Sue Fresconi, Elizabeth Gerdes, me, and Monique Becker arriving at CHF on Saturday morning
On the second day, we weren't quite as bright eyed but still excited to work more on our treatments. Not suprisingly, some of us had things about our treatments that were not turning out the way we had expected. And yes, I was one of those people.
My treatment, as it was originally designed, had a contrasting leading edge on a drapery panel with crystal buttons along this edge. However, when I started to fabricate it, I couldn't get the buttons attached as tightly as I had envisioned, and they were pointing down. We brainstormed and came up with the solution to put a gathered contrast band on top of the original contrast band to support the crystal buttons.
Me, Terri Booser (CHF) and Ann Johnson (Author and CHF Instructor) working on my treatment.
Cheri Mulhare captured the actual brainstorming taking place in this photo! Can you see the gray matter churning?
I liked this look even better than what I had orinally designed, because the crystal buttons were much more visible against the blue silk than they would have been against the silver.
Blue silk panels with double contrasting lead edge, embellished with crystal buttons
The other change we made to my treatment was to construct them using the english method of fabrication. This involves constructing the panel by hand sewing. This method of fabrication is for high end treatments; by doing this, you don't see any stitching on the front of the panel. It's a beautiful effect. Obviously this took more time to accomplish, but not to fear! The industry rock stars were there, ready to help.
Susan Woodcock, Drapery Rock Star, hand sewing my panel
Now seriously....where else but at the CHF Alumni Showcase Weekend would I find Susan Woodcock handsewing my treatment for me?! That was way cool!
I did help though....I didn't make Susan do ALL of my hand sewing. :)
Threading the needle
Hand pleating the contrasting leading edge band
Stay tuned for my next post tomorrow detailing our last day at CHF...and then for the BIG REVEAL later live from IWCE in Las Vegas on Tuesday!