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#47 - Jana Platina Phipps - Find Your Niche

Sew Much More

Release Date: 06/04/2017

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The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;   Sharon Coppede is the owner of . In 1982, when her children were 4 and 2 yrs. old, Sharon joined a neighborhood cottage industry in Plymouth, Mass. as a seamstress for aprons, toaster covers, and tab top drapes stenciled on the lead edges.  She realized she had a gift for making window treatments and when she moved to our next assignment in Virginia, she built a 4 x 8 table in the walk-out basement and that is when she started making draperies for customers.  Sharon went to Sew What conferences as a student and then, over...

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265 - Sue Sifakis Re-realease show art 265 - Sue Sifakis Re-realease

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The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by; Sue Sifakis started SUESEWN in 1995. She attended Cheryl Stricklands's week-long class on how to run a drapery business in 1994.  She also attended CHF classes and was on an advisory committee for the CHF magazine a few years. She was part of the Alumni showcase in 2010. She has also attended Slipcover Networking Workshops as well as numerous conferences to learn more. Sue has been a member of the Eastern Massachusetts WCAA Chapter since 2006 and she has held officer positions such as Secretary, Vice President, and President. Links and...

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264 - Robin Reynolds - Construction is My Forte show art 264 - Robin Reynolds - Construction is My Forte

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The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;   Robin Reynolds started her drapery workroom, , in 2007 when her last child was completing high school.   Robin's clientele has grown principally by word of mouth amongst private individuals and commercial interior designers.  Robin and her husband reside in Norman, OK.   Links & Resources;

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The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;   Diana Hershey, the owner of , provides custom furnishings for the home, office, or business. The services offered to clients include draperies, valances, cornice boards, bedding, pillows, roman shades, blinds, slipcovers, and re-upholstery, just to name a few! Diana takes the time to thoroughly guide her clients through the process of uncovering their style and selecting the optimal fine decorator fabrics and hardware for the space to pull their room together and showcase their exceptional style to all those who enter the room!...

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262 - Shasta Breitkopf of Unique Expressions show art 262 - Shasta Breitkopf of Unique Expressions

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The Opportunity Thinking Series of the  Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by   Shasta Breitkopf has been part of the Window coverings industry for quite some time and I was so happy to be able to hear more about her story! Shasta has worked for various companies and also as an independent representative of some of those companies.  Her company, was developed to assist workrooms with products that help with productivity as well as fabrication. Links and Resources; ( I do occasionally use affiliate links for Amazon and can earn some money if you choose to use them)  ...

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261 - The Sewing Loft of Avon - Rachel and Bryan Short show art 261 - The Sewing Loft of Avon - Rachel and Bryan Short

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The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;   Rachel and Bryan Short own and operate , a custom soft furnishings workroom located in Connecticut.  It is a full-service workroom serving both interiors 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...

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259 -  OT Series - Taylor Angel - Let's Try It & Let's Let The Idea Turn Us Down show art 259 - OT Series - Taylor Angel - Let's Try It & Let's Let The Idea Turn Us Down

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Taylor Angel, is the Vice President of , with her teammate and brother Niko at her side.  Taylor graduated from Duquesne University in 2015 with a degree in marketing and sales.  She is fortunate enough that she knew what she wanted to do for a living from the moment she learned how to talk.     Angel’s Linings is your leading family-owned drapery lining distribution company in Pittsburgh, PA.  our main guiding principle is: serve your customer like they are a part of our family.  Angel’s is committed to this principle and has maintained this from day...

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              Jen Holaday is the owner of a custom drapery workroom in Franklin, TN. She fabricates pillows, bedding, cushions, and shades but nothing makes her heart skip a beat more so than beautiful custom drapery. From the fabrics and hardware to the pleating and draping, custom drapery will elevate an entire space. It’s the difference between a pretty room and a simply stunning one. Jennifer has close to 10 years of experience throughout the Nashville area working with professional workrooms, interior designers, and directly with homeowners....

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The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;               Antoinette was born and raised in Cape Town South Africa. She studied at the University of Stellenbosch where she obtained an Honours Degree in Drama and Theatre Arts as well as a Teaching Diploma. Her 20+ year career in the Film and Television Industry gave her the opportunity to live and work in Africa, Europe, China, the USA and finally Canada where she settled with her family in 2000.  Sewing has always been her hobby. Antoinette remembers sewing her first apron under her mother’s...

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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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