Bonus: Addendum Page
Writing this book was a journey into uncharted territory. Learning and defining the engineering concepts of swag patterns has never truly been attempted before. As such, I am still learning new things every time I fabricate a swag. The purpose of this page is to expand on the information found in the book, as well as clarify any points which were confusing or ambiguous. Once you receive your book, place the addendum page in your favorites list and check back periodically for additional information or to share some of your insights. Click here to access the Addendum page.
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Read what workroom fabricators and designers are saying about the Professional Workroom Handbook of Swags:
I have to ditto Ann Middlebrook's
comment about Ann Johnson's instructions. I realize everyone has adopted their
own approach at making swags...but...you will NEVER go wrong using her instructions.
There is no possible way the swag will turn out the wrong size. I have used
purchased patterns and frankly, I don't like them. Having said that though,
even if you were to use any other pattern system out there, having the knowledge
that Ann shares in her publication is a great backup to whatever system you
Every time I do a different
kind of swag, I know that I take a huge step towards a brighter, more profitable
future. When I first thought of buying your book - I almost didn't because it
seemed spendy but it sure has been worth every penny. It is 4 types of pattern
(and every size included!). Thanks.
I have read your book from
cover to cover and highlighted several items for future reference. I am soooooo
glad I purchased the book. It has made me feel comfortable about knowing and
understanding swags. I realize I will need to practice my troubleshooting skills
and have already realized why I had the problems I did in the past. What a
I also LOVE Ann's Swag Book--it
is my bible for swags. I will never go back to any other method. Everything
turns out perfect every time. I simply amaze myself sometimes, with a little
help from Ann's book. I can tackle swags with confidence. Thanks
Ann, I finally got a job
with some swags and I got to use your book! I had to take some larger swags
off a cornice and reused them to make board mounted swags. I drafted my new
pattern and cut them out of the old swags. They were perfect (the fabric wasn't
but that's another story!). Just thought I would let you know how much your
book helped me. It was right on the money.
Ann, I took your class and
bought your swag book at the conference last Sept. Yesterday I had the oportunity
to make my first pattern. I made a mock up last night and it turned out exactly
how I had envisioned it. I had originally bought
a pattern, but when I took it out and looked at it I knew it was not going to
turn out with the look that I wanted. So I dragged out your book, my weight
chain and a sample board and got to work. I figured if I blew it I could always
go back to the pattern. The results are fabulous. And
this is for a very expensive silk that is on its way here. I feel much more
confident in tackling this job.
Ann, I have just received
my copy of your Professional Workroom Handbook of Swags and wanted to tell you
that I am absolutely delighted. One of my biggest frustrations with all
the books out there is that the instructions tell you to do something without
telling you why you need to do it. I am the type of person who has to know why.
You have so clearly explained both the why and how.
Move over Lady Caroline Wrey and Merrick & Day!
I have read Ann's book from
cover to cover, and it is invaluable. It covers board mounted swags, cut out/pole
swags, drapery/necklace swags, and scarf swags. I am anxiously waiting for Volume
Professional Workroom Handbook of Swags, Volume 1,is a fabulously well written,
thorough and even ingenious work. I am so impressed by how well Ann Johnson
explains such a complicated topic. I am so impressed that one person even knows
"Ann has used her extensive
knowledge of the window fashion industry to write a comprehensive, easy to follow
manual on the fabrication of basic swags and some of its variations. This is
a "must have" for the serious-minded workroom professional as well
as for anyone who is just getting into the business. Ann's swag system results
in perfect swags every time without the use of expensive templates or equipment.
The Appendices alone are worth the price of the book. I don't think I'll ever
use the swag templates or buy another swag pattern again. That's how much I
like Anns system."
"Great attention to
detail! Ann breaks the pattern making of swags down into minute increments that
are very easy to understand. Diagrams, photographs and tips are very helpful.
Information in this book is not only useful in the fabrication of swags, but
in the design and selling of them. An A+!"
"Finally, a book on
the basics of swag fabrication that a novice can follow! I love how it addresses
what are considered to be industry standards. This is everything you always
wanted to know about swag fabrication and more. Its wonderful how it explains
the result from choosing different fabrication techniques. It educates enough
so that I can quickly and efficiently draft my own swag patterns to achieve
specific results. It takes all the guesswork out of swag fabrication. One of
the best features of this book is the Troubleshooting. If you make any mistakes
during fabrication, it tells you how to fix them as efficiently as possible.
"Ann Johnson's 'The
Professional Workroom Handbook of Swags Volume I' is the most comprehensive
book on creating swags that I have ever encountered. It is equally valuable
to new window fashions fabricators as well as seasoned veterans. For the beginning
fabricator, this book is an excellent primer on fabricating swags. It takes
you from design all the way through to installation, addressing every conceivable
issue that might come up. Where judgement comes into play, defaults are given
to take the guess work out for newbies, while more experienced fabricators can
build on their own experiences to make the best decision for their project.
The reference charts for calculating yardage and the bottom curve chart for
calculating trim will save you countless hours and expensive mistakes, making
this an invaluable resource for fabricators as well as designers. No matter
what method you are using now, you will be designing and making more beautiful
swags after you purchase this book."
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