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#47 - Jana Platina Phipps - Find Your Niche

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Release Date: 06/04/2017

316 - Listener Favorite - The Sewing Loft of Avon show art 316 - Listener Favorite - The Sewing Loft of Avon

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Rachel and Bryan Short own and operate , a custom soft furnishings workroom located in Connecticut.  It is a full-service workroom serving both interior designers and homeowners.  Rachel has had a passion for sewing her entire life and made her first item in her sixth grade HomeEc class, a small football-shaped pillow.   She turned her passion into a business when she started The Sewing Loft in their home in July 2010 after spending most of her professional life as a paralegal at a major law firm and at a wind energy company.  Bryan came on board in 2013 after a career...

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315 - OPPORTUNITY THINKING Series - Jennifer White - show art 315 - OPPORTUNITY THINKING Series - Jennifer White -

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Jennifer White has been part of the window treatment for quite a while and has shared her fabrication expertise and is now venturing into selling roman shade headrails and other products to her colleagues. Hear how Jennifer has pivoted into a new business and the new skills she needed to learn. You can reach Jennifer at or message her on her .    Links and Resources; Workroom Supply, LLC    

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314 - Carol Dykhouse -  To Learn and Explore and Share show art 314 - Carol Dykhouse - To Learn and Explore and Share

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Carol Dykhouse, owner of Creations by Carol, has been in business for 40 years. She started out doing custom sewing and alterations and bridal gowns.  When weddings were slow, she would do window treatments for friends. Her excellent work soon garnered other customers. After 5 years she exclusively did consulting and fabrication of window treatments and home decor. As her business grew, she became the go-to person for area designers to supply both hard and soft treatments.   Carol’s workroom started out in a bedroom, using a 3x8 table and canned cherries for weights. Her current...

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313 - MaryBeth Davis - People Do This!  I Can Do This! show art 313 - MaryBeth Davis - People Do This! I Can Do This!

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  MaryBeth Davis is the owner of MBDSews, a one-person retail workroom in the Richmond Virginia area.  A self-taught sewist, MaryBeth has been fabricating home furnishings for over 30 years, but embraced sewing as more than a hobby in 2017.  From her home workroom, MaryBeth designs and fabricates window styles, pillows and cushions, bedding, and light upholstery. When not busy in her home sewing workroom, MaryBeth enjoys cooking, reading, and being outside in the garden.  She loves spending time with her husband, their daughter and son-in-law, and grand dog Murphy.  ...

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312 -  Carla Pyle - You Have to Just Start Doing Things. show art 312 - Carla Pyle - You Have to Just Start Doing Things.

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Carla Pyle has been an active promoter of healthy upholstery since she led a team to develop a line of organic furniture in 2009. An upholstery teacher since 2011, she is currently a virtual instructor for The Funky Little Chair's FLC Upholstery 200: Fundamentals program. She offers consulting services to designers and upholstery professionals looking to incorporate sustainable principles and health-focused materials into their business. Carla is a founding member of the and owns in Livingston, Montana.  (business page) Instagram -  &    Links and Resources; ...

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311 - LuAnn Nigara Interviews Ceil show art 311 - LuAnn Nigara Interviews Ceil

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    The tables are turned today as I get interviewed by !  Yes, I was a little nervous, but LuAnn does a great job with all of her guests, and I really enjoyed talking with her!     The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;                

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310 - OT Series - Susan Woodcock and Rodger Walker and the Custom Workroom Conference show art 310 - OT Series - Susan Woodcock and Rodger Walker and the Custom Workroom Conference

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It was a pleasure to talk with Susan Woodcock and Rodger Walker about the upcoming .  You can find out more about it and register .

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309 - Edith Williamson - Agree On All Aspects show art 309 - Edith Williamson - Agree On All Aspects

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Edith Williamson is a first-generation Hungarian emigrant from Transylvania. She is the owner of in Houston, Texas. Also known as Houston's Drapery Store. She describes it as a one-of-a-kind, all under one roof, everything you need for your windows company also known as Houston's Drapery Store. They are custom fitting inspiration and design - one stitch at a time, since 1984. For the better part of the 38 years, they operated in commercial locations. As of 2012, they purchased a 2,300 sq. ft. building of their own and renovated it to fit the needs of both a design studio and a brightly lit...

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308 - Tracy Abraham - I Have Lists For Absolutely Everything show art 308 - Tracy Abraham - I Have Lists For Absolutely Everything

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Tracy Abraham is the owner of located in Massachusetts. A lifelong sewist, she opened her (mainly) to the trade business in 2017 and hasn’t looked back since. When not in the workroom, she loves to travel with her family and spends as many summer days on her favorite beach in Wells, Maine as she can with her husband and their four children. Links and Resources; (some of these links are affiliate links and if you use them, I may make a little money, so I appreciate you using them!)       Susan Woodcock and   The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;    ...

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307 - Listener Favorite - Darla DeMorrow - Organizing Gives You Power show art 307 - Listener Favorite - Darla DeMorrow - Organizing Gives You Power

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Darla DeMorrow, owner of  joins us today.  Darla is always a breath of fresh air to me, she gives us some great ideas for organizing our office/workspace with such kindness and she encourages us to celebrate our successes!!!! Darla DeMorrow is a Certified Professional Organizer ®, owner of HeartWork Organizing based near Philadelphia, PA, mom of 2, and author of the best-selling book series , which outlines five simple steps to help you organize stuff, time, information, money, and photos. Her newest book, , is now available.   You can now watch the podcast...

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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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