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#47 - Jana Platina Phipps - Find Your Niche

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Release Date: 06/04/2017

292 - Whitney Kaufman - Starting With The End In Mind show art 292 - Whitney Kaufman - Starting With The End In Mind

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Whitney Kaufman is the owner of Whitney Kaufman Designs in Grand Rapids, MI.  Whitney is a busy wife and mother of four teenagers. As a teacher turned stay-at-home-mom she began sewing shortly after her oldest daughter was born, and for years she enjoyed sewing Halloween costumes for her brood. Over the years she tried her hand at making both Roman shades and quilts. At the suggestion of some friends, she began looking into ways to turn her passion for sewing and decorating into a career. In December 2020 she opened Whitney Kaufman Designs. Whitney quickly jumped on the opportunity to...

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291 - Jonathan Bennett - If You Don't Go Into It With A Plan, You Might As Well Not Go In At All show art 291 - Jonathan Bennett - If You Don't Go Into It With A Plan, You Might As Well Not Go In At All

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  The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;                 Jonathan Bennet, owner of Unsprung Upholstery is originally from Martinsville, VA.  He caught the sewing bug from his great grandmother at a young age. He moved to Richmond, VA on a whim in August of 1989 and earned a BFA in Fashion Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. Directly after graduation, Jonathan taught in the Fashion Design department as an adjunct professor for 13 years. He started his first workroom job in 1997, learned how to make various types of window...

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290 - Happy 2022! show art 290 - Happy 2022!

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The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;   I hope this year is off to a great start for you!  Happy 22! Links and Resources;

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289 - 2021 Year End Wrap Up With Michele Williams show art 289 - 2021 Year End Wrap Up With Michele Williams

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In what has become our annual tradition, Michele Williams and I spend some time together discussing this past year, our plans for next year, and what great books we have read. I hope you enjoy today's podcast.   Links and Resources                    

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288 - Debbie DiFrancesco - Reimagining Her Future show art 288 - Debbie DiFrancesco - Reimagining Her Future

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The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;                   Debbie DiFrancesco, who has been sewing since the age of 7, founded  in 1990 to supplement the family income.  Initially, Debbie provided general sewing and bridal alteration services while working a second job as an assistant manager/Craft Department Manager at House of Fabrics/So-Fro Fabrics until 1991.  Two years later, Creative Hands transitioned from alterations to exclusively fabricating window treatments and selling hard treatments.  Soon after, in...

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287 - Dennis Locke - I'm Happy To Wake Up Every Morning, Look Out the Window and See The Sun Shining show art 287 - Dennis Locke - I'm Happy To Wake Up Every Morning, Look Out the Window and See The Sun Shining

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The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;                     Dennis Locke is a 3rd generation furniture upholsterer in Greenville, Tx. Serving the Dallas area. He came into the family business as a child, and has doing it professionally for over 40 years. Dennis took over the business in ‘97, when his mother passed. He does commercial and residential furniture, as well as specializing in repair and foam replacement.  You can find Dennis at .  For some insight into Dennis's writing ability, be sure to visit his

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286 - Theresa Harmon - It's Just Been Easier For Me This Time! show art 286 - Theresa Harmon - It's Just Been Easier For Me This Time!

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The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;                 Theresa Harmon is a graphic designer turned one-woman drapery and soft furnishings workroom. She loves transforming beautiful fabric into custom creations not found in the mass retail market. Theresa works with retail clients, a handful of decorators, and her daughter Lee, owner/designer at , and her other daughter Nivette who is her project manager. Her husband is her admin, on-site measurer, foam cutter, bookkeeper and tax man. Theresa grew up with an artistic mother who kept her...

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285 - Susan Souza - When You Feel Like Quitting - Remember Why You Started show art 285 - Susan Souza - When You Feel Like Quitting - Remember Why You Started

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The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;                   Susan Souza grew up in the suburbs of Long Island, NY. She went to the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC after finishing high school. She was petrified to be going to school in the big city, but she got used to it and loved the whole atmosphere of being in the fashion world. Susan landed a job as an assistant designer in a children’s wear firm in the garment center. She had no idea what her future held for her. Susan went on vacation to Bermuda and that is where she met my...

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284 - Carol Blow - My Intent Is Always to Exceed Their Expectations show art 284 - Carol Blow - My Intent Is Always to Exceed Their Expectations

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The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;                   Carol Blow is the owner of a retail workroom – -- located in Richmond, Virginia. She started her business in 2018. Carol learned to sew at an early age. Her zest for learning new techniques, combined with a can-do attitude, provided the foundation for her business … along with years of experience! Creating custom items gives her great joy and satisfaction. Carol has been a member of WCAA since 2019 and currently serves as Vice President of the local Richmond Chapter.  ...

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283 - Kristin Speyer - I didn't Think I Could Do It, But I Just Did It! show art 283 - Kristin Speyer - I didn't Think I Could Do It, But I Just Did It!

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The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;   Kristin Speyer started Red Head Sewing LLC ten years ago in the Texas Hillcountry. She works to the trade, and has a core group of designers that keep the sewing machines running furiously. There is currently a small team of two other workers, and plans for expansion are underway. Kristin and her husband have been married for 22 years and spend their downtime mountain biking, traveling, and trying to outsmart their dogs. She also has a passion for books, friends, and office supplies.   Links and Resources; (As an Amazon...

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Jana Platina Phipps is an embellishment expert known for her refined vision in the use of trimmings in home furnishings and fashion. She is a designer and an agent for Classical Elements, which supplies trimmings and drapery hardware to the home furnishings industry, customizes private label programs for interior design distributors, and sells to retail stores nationally.  She develops custom trimmings for NYC-based fashion companies, and also designs bespoke home and fashion accessories herself, using trimmings and vintage jewelry.  She teaches others her technique of Trim Alchemy, the concept of turning something ordinary into extraordinary using trimmings, to express their personal creativity.
Affectionately called “Trim Queen” by her clients, she started her blog in 2013 and uses her social media channels to chronicle how the design community uses trimmings creatively. With her knowledge of the history of passementerie and hands-on experience with fabrication, she lectures at The New York School of Interior Design and Continuing Education Seminars and Webinars to the interior design community. She is a regular contributor to WF Vision and Designers Today Magazines, and Universal Furniture’s Smartstuff Social Station blog. She conducts DIY workshops and stages a Trim Alchemy Show at Country Living Fairs across the country. Jana is planning a Trim Queen Maker Tour of Venice, Italy for Spring 2018.
Other involvement:
  • High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour Spring 2017
  • 2016 ITA Outstanding Trimmings Representative of the Year
  • ITA Board of Directors, Events Chair
  • Co-chair WithIt New York Design Tour
  • WithIt Future Leader Award
  • Former WithIt NE Regional VP
  • UU Congregation of the Hudson Valley Arts Committee
Jana resides in the Hudson River Valley, north of Manhattan, with her husband, writer Lang Phipps, and two children, Wilton and Giovanna, in an old Bavarian-style home called The Gingerbread House that is in need of TLC and more trimmings.
 
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