This is a recent slipcover job I did. There are actually 4 pieces, 2 loveseats, sofa, and the chair can't been seen from this angle. They were all done in an off white upholstery weight fabric. The client uses these in the summer and takes them off in the fall for a "summer" and "winter" look. I received a phone call from the clients cleaning ladies, telling me how much they loved the new slipcovers. "They looked so much nicer than the ones that were there before and they were so much easier to take on and off." I'm now re-making some cushions from one of the gals!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Measure Twice, Cut once, and Pray without ceasing

















I made this cornice for a designer. It had to be a perfect fit, I think it turned out pretty good! The cornice fits flush against the wall without any returns. When the installer lifted the cornice up into the spot, it sat on the window frame, and was such a snug fit, he was able to leave it up there while he climbed down from his ladder to reach his drill. It's held up there by 2 screws hidden under the welt at the top.

Thursday, November 4, 2010



My Fabric Covered Shutters

I've made a few shutters, but I hadn't got any pictures of them installed. So I made some for my son's house, and went and installed them today, while no one was home. I posted pictures of them on my facebook page and while I was doing that I got a pop-up instant chat from my son. He happened to see my post and thought, "I think my mom is making some of those for me". Then he looked closer at the pictures and realized the windows were his. He hadn't gone up-stairs to even know I had put them in today. They are on the stair landing so he would of been able to see them from the 1st floor. Too funny!

The shutters are fully operable. They open and close just like plantation shutters. There is a door pull on the inside edges, and a latch to keep them closed. The shutters could be a great alternative to roman shades.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Flash from the Past


I recently had a fun unique project to make. I was asked by a designer to remake some drapery panels to fit her clients new home. The client told the designer she had some draperies she just loved and would like to be able to use them again. The draperies had been stored in a box for several years. The draperies were new in the 70's and the fabric cost a $100.00 a yard back then. Can you imagine what they would cost today? The fabric was a very soft velvet. The colors in the photo is a very close to what the fabric looked like.

We turned the pinch pleated panels into rod pocket panels. The original drapes weren't lined, and that's the way we left them. I was surprised to see the original drapes were made with monofiliment thread. The hems were sewn by hand. The pleats were tacked by a tacking machine. The fabric looked as clean as the day they were originally made. We were afraid to have them dry-cleaned in fear that they would fall apart. The only real stress in the fabric is where I took the stitching out for the pinch pleats.

I thought it was fun to look back in the past at the old fabric and to see how they were made! I see a lot of older fabric and techniques when upholstering antiques, but not so much with draperies. (by the way 70's aren't that far back, I graduated from high school back then!)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Grommet Panels

Grommet drapes continue to be a popular custom treatment. They are a versatile drapery style that fits most settings. I came across some grommets that have a clever added piece to add to your grommets. The grommets have an attachment on them to make it easier to add a wand to the leading edge to pull the grommets across the rod. The grommet link can also be added to control the spacing on the panels when opening and closing.


Click on this link from Rowley Company for a quick video explaining the grommet link

Bob Sprain of Bob Sprains Draperies in Paso Robles California shared a great idea with Helser Brothers . Bob says that traversability is usually an issue with grommetted panels and that he has found the perfect solution. He puts one of Helser Brothers steel wands with a welded ring between the first and second grommets inside the leading edge and it works like a charm.
There are several unique shapes and colors to add subtle style to your grommet panels available today. The unique shapes can add so much personality to your rooms no matter how simple the treatment is. (you cannot use the grommet link with these grommets.)



This group of unique grommets are from Kwik-affix

I scoured the internet and found some really cool looking grommet panels. Take a look at some very unique panels that I found:


Grommet panel by Connie Sikora

Grommet Panel by Ruth Zahler

Grommet panels over cornice board by MaryAnn Plumlee

Grommet Panel by Bob Sprains

Grommet Panel by Kelly Geraghty

Grommet Panels by Kelly Geraghty

Grommet Panels by Cristine Sheppard