I grew up watching my mother sew. As an adult, I asked my mother if she taught me to sew. She told me I just picked up the craft by watching her. I sewed doll clothes and then clothes for myself. I made doll furniture out of cardboard and covered this with fabric. I never remember not sewing and have always had a love for fabric.
After I was married, not only did I make all of my clothes, I made suits for my husband as well. We had two sons and I made their clothes. Everything from bathing suits to blue jeans. Sewing has always been my creative outlet.In 1986 I left my corporate job to stay at home with our young sons. As they entered preschool and I had a little time alone, I began making curtains and window treatments for our home. The neighbors saw these and began asking for custom curtains. Using a bedroom in our home as a workroom, I started offering custom window treatments to the public. This was the start of Designs by Donna.
The business soon outgrew my small workroom. We bought a house and moved Designs by Donna out of our home. My business continues to evolve but my passion for sewing and working with fabric remains strong.
I also have a passion to help others learn the craft of sewing and design. I now offer private training on workroom fabrication techniques in my workroom or yours. I also present group seminars on many workroom, design, and business topics for the home décor industry.
I am a regular contributor to Drapery & Design Professional magazine and conduct webinars for Window Fashions Certified Professional Program. My memberships in Designers Workroom Council, Custom Home Furnishings Network, and Window Coverings Association of America, provide educational opportunities and important contacts with colleagues. Currently I am president of the WCAA Atlanta Chapter.
Questions? Call 770-967-6543 to set a consultation appointment or email me.