I am City & Guilds trained and qualified in soft furnishing making and hold Level 3 Award in Education & Training. I will teach you how to make bespoke soft furnishings to a professional standard.
These 2 workshops are more suitable for those with some sewing experience.
You will learn how to produce professionally finished curtains, considered to be "high end" luxury. Following traditional techniques, they are predominantly hand sewn with weighted hems and mitred corners. The internal layer adds a sumptuous feel and appearance, whilst acting as an insulator. You will learn how to pattern match and join fabrics, create different handmade headings including double & triple pleat, box, cartridge, and goblet pleats.
Interlined Roman Blind
The methods used to construct this type of Roman blind are at the top end of soft furnishing making. You will learn how to construct a blind with an internal layer, which gives structure, luxury and insulation properties to your blind. The rod pockets on the reverse of the blind are contained within the lining fabric and there are no unsightly stitch lines showing on the front of the blind.
You will learn how to construct a blind, both with a standard fold, where all of the pleats stack neatly on top of each other and also learn how to set them so that they cascade, known as a waterfall effect. The techniques covered are essential if you are thinking of starting your own business making soft furnishings or if you would love to make luxury items for your own home.
I have devised a Roman blind calculator which eliminates all the complicated maths necessary when working out your rod pocket placement, both on the face and the lining fabrics which can be particularly difficult on cascading blinds. You will be given permanent, free access to this. (Requires Excel or compatible software.)
This is a full day workshop where you will make a sample size Roman blind. This will include all of the techniques required when making and hanging full size blinds and will become a valuable reference. You will be given comprehensive notes which include step by step instructions.
You are legally obliged to make any blind compliant with current safety legislation. We will discuss your legal obligations and I will demonstrate what is required.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
What's included in the price?
A warm welcome, all tools and fabric needed, along with homemade lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Comprehensive course notes.
You can find further information on my website
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I attended the interlined Roman blind and curtain courses on 2 consecutive days.
I had very little experience of either. I found Janet was very welcoming and made me feel at ease immediately. She made the whole process easy to understand and was very patient with my limited experience.
Each course was designed to provide you with a thorough working knowledge of how to make a professional standard item. I left with a sample size interlined Roman blind and curtain which I had made following Janet’s instructions and working alongside her.
I was also made aware of all the safety requirements which applied to the selection of tracks and hardware.
Janet provided delicious lunches on both days. I found her extremely easy to talk to we chatted like friends throughout the time I was there.
I had full and detailed written manuals for each of the topics. Janet has also emailed the information after the courses.
All in all Janet has managed to transfer her considerable skills in this field to teaching even a novice like myself on how to produce a hand sewn and professional blind and curtain.
I would have no hesitation in recommending both Janet and the courses.
I completed the interlined Roman blind course with Janet recently and it was such an enjoyable, informative day. Janet is a great teacher and generous in her willingness to answer all my questions. Lots of useful tips and techniques that you wouldn't find anywhere else, also she advised me on suppliers and how to make best use of my space at home to set up a workroom. A lovely lunch was also provided. With the detailed instructions and calculator sheet I am excited to start making blinds for my home and for others. It's also reassuring that I can email Janet for any queries that might arise in future. I plan to book more courses with Janet soon.
Having travelled from the south to benefit from all of the courses Janet had on offer at the time, I cannot recommend them or her highly enough. She is a proficient, approachable and very pleasant teacher. Have no hesitation in committing to her courses.
Janet arranged to do two courses in one day, the interlined Roman Blinds and Interlined Curtains. Busy day but learnt a great deal. The comprehensive notes she gives you to take home are a great help to refer when you are flying solo ! think I have made a good friend and mentor with Janet....thanks x
I had a lovely day wit Janet who is a font of knowledge. She made me feel so welcome and able to ask anything. I am looking forward to getting started and feel inspired.
I have recently completed the bespoke Roman blind course and I am very pleased with what I have learnt to make. I had previously tried to learn from books, but failed miserably. I have since made a super blind on my own. I would certainly recommend this course to others who wish to learn to make blinds properly
I have recently done the intelined roman blind course and I am really happy with every aspect of the course. I was made to feel really wellcome by Janet as she is such a lovely lady. She has taught me every step how to make blinds and I have returned home and made another blind which I found really easy to do following her notes that she gave to me. I also had a delicious lunch and really enjoyed my day.
Janet’s one day workshop for interlined, cascading Roman blinds was excellent in every respect. She is so friendly, really knows her stuff and her teaching qualification means she is a good tutor. I am amazed at how professional the resulting sample blind looks. The hints, tips, and low-cost gadgets that Janet shares are so useful. Delicious lunch. Brilliant notes and calculator.
