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An interview style podcast with people in the Custom Home Furnishings industry.

An interview style podcast with people in the Custom Home Furnishings industry.
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An interview style podcast with people in the Custom Home Furnishings industry.




174 - Best of - Re Release of My interview with Tracie Bresnahan

The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by; The Workroom Channel Scarlet Thread Consulting The WCAA Helser Brothers, Inc Tracie N. Bresnahan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Apparel Engineering and a Master’s degree in Quality Assurance Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University. She worked in the apparel and the consumer products industries for 12 years. Tracie opened Custom Creations in 1996, fabricating custom window treatments and accessories. With her engineering...


173 - Sophia Lawrie - We Can't Do All The Work In Town!

Sophia Lawrie has been the owner of a to the trade drapery workroom since 1988, servicing Metro Atlanta and designers out of state. She has a degree in Economics and worked in the corporate world in Human Resources and later at an advertising agency. When her youngest son was an infant, he developed a concerning medical condition and she knew that she could not return to the corporate world and needed to find a career that would allow her to stay home. She has sewed her entire life and was...


172 - Bianca Henry - I Just Keep It Moving!

Bianca Henry is the owner of Impressions Drapery Designs, Inc in Durham, NC, which opened up in 2002. She is a member of the local WCAA Chapter where currently serves as president. In her spare time, she loves to bake and spend time with her children, Caleb and Jamesa. Bianca’s passion for draperies has given her a happiness that makes her career enjoyable, even during the stressful times; she wouldn’t trade it for anything else. Bianca is on Facebook and Instagram. The Sew Much More...


171 - Laura Nelson - I'm Like As Good As Santa Claus!

Since 1994, Laura Nelson has been the owner of Sew Nice, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, specializing in soft and hard window treatments, slipcovers and other soft home furnishings. Sew Nice is a Woman-Owned Business Entity (WBE) with the State of Indiana; Laura is a WFCP Workroom Specialist and active member of WCAA, currently the program chair for the Indiana Chapter and Secretary for the Board of Directors. A graduate of Purdue University in Restaurant Management, Laura worked in...


170 - OPPORTUNITY THINKING Series - CWC 19 Recap

I had such a great time at CWC this year, my first time as an exhibitor! I've been there every year so now I have been an attendee, an instructor and now an exhibitor! I wanted to share some of my thoughts and experiences with everyone. Resources and Links; Custom Workroom Conference Michele Williams - Scarlet Thread Consulting This series of the Podcast is brought to you by; The Curtains & Soft Furnishings Resource Library which hosts the industry’s largest curated collection of...


169 - Leisha Schutt - No One Is Hiring Me, So I'll Hire Myself!

Leisha Schutt is the owner of LHS Designs, a to-the-trade workroom working with Interior Designers in the greater Richmond, VA area. Leisha’s love for textiles led her to pursue a degree in Textile Design. This degree has served her well through different phases of her life. Leisha spent several years working in the Apparel Industry before shifting her focus to the Window Treatment Industry and in 2009 when she opened LHS Designs. In addition to running the business, Leisha is a member of...


168 - Kristen Stevenson - The Next Generation in the Family Business

Kristen Stevenson is the daughter of Joan & Dave Stevenson, owners of Stevenson Vestal, a custom drapery workroom in Burlington, NC. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art and a minor in Music, Kristen followed her passion for creative work, learning to make Roman Shades at Stevenson Vestal. Enamored by the intricacies of custom soft goods, she began promoting her workroom photography online. Since then, Kristen has rebranded the company through logo...


167 - Cathy Stitch - Everything Is Interrelated and It All Comes Together

Originally from Wisconsin, Cathy Stitch, owner of Cathy's Curtains and Accessories is the 3rd oldest of eight children & learned to sew at age 8. Cathy believes she has this right brain/left brain dichotomy – loving sports (especially the Packers), Math, science, art & crafts. Two years of college were focused on Art & Design & 2 were spent in business & accounting. In its 27 years, her business has been located in 5 different cities. Cathy has been married to her husband, Jim for 38 years &...



Hope Arbery, the founder of QUIPA, is on a mission to help custom drapery workrooms work better! QUIPA is an online tool designed specifically for workrooms to save them massive amounts of time and to dramatically increase their profits. Imagine… yardage calculations, pricing, and work orders done instantly! Imagine… no more costly calculation errors or having to duplicate information. Imagine… everything organized in one place and customized for how you run YOUR workroom. This is...


165 - Re-release of Susan Kostelecky's Podcast

In 1995 Susan Kostelecky began SK Designs, an award-winning custom window treatment design and fabricating company serving the greater Houston area. Susan has designed and fabricated hundreds of window treatments, including many featured in Houston area home tours. Susan has served as President of the Houston Area Custom Drapery Association, is a WFCP-Expert and often presents seminars to other workroom and design groups. In 2006 Susan founded The Custom Sewing Institute, which produced...


