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During this week-long intensive course, you will to learn how to make a range of furnishings. These will include: Handmade interlined Curtains, Machined Curtains and Roman Blinds. We will also cover the making of scatter cushions and pelmets. The course will also cover business elements.

DAY ONE

A professional Roman Blind
Measuring – what you need to measure and things to be wary of
Info you need to ask a customer
Calculating fabric
Pattern placement
Fabric choice
Hardware options and suppliers
Fitting blinds
Calculation of rod pockets – Regular and Cascading folds
Make up of a blind – look at making options
How to interline a blind and work with different linings
Embellishments – adding trims, braids and borders
Adding side flaps
Child safety – options available
Bay windows and awkward-shaped windows

DAY TWO

Morning – Machined Curtains
Measuring for curtains
Calculating fabric – pattern repeats and half drop repeats
Choosing linings/heading tapes – suppliers
Preparing and checking fabrics
Pinning out and cutting fabric
Joining widths of fabric
Hemming – look at different methods/options
Make up machined curtain
Curtain weights

Afternoon – Cushion Making
How to calculate fabric
Pattern placement
Tools to help
Making bias, piping and joining piping
Supplies for cushion making
Zip insertion
Embellishments

DAY THREE

Hand sewn interlined curtains
Choosing interlining
Attaching interlining and lining
Calculating fabric for pleats
Pleating to pattern
Adding embellishments
Chain stitching to secure lining

DAY FOUR

Business Day
Quotes – dealing with customers
HMRC responsibilities
Record keeping
Suppliers – 2 supplier visits for fabric/sundries
Terms and Conditions (with template)
Websites
Social media
Deposits
Bank accounts
Taking payments
Advertising
What to buy

DAY FIVE

Fitting Day and making a pelmet
What you need to consider when fitting
Fitting a blind and a curtain pole/track
Sourcing suitable hardware
Making a pelmet
Proportions – blinds, pelmets, and valances
This course includes:

Materials required for the week
Refreshments throughout the day including lunch
Use of any equipment needed
Comprehensive notes to take home together with your products

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