Some of my favorite links:
Imagine taking a
digital picture of your client's windows and designing a treatment right
on the picture, showing design and fabric. It will sell the client every
time. The Dream Draper software is the best available for space planning
and window treatment design. As a bonus, it is lots of fun to play with.
Evan Marsh Designs, the authors of Dream Draper (DD), also carry Quick
Quote. An awesome quoting tool that drives off of QuickBooks. Free
yourself from the chore of bidding and give yourself more time to play
with designs. Evan Marsh Designs also hosts an interactive online forum
for DD customers to trade their tricks and experience with the software
and to share workroom questions and challenges in general.
|dreamDraper xChange Forum
|You are cordially invited to register and participate in the dreamDraper xChange forum. We encourage discussion on all aspects of the window fashions business, not just on dreamDraper products. As moderator, I love answering questions and helping with challenges.
|The Helser Brothers
|This is the go-to company for all your hardware needs. Their customer service is the best. They will work with you to overcome any and all hardware challenges. They are able to design and custom make metal rods and rod accessories to any shape or size. Of special note is their Composition hardware line and the online interactive software that allows you to design your own finials. Also, make their blog a favorite on your reading list. It is playful and very informative.
Park Place Interiors
Nearly one-hundred high-quality furnishings and accessories at great prices! Plus, they offer a paint discount program in conjunction with Sherwin-Williams Paints.
Adaptive Textiles™ offers direct pigment printing on a variety of natural and synthetic grounds. Supported by the world-class DuPont™ Artistri® service operation, our team has developed a production-capable digital solution for printed textiles. This technology offers brilliant colors, excellent color fastness, and superior print reliability. Applications include: home furnishings, apparel, and soft signage. From product development to production, Adaptive Textiles™ provides exactly what you need in short runs.
· Enjoy greater design flexibility (no screens).
· Experience on-demand printing with low inventory costs.
· Explore eco-friendly options for textile printing and distribution.
· Print your exclusive designs or customize our stock patterns.
· Benefit from our on-site workroom for samples and finished goods.
Professional Pattern Companies
Now Patterns is a line of custom drapery, curtain, window treatment, and
valance sewing patterns created by a professional custom workroom for
other workrooms. Decorate Now Patterns specializes in casually elegant
window treatments for today's busy lifestyle.
The patterns have been developed and tested in the workroom to meet the
exacting standards of custom work. Each pattern comes with two sets
of instructions--one full set and Decorate Now Pattern's unique Instructions
at a Glance.
The patterns include details not normally found in home sewing patterns,
such as double cording, layered buttons, extra fullness, wide ranges of
sizes, and other custom touches. The pattern line includes Timeless
Classics, Fun & Contemporary, and a selection of DN Originals designs.
company offers a wide selection of full-size patterns which encompass
many of the custom designs that are popular today. They offer a Digest
of designs for use with your clients, and their customer service is very
company also offers a wide variety of full-size custom decorative patterns.
Detailed instructions include fabric computation and suggestions for Owner
is Joan Willis, author of Arched Window Treatments. Patterns Plus conducts
seminars at most of the major trade shows.
patterns for creative and unusual treatments.
Home Furnishings Academy
resource for professional training, newsletter and products. It features
an exceptional forum for workrooms to interact. Depending on the forum registration level you choose, you also receive up to six fabrication/business webinars per year and the hard-copy bi-monthly magazine. Also features a store
with video classes and special workroom supplies. A must on your favorites
about Slipcovers. Not only is there professional support for those who
make slipcovers on the forum, but there is a directory of slipcovers professionals
that the consumer can use to contact someone to make a slipcover for them;
calendar of slipcover classes going on around the country; and links to
vendors and sites that might be of interest to the consumer and the professional;
is a manufacturer of tabling equipment for the drapery industry. Clamping
bars, edge rules and sizing guides can be ordered to fit each persons
individual tabling needs. Popular items include the fabric bolt cart and
the rolled goods tree.
|Window Coverings News
|A bi-monthly online magazine full of excellent articles on business, fabrication and design news.
|Workroom Association of America
The Workroom Association of America was formed to strengthen and support the artisans who are so vital to the soft coverings industry. Their mission is to bring value added programs and benefits to the workroom trade. In addition, their goal is to provide a voice to the needs and concerns of people whose skills are the cornerstone of our industry as they use their talents to turn raw materials into saleable products.
is a comprehensive site for those interested in the art of upholstery.
It includes links to other sites, an interactive forum, bookstore and
Workroom Supply Companies.
carries a full line of quality linings and interlinings. They also carry
a line of quality batiste sheers. Their customer service is what sets
them apart in a busy industry. Look for the candy in every bolt of fabric.
Thread & Supply
this company carries a wide range of workroom supplies as well as industrial
electric shears, steamers, sewing machines and irons.
company is a full service workroom. They also carry a multitude of workroom
supplies, as well as Graber & Kirsch hardware. They truck their own
merchandise, saving you the shipping fees. I find them especially convenient
when ordering oversized rods and a mix of Graber & Kirsch hardware.
on your list of vendors. A very comprehensive supply company for workroom
and installation products at very reasonable prices. Wonderful people
to work with and excellent customer service. Online ordering available
through their website.
business requires the handling of many different fabrics and blends. Understanding
the differences between fabrics may help in choosing appropriate fabrics
for functionality and handling the fabrics both in the workrooms and on
site. These links offer a wealth of information on fibers and terms.
family business of making fine Ohio wines was begun by my grandfather,
Albert Klingshirn, after prohibition. My father, Allan Klingshirn, built
a tradition of quality wines at affordable prices. My brother, Lee Klingshirn,
is the third generation Wine Master, and has added many quality wines
and champagnes to their stock. Check out the history of the business
and learn some interesting details about different varieties of grapes.
Klingshirn Winery also offers custom labels. Print your own special
message on the label of a bottle of wine. If you live in Ohio, you can
order wine on-line to be shipped to your home. If you are traveling
from out of state, make it a point to stop by and sample some award
winning wine. This site also links you to other Ohio wineries.
site was developed by Neil Klingshirn, specializing in employment law.
This site allows you to research some FAQs about
employment law and provides a link to employment lawyers across the
My Friends in creative
Gomola specializes in two styles of dimensional embroidery. Both styles
are surface stitchery. The first, Brazilian, is a modern
technique that began in the 1960s. The two definitive
features of Brazilian are the use of dimensional stitches and all of
the work is done with Z-twisted rayon thread. The second
style, Stumpwork, was originally done about 1650 to 1700. Many of the
historic pieces were done by young girls at the culmination of their
embroidery education. Definitive features of Stumpwork include the use
of wire, various techniques to create dimensional details, the inclusion
of a tremendous amount of detail, and the use of figures. Marsha
creates as much realistic detail as possible with the goal of creating
flowers and butterflies as realistically as possible. Her latest work
includes the use of birds, specifically our own Ohio cardinal.
goal of this site is to help to educate you with the Bernina artista
Software and Machine. There are designs to exchange as well
as design swaps. You will also find projects and tips,
and access to interactive classes. This site is owned by Reneah Raffay.
She has owned the artista software from its inception. She resides
in Northern Ohio and instructs the artista software nationwide.