Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Answer - What is it?

In my last blog, I showed a picture of a device and asked readers to respond with what they thought it was. I heard from a few people that they had read the blog and had no idea what it was. The device shown in the last blog is called a "Stay Fold." It attaches to the bottom of a drapery panel to get control over wayward folds. Furthermore it can control those panels that balloon out because they are hung over an air vent. See the photos for an example of the Stay Fold at work. Below is the same panel, first without Stay fold (air off, thankfully) and then (though a darker photo) with Stay fold. You can see the order this little wonder can elicit.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

What is it?

There has been copious excitement in the air about this little device, which is being installed at a customer's home tomorrow. It is certain to take the wind out of her sails, but in this case, that is a good thing! Let me know what you think it is and I'll post the answer in a few days. Window treatment professionals need not reply...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

All Sewn Up, LLC

In my opening post, I made reference to my window treatment design business, All Sewn Up, LLC. So, let me share a little background information about the company. Operating a window treatment business has been a dream of mine since my family was very young. At that time, however, I had no idea how to approach the business part of running a business...the visual and sewing aspects were already second nature. My friend, Sherri, who is an architecht, was quite used to my carrying around bits fabric that I found interesting while I discussed whatever project was currently under consideration for my home. Five years ago, she asked me to help her with a project for one of her clients. It was a large project involving a lot of windows. Half-way through the process, I realized it would be a lot easier to accomplish our project goals if I established my business. Having access to the right materials and tools would make things go more smoothly. So, I set my mind on learning how to open and operate a business and All Sewn Up was born. (I am grateful to Sherri for believing in me and to my husband, friends and family for their ongoing support!)

Things have progressed nicely since then. The company has experienced steady growth. This past year I stepped beyond my role as a business owner and became an employer. This meant there was more to learn, but has been worth it. With our five year anniversary approaching this October, All Sewn Up is more than ready to meet our customer's needs in the coming years.

A peek inside the workroom reveals Sandy working on a customer's project.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


To blog or not to blog...that has been the question of the my mind, at least. So, welcome to my blog. It is my goal to share with my readers the latest trends in window treatments and other soft home furnishings. This is an industry that is constantly evolving with amazing products being introduced on a regular basis. And I'd love to share my findings with you.

Even as I am inspired by all the lovely things I have at my disposal as a dresser of windows, I must confess, my own windows could use some garmets. My home suffers it's own shoeless cobbler's syndrome. The only logical solution would be for me to hire my own business, All Sewn Up, which has been actively creating adornments for my customer's homes. (But not my own, as my family will tell you.) The room in which I sit and type has an impressive picture window overlooking my tree lined backyard. I know that with proper attire that window could really make a statement. The added treatments would be the punctuation (the exclamation point), needed to make a commanding statement.

So, please join me, as I sit in my room with a view, and ponder all the beautiful ways in which a window can be dressed.