About the Course
This one day course is designed for people who would love to design & create their own furnishings. Students will learn the techniques involved, from measuring the window and working out fabric quantities, through to planning & designing & finally, creating your own individual lined or interlined curtains or roman blinds, or making different styles of cushions.
Roman blinds course content: we will cover the following aspects of making a roman blind:
1. Understanding the construction of a roman blind. Choosing the correct fabric and understanding the various fittings and design.
2. Fold calculations: understanding the implications and effects of different folds, and calculating the fold spacing
3. Measuring and cutting the fabric: understanding the importance of taking accurate window measurements and how to calculate fabric quantities
4. Assembling: making the blind and lining, rod pockets, bottom hems and mitre corners. Joining the lining and main fabric and attaching the top Velcro
5. Fixings: how to insert the rods and bottom weight bar, positioning and fixing the cord rings. Purchasing and understanding head rail options.
Curtain Design course content: we will cover the following aspects of making curtains:
1. Choosing appropriate fabrics and curtain styles for a professional window design
2. Measuring and Cutting: understanding the importance of accurate measurements, estimating quantities for main fabric and lining / interlinings, calculating
drops and widths, fullness, hem and turning allowances, cutting of fabric, working with pattern repeats and pattern placements
3. Assembling the curtains and lining: joining fabric widths and assembling the main fabric and lining, bottom and side hems, and perfect mitre corners.
4. Headings: Selecting and applying heading tapes.
Cushions: This course is ideal for those with some sewing skills who want to learn how to make their own professional looking cushions. Accuracy is very important when making beautiful cushions and in this workshop, you will make a piped scatter cushion and an envelope cushion cover. You will learn how to calculate fabrics, cut and join piping and insert zips. We will also discuss the various types of cushion styles and fillings that can be used.
I will discuss your project with you before the workshop and guide you with ordering fabric quantities and measuring the windows.
To book your place, please pop over to the website or contact Helen directly.
For more information or to secure your place, please click on the link to the website above, or get in touch with Helen via the contact form.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Course fees include lunch and tea/coffee.
Location: High Ham near Langport in Somerset
Please note that I no longer hold these workshops at The Lilac Barn in Somerset.
I cannot overstate how perfect my day on Helen’s course was.
I came home with my lovely Roman blind, and have just finished putting it up!
Helen is professional and so patient, ensuring that you are taken through every single process of your project. I learnt many techniques and practical tips, and have gained confidence to do it again.
And I almost forgot to mention the many cups of coffee and a superb lunch!
So, thank you Helen, I will certainly be back!
Julie Stevens - - #22445
Response from Helen Izzard Designs:Thank you Julie, and I am so pleased you enjoyed the workshop! Looking forward to seeing photos of the gorgeous blind xx
I have just spent a glorious day learning how to make a Roman Blind in a venue situated in a sublime Somerset village and run by a Tutor whose skills were second to none.
We were a mixed bunch of participants with a mixed skills set, attempting mixed projects and somehow, our Tutor, Helen, managed to give us all just the right amount of attention that we needed to enable us all to achieve something of beauty at the end of our day.
The course is great irrespective of the amount of experience that you have with the pace slow enough for you to be able to take it all in, yet also fast enough to achieve its aims. Add that together with a lovely atmosphere, sumptuous lunch and treats galore and you can see why this course is a winner.
I am a self confessed Course Junkie - I’ve been on many, and this is one of the best.
Thank you, Helen, for a really lovely day.
Maggie Turner - - #16855
Response from Helen Izzard Designs:Thank you Maggie, for such a lovely review! I am so glad you enjoyed the day, and your review is such praise. Helen xx
Excellent, Helen is a great tutor, has superb knowledge and skill. Totally recommend this course for people of any ability, those new to the craft or those looking to fine tune their skills
Caroline - - #16846
Response from Helen Izzard Designs:Thank you Caroline, it was lovely to meet you at last x
I have just attended a really great 1 day workshop, learning how to make my first ever cushion with piped edge & zip.
Helen Izzard was our lovely approachable tutor, she managed very skillfully to guide our group (with a diverse range of sewing skills & experience) through making a variety of soft furnishings. We were all able to work at a relaxed & comfortable pace throughout the day, without feeling pressured or neglected. Helen read the needs of each individual within the group very well, ensuring we all had a good amount of support & advice, but also allowed us time & space to put our newly learned skills into practice.
Tea, coffee, biscuits, cake & a wonderfully tasty lunch was all provided throughout the day, which helped to keep the energy levels high. The whole day was fun & enjoyable !
When I left the workshop I felt proud of what I had achieved & totally inspired to make more cushions & expand my sewing skills further in future. Helen was really welcoming from the moment I walked into the workshop to the moment I left, she even offered ongoing support via email should any of the delegates require it.
I plan to attend another of Helen's courses soon & would have no hesitation in recommending her course to anyone wanting to gain or improve upon their sewing skills.
Thanks for a great day Helen...
Maria - - #16839
Response from Helen Izzard Designs:Thank you for such a lovely review Maria, I am so pleased you enjoyed the day! Keep sewing and I hope to see you soon. Helen x
Thank you so much Helen for such a great day . I have learnt so much and very proud of my roman blind.
Lovely lunch and cake too
I really liked the Class sizes being small, therefore the tuition was excellent
I’ve been to classes in the past with too many in the group and I’ve spent ages waiting for help to be able to move on
I can’t wait for the next one!!
Clare Willams - - #13070
I had a lovely day learning how to make an interlined Roman blind. I have made blinds and curtains before, but not interlined them, and my measuring and cutting was always a bit hit and miss! Helen gave me excellent tips on how make sure my projects really are made to measure. Thoroughly enjoyable, sociable and useful day. Thank you, Helen.
Louise Bray - - #11403
I recently took park in the curtain making course.
I am a complete novice but Helen reassured me and guided me through the process giving me the confidence to tackle my project.
I would highly recommend Helen’s workshop and I am looking forward to taking part in another workshop in the future.
Tessa Vice - - #11365
So delighted Iv have been on this course. A really good day and I feel it has really given me the confidence making more blinds for my home, and I actually feel I have learnt what I need to do. I look forward to attending other courses in the future with Helen to learn to make other items for my new home.
Fern Saxon - - #9597
Have just returned home from a really lovely day learning to make an interlined roman blind with Helen Izzard. I have come home feeling inspired to carry on making more blinds. Helen was so welcoming and a really genuine, lovely lady who guided us through each process individually and adapting it to each individuals requirements for their blind.
Helen has the great skill of teaching and encouraging at whatever level you are and was very supportive. I will most definitely return on a curtain making course and highly recommend Helen to anyone wishing to gain the skills needed to create their own curtains or blinds.
Sarah Ferris - - #9577
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