Monday, February 20, 2006

We need your VOTE!

One of the members of the DraperyPro networking group has been selected by HGTV as one of five finalists in the Design Star competition. Her name is Nika Stewart, and I'd LOVE to see her win; so that's where you come in--she needs your vote! She's such a darling with such a likeable personality. We all win if she wins the opportunity to host her own HGTV show. :-)

Online voting at starts today, February 20th, and ends next Sunday, Feb. 26th. You can vote once per day.

Network Dues

I saw the hidden post about paying our annual dues--even if we don't get a hard copy of the newsletter. Like Dede said, I, too am clueless-- and forgetful. Now that I've been reminded----


Thursday, February 16, 2006

hey there !

everybody woke up ! I do want to say, for my part, the directory is very productive for me, I get many emails from it.

it's the best investment I make in placing my contact info on the web.

I find with Rowley's poly fill cord , I just have to order more than one kind, and have different feet for it. And, I don't have a fixed idea of what it has to look like. Can't beat'em, join'em.

The Slipcover Network Forum

The Slipcover Network Forum

Wow--3 posts in 1 day.

I'm about out of washable poly welt cord again. Rowley's latest sample looked better than a year ago, and may be OK, but I'm curious where other people are getting their cord from these days.


Slipcover Pricing Summary 2006

Slipcover Pricing Summary 2006

We are once again preparing the bi-annual slipcover pricing survey summary. In order to make the Slipcover Pricing Survey Summary 2006 a success we need your help.

The survey will be broken down into three divisions- East, Central and West and a total for North America.The survey should only take 10 minutes of your time.

Anyone participating in the survey will receive a FREE copy of the survey. Please contact me at for a survey form.

This is an on going service to those in the Slipcover Profession. The Slipcover has been providing since 2000.

The deadline for turning in the survey is March 17, 2006.

Those choosing not to participate in the Survey, which will produce the Summary, can purchase the results from the for $10.... All proceeds go toward the Scholarship fund for the Slipcover Summit.

Thank you,
Teresa “Tessy” Bennett
Cozy Cottage Slipcovers

Monday, February 13, 2006

couple issues

no one would think to click on a comments number of zero, but untill you do, you wouldn't realize the comments are THERE.

I made one to Dede several days ago, and the number still reads zero. We may not have any control over that, and that's fine, just click on commnets regardless.

Anyone who wants to sell any stuff on ebay slipcover related, and don't want to learn the process and open the accounts, I'd like to be your ebay buddy.

All I need is for you to send a well done photo and have your description and have had it weighed and measured to predict postage.

The fees are whatever ebay charges and a sliding scale for a % to me, never more than 10%.

Machines, zippers, fabric yardage, old slipcovers ? Never know untill you try.

I can only do this for list members, you have to be known to us. There's too many things that can go wrong....

Friday, February 10, 2006

New (for me) fabrication method

Just finished a barrel-back wing chair with an existing slipcover (totally shredded - gotta love those cats!). It featured a construction I've never seen before:

IB and deck were one continuous piece, which draped over the edge. No separate skirt; slipcover ended where upholstery ended. Well made, but obviously fabricated with speed in mind. Custom made in a local one-woman workroom.

How common is this?

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Need help with Slipcover Summit

Hi all... We need help getting the info about the Slipcover Summit out to everyone. Are there any volunteers who would post the information to forums and other places? Do you belong to any other groups that sew who would like to know about the Slipcover Summit?

Monday, February 06, 2006

gonna bore everyone again

I am trying to nail down Brown. A slithering creature of the night, you can assume I dream fitfully about Brown. Why ?

' Cuz I opened my mouth too quick and volunteered to DO it, that's why. That's how I usually invent something whacky anyway.

I realize this cannot be whacky ( remember the snaps in the metal chair seat ? ), because good people are spending good money to hear me preach about it.

So, the short selling points:

any method, any method of slipcovering, none excluded, can be done in the customers home provided a good muslin pattern is done. That's without taking the furniture away. You can have prepared the muslin on an estimate visit, or the visit to show the fabrics you sell.

secondly, it's more likely you can fluidly go on to try new methods once you have the muslin pattern down pat. Why ? Because all the other methods can be preceded by and done more efficiently and safely with a muslin pattern.

Okay, so I am absolutely certain of all these promises, this is without any doubt on my part.

The trick is, how to tailor the planning so that I meet the needs of the students who sign up ?

Karen, suggest....... I hate to do anything not spectacular.