I had previously purchased an on-line course and several books in the hope of learning how to make Roman blinds, but it seemed impossible to follow the instructions correctly. Last week, I travelled a round trip of 120 miles to attend Janet's course, but it was so worth it. I have since made 2 beautiful interlined blinds that would have cost me hundreds of pounds if I had had them made. I'm not very experienced at sewing but it was easy to learn from Janet, who patiently demonstrated every step and supplied me with informative easy to follow instructions and access to a spreadsheet that makes it so easy to calculate pleating the blind. I thoroughly enjoyed my day and cannot recommend this course enough. I have booked to attend the interlined curtain course already. Thank you Janet, you are a fabulous teacher, looking forward to seeing you again soon.
I spent the day with Janet, to learn to make interlined curtains. The course was truly excellent. I learnt so much - making a curtain from start to finish over the course of the day - and had such a very pleasant time throughout, that I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone else who wants to learn to make beautiful curtains. Janet really knows her stuff, and not only teaches you the right way to do things, but very helpfully points out the potential pit-falls to be avoided!
Another great day with Janet. I learnt the tricks of the trade about hand stitched roman blinds earlier this year and returned yesterday for a lesson in hand stitched, interlined curtains. Again, Janet was able to share top tips to make a fantastic product as well as sharing ways in which she dealt with the large pieces of fabric which curtains inevitably are. I would recommend her courses to anyone who wants to make professional looking window dressings. You won’t be disappointed.
Fantastic course, had previously made a pair of curtains, but learnt how to do it properly today! Lots of great tips and advice. Janet is very knowledgable and able to answer all your questions.
What an informative course. Lots of tips given. I never thought that I would be able to make such a good quality item by hand. Janet is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher. I am planning to return very soon to take the curtain course.
After alot of searching for courses I finally found Janet's Make for Home range of courses. I am a complete beginner, I have made a few simple curtains but wanted to try making Roman blinds. I really enjoyed the course, found the time went too quickly and Janet is very patient and explains the process in simple terms. Detailed course notes were provided which will come in very handy when I make my first blind.
Janet is a lovely lady and looks after you very well with home made lunch, tea and biscuits throughout the day. I travelled from Liverpool to attend and wouldn't hesitate to book another course, best one I have been on.
I booked this course based on the positive online reviews and I was not disappointed. I completed a sample Cascade Roman Blind to take home along with a complete set of notes and access to a calculation sheet for calculating the spacing which will be invaluable. Janet is very knowledgeable and patient and gives you lots of tips. She made me feel very welcome and I was supplied with lots of tea throughout the day. I had a most enjoyable day and agree with other reviewers', if you want to try making Roman Blinds, Janet is definitely the lady to teach you.
I covered three days with Janet, cushions, curtains and interline curtains. I've come away with fantastic knowledge and skills to make curtains for our new home.
You come away also with instructions on how to make the cushions and curtains which will be a great help.
Janet is a lovely woman, who I had the pleasure of spending time with.
Thank you so much for 3 fantastic days.
Having spent the day with Janet I completed a sample cascade Roman blind. I have made ordinary Roman blinds but found Janet's course very informative and her calculation sheet for working out the spacing was excellent. Janet is a very knowledgeable lady and is happy to share her knowledge and advice, The day went too quick having been supplied with lots of tea and home made cake but I left with a sample blind and lots of information. If you want to try making a Roman Blind, Janet is the lady to teach you.
I attended the Roman blind course and have to say how amazed I was at how much I learnt and also thoroughly enjoyed the course. Janet is a lovely lady and makes you so welcome and also an excellent teacher. Many thanks Janet for a lovely day.
I attended the Roman Blind course at Janets home. She is indeed a lovely lady who made me feel very welcome. I have made several Roman blinds for family and friends but was amazed at how much I learnt with Janet. She is extremely knowledgeable , very patient and very professional. The day with her went far too quickly.
I really enjoyed the roman blind course with Janet, she is really knowledgeable about everything to do with blind making and I really learnt a lot and got some great top tips too! I am excited to now put it all into practice and make my own blinds and banana bread too! Many thanks and will be sure to share my triangular blind when it is made :)
I've been on the roman blind course and am delighted by how much I've taken in in just one day. I now feel confident that I could produce a bespoke hand fnished blind to a professional standard. Janet is extremely knowledgeable and works to the highest standards. She is very patient and very good at communicating her wealth of experience. I've already booked for the interlined curtain course and will also do a pelmet course when it is launched! What about box cushions too?! xx
Janet is a lovely lady who put you at ease from the moment she welcomes you.
I did 2 courses, the first was the curtain making course the second was the Roman blind making course they were both very informative hands on and fun, Janet is easy to get along with and she really does know her stuff.
I would highly recommend these courses and to top it all the lunch and home made soup is very yummy indeed.
Thanks Janet, I will be back when you launch your pelmit making course!
Have attended both these workshops to make Roman blinds and interlined curtains. You are taught to make them to a very high standard. I'm really pleased with what I learnt and what I have made since I did the course.