Seminars

Calculate Fabric Yardages Fast!      ****  NEW FOR 2020  *****

Are you spending too much time calculating fabric yardages for quotes?  I will show you how to develop     >

Crutches, Time Wasters & Myths    

I am all about efficiency in your workroom.  Allow me to point out the crutches, myths and time wasting      >

 

Conquering Difficult Fabrics

I bring a wealth of tips and techniques for handling many of the difficult and unstable fabrics we             >

 

Hand Stitching

This is a fun, hands-on class where you practice over six different hand stitches while learning when and   >

 

Large Jobs in a Small Workroom

A large job might mean oversized components or a large quantity of the same item.  Small workrooms       >

 

Make It Work!  Creative Solutions For Workroom Disasters

What were they thinking?!  How often have we thought that about the builder, the designer, the client        >

 

Flawless Installs

The goal for every installation appointment is to appear on time and install a perfect treatment in minimal  >

 

Tabling Low-Bulk Drapery Panels Efficiently

Like all processes in a workroom, there are several different methods to achieve the end result.  We           >

 

Secrets to Perfect Fabric Cording & Bandings

 Fabric cording is often an essential element to a treatment – whether highlighting the shape of the            >

 

Grow With Confidence! 

Every successful business will experience a growth spurt at some time - whether planned or not.                 >

 

Know your Worth

Do you truly value yourself and your place in your business?  Do you understand that your value is             >

 

Mock Hobbled Shade Valance

The mock hobbled valance is a cornice with beautiful, soft horizontal folds.  The steps to construct this     >

 

Essential Workroom Tools & Supplies

The right tools and supplies enable a workroom to perform fabrication tasks efficiently while increasing     >

 

Sheers, Lace & Casements

Sheer, lace and casement fabrics create light and airy treatments that soften the window and filter light.     > 

 

Rock the Math!

Math is a vital tool in the workroom.  Many math equations can be plugged into excel worksheets or           >

 

Workroom Layout

When was the last time you looked at your workroom with a critical eye?  Whether you work in a small       >

 

The Designer's Guide to Window Treatments

This class is directed specifically to designers and not workrooms.  Many design courses barely touch on  >

 

Surviving A Growth Spurt

Are you just a little hesitant to grow your business in case it grows too quickly?  Join me as I tell you how   >

 

Workroom Tips & Techniques 

This popular fast-paced class offers many tips and techniques in fabrication and workroom procedures      >

 

The Anatomy of a Swag

Based on 'The Professional Workroom Handbook of Swags, Volume I,' this is THE class on swag pattern    >

 

Historical Pattern Drafting Techniques for the Modern Workroom 

The Victorian drapers were masters at manipulating fabric to create fullness without bulk.  I introduce         >

 

Returns - The Finishing Touch

Every window treatment looks best when it is finished with a return.  This includes closure on the side of    >

 

Machine Maintenance

Your industrial sewing machines are amazing in their ability to run hard and long. But they can only serve  >

 

Handling Bulk

Bulky fabrics and layers are a challenge for every workroom.  In this seminar, we'll talk about how to           >

 

Paperless Pattern Drafting for Box Pleated Valances

Box pleated valances, both with straight and shaped bottoms, are simple to cut without paper patterns.      >

 

Point to Point Drapery Swags

This is my favorite swag to design and fabricate.  It is a surprisingly  versatile swag and can be used to       >

 

Miscellaneous Topics:

I have over 20 topics for your chapter event or day-long seminar.  

Don't see the topic you need?  Send me suggestions! 

Each of these topics is a 1.5 to 3 hour presentation. They can be presented live or in webinar format. Mix and match topics for a custom presentation tailored to the specific interests of your group.  

 

Click on each title below for details of the topic.                                                     Click to print detailed list

Testimonials

Ann, your class was fabulous.  You explained everything so well and made it so clear.  Thank you!

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Ann K. Johnson

Avon Lake, OH 44012

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