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WORKROOM CENTRAL & SCHEDULE
Join Us at Workroom Central for a Hands-On Experience!

Workroom Central is the place that brings the industry full circle. Annually, designers, fabricators, installers, and upholsters gravitate toward the booth to be inspired by the creative aspects of vignettes, gain valuable information from instructional presentations and learn new skills during hands-on demonstrations. This is also where beautiful fabrics, trims, hardware, and supplies our vendors so generously donate are brought to life by the artisans and showcased in their final form. Over the years, due to the visual and interactive aspects of the booth, it has become a gathering place to meet new friends, reminisce with old ones, and share our knowledge and vision of what’s to come.

Interested in donating products? Please email Workroom Central Director Sandra VanSickle at sandra@sandravansickle.com. Thank you for your consideration.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

10:00 AM

Design to Install


Presented by: Cathy Tucker

Location: Workroom Table

Conference attendees become the artisans in this special Design to Install Project! Cathy, known as The Traveling Workroom Temp, will guide attendees through the steps of taking a client's project from design to install. After Cathy explains the steps, attendees will begin working on the chosen design during the course of the day. This is a great hands-on learning experience! We invite attendees to watch, ask questions and help create this beautiful treatment. Upon completion, it will be put on display. 

10:30 AM

Scissors 101: Choosing the Right Tool for the Right Job

Presented by:  Caleb Snead

Location: Hands-On Tables

Caleb will walk through the anatomy of a pair of scissors and how to choose the correct pair of scissors based off the type of cut and material being cut.

11:00 AM

Programming R-TEC Automation Draperies and Shades in 5 Easy Steps

Presented by: Donna Cash

Locarion: Rowley Wall

Learn to program draperies and shades to work individually or together using single-channel or multichannel hand-held remotes.

11:30 AM

Pleat and Space Calculations Made Easy

Presented by: Ann K. Johnson

Location: Eyes & Ears Presentation

Calculating the size of and marking pleats and spaces on a panel can sometimes be a challenge. Ann provides a step-by-step process and worksheet for calculations and quick tips to mark the panel for pleating.

12:00 PM

The Ins and Outs of Creating a French Mattress Cushion

 

Presented by: Connie Valente

Location: Hands-On Tables

Connie presents a few tips for creating a French mattress.

12:30 PM

Sewing Shade Rings With a Sewing Machine

Presented by: Joann Wieberdink

Location: Eyes & Ears Presentation

  • Joann will demonstrate how to sew shade rings on with a sewing machine with no pinholes of light.

1:00 PM

Custom Embellishments for Pillows, Panels, Bedding and More

Presented by: Donna Cash

Location: Hands-On Tables

In this hands-on presentation, Donna will inspire you to take your custom products to the next level to wow your customers. The attendees will make a custom embellishment of their own that may be used on a pillow, a panel, bedding or any other custom product.

1:30 PM

Workroom Efficiency

Presented by: Carol Dykhouse

Location: Eyes & Ears Presentation

How to have your workroom work more efficiently.

2:30 PM

Professionally Finished Cornices

Presented by: Linda Tully

Location: Hands-On Tables

Linda will demonstrate how to finish the corners of cornices with welt and facing. She will explain how to remove the extra bulk out of the corners and get a smooth finish on the inside and returns for the most professional finish inside and out. You get to practice on small samples to bring the lesson home. Linda will also show how to finish shaped cornices and how to avoid puckers on the face.

3:30 PM

Workroom Table Talk

Panelists: Cathy Tucker, Ann Johnson, Carlette Cormier, Sandra VanSickle

Location: Workroom Table

If only our workroom tables could talk! Moderated by Elizabeth Gerdes, our four panelists—Cathy Tucker, Ann Johnson, Carlette Cormier and Sandra VanSickle—will come together to share what it's been like being a workroom owner over the years and what valuable lessons it's taught them. With a combined 125-plus years of fabricating around a workroom table, you can be sure there are stories to tell, experiences to share and advice to be given. Join us for this lively discussion! 

4:30 PM

Taking the Guesswork Out of Mock Roman Valances

Presented by: Kristen Vince

Location: Eyes & Ears Presentation

Kristen will show you how to make a quic- mock roman valance and how to quote fabric at a glance.

Friday, April 21, 2023

10:00 AM

Understanding Half-Drop Repeats

Presented by: Ann K. Johnson

Location: Eyes & Ears Presentation

Ann presents a very easy, methodical method of analyzing half-drop pattern repeats in order to determine if the fabric is a straight match or a drop match that requires A-B cuts. Always add one additional repeat to every fabric quote and you will never be caught short on a half-drop fabric again.

10:30 AM

Programing Motorized Shades

Presented by: Sandra VanSickle

Location: Workroom Table

This session is reserved for students who took the "Motorization Roman Shade" Seminar on Thursday.
In this hands-on session, students will have the opportunity to program a motorized Roman shade.

11:00 AM

ColorWorks Digital Print Program by RM COCO

 

Presented by: RM Coco

Location: Eyes & Ears Presentation

Join Heath Watson as he explains the ColorWorks program by RM COCO, which allows you to become the fabric designer.
in this session learn how you can create your own exclusive prints and patterns on an exquisite selection of luxurious base fabrics. Choose from silk, sateen, viscose, linen, linen blends, and cotton.  You can design your own artwork, choose one of RM COCO’s, or have them design something for you. All they need is your idea!

11:30 AM

Patterns From Templates

Presented by: Carlette Cormier

Location: Patterns From Templates

Make a template for arched pinch pleats and turn it into a pattern.

12:30 PM

How to Use an iPad in the Drapery Business

Presented by: Anna Davis

Location: Eyes & Ears Presentation

How to measure, do work orders and use the iPad in the drapery business. Shortcuts we all need to know.

1:30 PM

How to Cut and Make Welt

Presented by: Linda Tully

Location: Hands-On Tables

We will demonstrate when and how to cut welt on the bias or straight grain and have you follow along with your kits. Then we will show how to make top welt for valances or cornices, bottom welt with attached facing for cornices, and double welt. 

2:00 PM

Upsell With Point-to-Point Drapery Swags

Presented by: Ann K. Johnson

Location: Eyes & Ears Presentation

The Point-to-Point drapery swag is a beautiful custom add-on to drapery panels.  Ann's simple steps to drawing your own pattern and techniques for fabrication make these swags a very profitable up-sell for you.

2:30 PM

Roman Shade Savvy Part 2

Presented by: Sandra VanSickle

Roman Shade Savvy Part 2 is reserved for students that took the "Roman Shade Savvy" Seminar on Wednesday.
In this hands-on session, students will learn how to assemble a sample shade with ribs.

3:00 PM

Ripplefold and Beyond

Presented by: Nina Zheleva

Location: Eyes & Ears Presentation

A new approach to Ripple Fold panels. Challenges and solutions for every case.

4:00 PM

Double-Layered Mitered Banding

Presented by: Cathy Tucker

Location: Hands-On Tables

Layering banding on banding has become a popular embellishment for treatments. Join Cathy as she teaches the technique on how to master the double-layered mitered banding.

4:30 PM

Embracing Sheers

Presented by: Ann K. Johnson

Location: Eyes & Ears Presentation

Sheer fabrics are incredibly beautiful and classic. Ann provides excellent techniques for cutting and tabling that are precise and efficient in overcoming challenging characteristics of sheer fabrics every time.

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