February 27, 2008

This week finds me eagerly preparing for the Custom Sewing Institute March 14-16 seminar at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas. I'll be teaching Unusual Roman Shades. Although this seminar is full, we'd like to tell you a little about the Institute and the force behind it. If you haven't already discovered it- you'll be glad you did.

We're also rerunning the Scaldino directions. Several of you have asked for a reprint. As soon as our website is up you'll be able to visit archives and see all the past issues and more. Until then, we're happy to rerun the article and thank you for your interest.


Spotlight on the CSI

Susan Kostelecky is the owner of award winning SK Designs and the Custom Sewing Institute in Houston, Texas. Susan assembles an exceptional group of instructors in an intimate setting for seminars focusing on professional techniques and methods of construction of window treatments and other soft furnishings.

Many of these classes are hands on and attendees go home with experience and a sample of the project.

This year, the sold out Creative Camp includes noted instructors, Ginny Conner, Leslie Fehling, Joyce Hernandez, Gillian Wendel, and our own Chris Watt. Susan Kostelecky will be hosting a Round Robin Trunk Show and there will be two competitions, one for valances and one for tie-backs.

The Creative Camp is held in a comfortable setting and attire is casual. The emphasis is on education and these instructors will bring it!

Even though this year is sold out, you'll want to visit the website and sign up for information on future camps.

Sandy Gardner

Scaldino's - just in time for company!

If you've been to an nice hotel lately you've probably seen a scaldino. In Italian, Scaldino translates as little heater. The scaldino is the mini comforter at the end of the bed that warms the feet or protects the spread from the suitcase.It's a quick way to give a new look to a room. Some hotels are using washable bedcoverings, either duvets or matelasse and adding scaldinos and pillows from decorative fabrics to complete the look.

I like them for staging because I can use a solid spread and with little fabric have many looks. I also love them because I can complete a set including pillows after dinner! That makes this one of my favorite things.

Here's a set I made from a beautiful Brunschwig and Fils toile.

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My scaldino is 78" wide by 18" long and it goes on a queen size bed. It is self lined and filled with a layer of quilt batting. I used a co-ordinating fabric for the cording and as a contrast on the pillows.

If you are using a heavy fabric, you may forgo all batting. If you are using a silk or light fabric you may choose to use a double layer of flannel interlining. There are no rules here- I chose the finished size based on the beautiful toile pattern. You might consider using purchased trim around the edge or making it with a longer drop. I have seen them twice as wide and folded back on themselves like a comforter.

Happy sewing!