Susan Woodcock

Professional Window Treatments: Linings to Finishing Touches

Susan Woodcock
  • In-depth Instruction; over 173 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
  • Access to class Q&A
Meet custom drapery expert and returning Craftsy instructor Susan Woodcock. Susan shares a sneak peek of the custom drapery techniques you'll learn in class and discusses considerations for selecting the best type of lining (or linings) for your fabric.
Compare various types of interlinings, which add valuable insulation and structure to your window treatments. Susan explains how interlinings differ from garment fabrics, shares pros and cons of varying types, and helps you select an interlining that will work best for your projects.
Discover ways to combine linings and interlinings to create an ideal insulation, light diffusion and drape for your projects. Join layers, with or without a serger, and learn high-end techniques like interlocking layers by hand and the French blackout style.
Gain an overview of common interfacings and stabilizers, as well as the best ways to adhere and incorporate them into your designs. Next, discover ways to use buckram, which can help you master crisp, sophisticated pleats.
Help your window treatments stay in place and drape neatly with the use of weights. Learn about the benefits of square, rounded, triangular and sausage-bead varieties, as well as how to find lead or lead-free types. You'll also gain techniques for hiding weights behind your fabric.
Mounting window treatments onto boards can seem like a complex process, but Susan shows you how to create a professional product with ease. Susan explains where to find boards and what size or sizes you'll need. Next, learn what tools and materials you'll need before securing your valance.
Learn a second method for securing valances to boards, which consists of securing the board and fabric with Velcro strips. Susan shows you how to cover the board and measure and sew the banding onto your valance. Next, learn some fun industry secrets that help prevent flaring.
Put the finishing touches onto your custom-made draperies using Susan's professional techniques. Learn when to use pins or clips to secure your treatments onto rings, hang your curtains neatly and evenly and dress your draperies with tailored, flowing, casual or formal looks.
 
 
8 Lessons
2  hrs 53  mins

Conquer curtain sewing and invigorate your home décor with custom window treatments that capture the decorator-quality look you want! Join drapery expert Susan Woodcock and demystify the internal pieces that will give your window treatments a polished look, so you can create curtains that go beyond great fabric. During class, you’ll learn about linings and interlinings, so you can pick the type of each that’s best for you. Then, Susan will teach you how to merge layers, with or without a serger, and share popular methods like interlocking and French blackout. Once you’ve tackled your layers, you’ll learn to use welt-cord and weights for curtains that drape neatly, and Susan will demonstrate two easy ways to mount your valance. Plus, get tips for dazzling finishing touches that will style your draperies even further!

Susan Woodcock

Susan Woodcock has owned her own custom drapery workroom for more than 25 years, offering sewing services, custom window treatments and interior design expertise. She's the author of the comprehensive how-to book "Singer Sewing Custom Curtains, Shades and Top Treatments," and shares her passion through Home Dec Gal, a home decorating website. Together with her husband, Rodger Walker, Susan also co-produces the Custom Workroom Conference, an educational event and trade show. Her latest venture is the Custom Workroom Technical Center, a hands-on training facility for custom window treatment and soft furnishings, in Tryon, North Carolina.

Susan Woodcock

Bonus materials available after purchase