Difficult Fabrics – Silk Velvet Banding on Drapery Lead Edge

The difficult fabrics narrow band looks beautiful.

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. […]

Patchwork chair seats – the challenges, fun, & following my gut.

Patchwork chair seats

Patchwork chair seats and following your gut.  You may be wondering how these can possibly be related.  Well, really, they aren’t.  Except that because I followed my gut I created these one of a kind chair seats for the sample room here at Designs by Donna.  And I really like them much better than my original […]

Bolster Pillow With Contrast Button Ends

A pool noodle inside the pillow makes for easy insertion of the button twine into the pillow.

I love a bolster pillow with sunburst ends. Depending on the fabric you use, the ends will either create a pleated sunburst or more casual gathered sunburst as in the photo below. Once you gather the fabric into the center of the bolster pillow ends, you will have a small hole in the center.   […]

12 Tried and True Paint Colors

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