COURSE THREE Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings
On completion of this course students will be fully trained in the design and making of window dressings and soft furnishings. Having attended Course One, Two & Three and ‘Making of Cushions’, students are then awarded a ‘DIPLOMA in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings’. See COURSE PROGRAMME below ..
On completion of this course students will be awarded an Accredited Certificate. Victoria Hammond Academy is accredited by AIM Awards, which is an approved British Awarding Body, regulated by Ofqual.
You can either make payment in full, or deposit payment. A deposit payment is required to secure your place on a course. Balance payment is then due to be settled at least 14 days prior to the course start date. It is possible to decide attendance dates at a later time subject to availability on scheduled courses running – select from the option below ‘dates to be decided’.
All course fees are inclusive of specialist machinery/products, designer fabrics, comprehensive step-by-step manual and refreshments. Bovingdon village is within walking distance and has a selection of food stores. You are also welcome to bring a packed lunch. Free parking on site at Bury Farm.
Courses run from 9:30am to 5pm. Tea/coffee served at 9:15am. We are on-site from 9am.
COURSE THREE – Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings
Trainer: Victoria Hammond
On completion of this course students will be fully trained in the design and making of window dressings and soft furnishings. Having attended Course One, Two & Three and ‘Making of Cushions’, students are then awarded a ‘DIPLOMA in Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings’.
- Silent Gliss will provide a seminar at Victoria Hammond Interiors on their wave system, so students have a full understanding on the system’s components and how it operates. The wave curtain has become increasingly popular; it’s a neat and very stylish window dressing.
- Students will make a sample ‘wave’ curtain in sheer (voile) fabric, that can be fitted to the Silent Gliss system.
- Sheer curtains are traditionally used behind heavy curtains to provide privacy while letting in some light. Nowadays interior designers will specify sheers as the main fabric, when curtains are not required to provide insulation or block light. There are some stunning sheer fabrics, which create a delightful, airy effect to a window area.
- Discussion on how to approach the design of the bedroom, where the window and bed dressings compliment each other.
- Students will make a lined bed valance with kick pleats.
- Discussion on bed covers, bed runners and other bed dressings supported by full instructions on how to make up.
Day Three & Day Four (1.5 days):
Swags & Tails
- This historical and traditional window dressing is back in fashion, and can make a beautiful statement to a window using modern fabrics and trimmings. Discussion on swags and tails; various designs that can be applied, proportions, construction and fixings.
- Students will learn how to create and construct their own perfect swag template, and go on to make a contrast piped interlined swag.
- Students will learn how to create and construct their own perfect tail template, pattern matching to their swag sample, and go on to make a contrast lined and piped, interlined tail.
Day Four & Day Five (1.5 days):
- Discussion on the complex arched windows and dormer windows that are shaped into a triangle.
- Students will template an irregular shaped arched window and explode the template.
- Students will go onto make a sample interlined single arch shaped curtain with a Goblet pleat heading.
- Discussion on various ways to fix window dressings to complex window shapes. Students will learn about the sophisticated ‘Italian Stringing’ and finish off their Arched curtain sample with Italian Stringing fixing.