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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
How To Mix Patterns Like A Pro Mixing fabric patterns can make or break a room design. This article will get you up to speed allowing you to choose just the right fabrics for your rooms.
As a soft home furnishings designer and fabricator, I am passionate about embellishing my creations. This embellishment I call the Flowing Flower Embellishment and I use this on drapery panels, window valances, or pillow covers, just to name a few. The source for my flowing flower inspiration was this picture of a sweater in a […]