164 - Kendra Hays - I've Had To Embrace The Chaos of Our Life!

Kendra Hays, the owner of Cloudberry Drapery Studio is the wife of her video game loving husband Marcus and mother to four amazing kids, and her passion for sewing came from her mother. In her early 20's her love for home decor sewing took off when she was given her first sewing machine. She filled her new home with various curtains and bedding. One of her first projects was her oldest sons nursery! Her work has evolved through the years and she loves collaborating with and inspiring her...


163 - Sue Sifakis - I'm Always Able To Get Back Up On My Feet

Sue Sifakis started SUESEWN in 1995. She attended Cheryl Stricklands's week-long class on how to run a drapery business in 1994. She also attended CHF classes and was on an advisory committee for the CHF magazine a few years. She was part of the Alumni showcase in 2010. She has also attended Slipcover Networking Workshops as well as numerous conferences to learn more. Sue has been a member of the Eastern Massachusetts WCAA Chapter since 2006 and she has held officer positions such as...


162 - Nancy Bramwell - I Still Look At Every Job as An Opening Night

After earning her BFA in Costume Design, Nancy Bramwell opened Bramwell Designs, a special event décor business. Using fabric as her primary material, she created fantastical environments that wowed guests and lead a typical client to exclaim: “It’s one of the pleasures of my job to have an idea, turn it over to someone as talented and creative as you are, and get such a spectacular return product.” In the mid-90s, one of her special event clients asked Nancy to create window treatments...


OPPORTUNITY THINKING SERIES - The Printed Table Canvas story With Jeanelle Dech and Anita Boetsma

On a sofa in the basement apartment of Cheryl Strickland’s home, and a few days later on a flight to Tampa, FL, for the 2005 International Window Coverings Expo, Jeanelle and Anita Boetsma chatted about their work in the custom home furnishings industry. Anita shared her idea of having a printed work table grid to replace the difficult process of hand-marking table canvas with indelible markers. "Can your company print on canvas that is 72" wide? Can that print be as simple as a numbered...


160 - Callie Bullock Revisited!

Thanks to my Corporate Sponsors; The Window Covering Association of America Scarlet Thread Consulting The Workroom Channel Callie is the owner of Draped and Tailored, a new fabrication studio in Little Rock, AR. Working mostly with the Trade, she creates everything from draperies and pillows, to bedding and Roman shades. By the age of 30, she had several upscale projects in her portfolio, including the Arkansas Governor's Mansion and country music star, Justin Moore. Callie has an...


159 - Jessie Lee Miller - You Just Have to Rest in The Imperfection of Time

Jessie Lee Miller owns a custom workroom in Winston-Salem, North Carolina aptly named “Winston’s Workroom.” The one-person workroom was established in 2017 and serves both trade and retail clients. The workroom operates as a part-time business so that she can care for her three small children. Jessie Lee has lived in Winston-Salem since 2001 when she moved to attend college at Wake Forest University. She met and married her husband there and also worked at the university until her...


158 - Rachel Fletcher and Audrey Lonsway talk about the new National Upholstery Association

There is a new group in town! The National Upholstery Association is looking to gather the professionals in the Upholstery Industry and support and encourage them. Rachel Fletcher and Audrey Lonsway are the new President and Vice President of the NUA. Rachel Fletcher owns Knox Upholstery in Knoxville, Tennessee. With a bachelor's degree in communications from Millikin University, her career before upholstery included marketing, advertising and promotional events. Rachel learned how to...


157 - OPPORTUNITY THINKING SERIES Renee Rucci and Julie Wood

An interior designer's best friend! Julie began her career as an Art Educator. An avid interest in interior design led her to enroll in the Interior Design program at New Hampshire Institute of Art. While at NHIA, her love of fabric and sewing translated perfectly into a career creating window treatments. Since she launched her business in 2006, she has specified her services largely to the interior designer. Julie enjoys assisting designers in creating spaces for clients that far exceed...


156 - Linda Erlam - I Like To See Things Through

Linda started sewing Home Decor because there wasn't anyone else in her community doing it. Shortly after starting to sew home decor, she took the New York Institute of Art and Design course and was then able to offer design, construction and installation services which she continues to offer today. In the last few years, she has added color specialist to her portfolio. She also writes a home-decor related newspaper column, has written 3 decorating made simpler books, over 700 How-to shorts,...


155 - WCAA Executive Director - Renee Williamson and Marketing and Membership Director - Susie Tanner

Joining me today on the Podcast today are Renee Williamson, Executive Director of the Window Covering Association of America and Susie Tanner, Marketing and Membership Director. Whether you are a member of WCAA or not, I loved learning more about how our association is run. Renee Williamson is a native of Augusta, Georgia and now lives in beautiful Wilmington, NC. With over 20 years of leadership experience in the non-profit and for-profit sector, Renee brings a wealth of knowledge to...