I hope your year has been a good one too and that 2018 brings you good health and much joy! At Designs by Donna my mission is: To use my passion, gifts, and abilities to bring joy and beauty into the lives of others through exquisite design, teaching, and sharing.
Working with difficult fabrics can be challenging and stressful unless you first determine your course of action. This is the second edition of working with difficult fabrics. I’ll show you how I used upholstery weight silk velvet to make narrow bands on silk taffeta panels. Now these are two fabrics that couldn’t be more incompatible. […]
Have you ever had to work with difficult fabrics? If you’ve been sewing for any length of time, you probably have. You know the ones. The slippery fabrics that move around the table by themselves. Or the loosely woven fabrics that begin to fray the moment you begin cutting. Or fabrics with a nap, such as velvet, where special […]
When making multi width drapery panels, adding an interlock stitch at the seams will help keep the seams lined up as they hang. Without this stitch the fabric layers may shift making the draperies look untidy or messy. Here are a few quick and easy steps to add an interlock stitch to your drapery panels. Work from […]
Fabric arriving at Designs by Donna is checked in and inspected as soon as it arrives. Doing so may avoid delays with the project if any flaws, inconsistencies in the repeat, or wrong yardage amounts are found upon inspection. And the same is true for drapery hardware received. There are a few things for you to check when your […]
The first set of Ripplefold draperies I made was probably about twenty years ago. It was wall to wall and floor to ceiling and it was a cranberry, textured cotton fabric. Yup, it’s true, I remember the exact color and texture! Oh, and it was made using blackout lining. And twenty years ago blackout linings […]
You may be wondering what a computer rendering is and why a computer rendering will bring a peace of mind when purchasing custom home goods. I’m a visual sort of person. It comes along as part of my job. I’m able to stand in your home, look at your windows and a piece of fabric […]
I love it when a designer tells me I’m a genius! That is what designer Deborah Hebert and her client said after hearing I would be able to provide hobbled roman shades valances for the bay window in a breakfast room. The problem, they thought, was the door on the right side which opens into […]
Every custom made window treatment is just that – custom. There is no such thing as a ‘standard’ window whether it be a single, double, or even triple window. Each window has a different measurement. That is why, at Designs by Donna, we draft a full size pattern for each of the window valances we […]
Tableaux faux wrought iron is a customizable, light weight interior design and window treatment product. Tableaux® provides the look and feel of wrought iron without the weight or cost.