398 episodes

An interview style podcast with people in the Custom Home Furnishings industry.

Sew Much More Ceil DiGuglielmo

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 72 Ratings

An interview style podcast with people in the Custom Home Furnishings industry.

    400 - Listener Favorite - Jamie Terrel

    400 - Listener Favorite - Jamie Terrel

    Jamie Terral is the owner of Workroom Creations by Jamie LLC.  With encouragement from Jamie's husband, Bob, and Susan Woodcock, she made her hobby and love for sewing into a soft furnishings workroom, where she uses beautiful fabrics and trims to sew amazing home decor.  Jamie is a window coverings specialist that is honest, reliable, and dedicated to the client that she serves.  Her tagline and mantra is "So Much Fabric, Sew Little Time!"
    Jamie is on Instagram,  Facebook, and Pinterest




    Huston Area Work Custom Drapery Association
     
    Links and Resources;
    The Curtains & Soft Furnishings Resource Library
    WCAA
     
    The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;
     
    The Workroom Channel
     
    Scarlet Thread Consulting
     
    The WCAA
     
    The Curtains and Soft Furnishings Resource Library
     
    Merril Y Landis, LTD
     
    Angel's Distributing, LLC
     
    National Upholstery Association
     
    Workroom Tech
     
     

    • 1 hr 18 min
    399 - Listener Favorite - Sharon Coppede

    399 - Listener Favorite - Sharon Coppede

    Sharon Coppede is the owner of Custom Window Treatments, Inc.
    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 time, went as a presenter.
     
    After a few more moves and when they moved to Charlotte, NC in 1996, Sharon's goal was to get out of the basement and into a space and Custom Window Treatments, Inc., a “to the trade workroom” came about. She targeted high end designers and she now has a thriving business with a staff. Her company fabricates not only for local designers but designers throughout the country contact CWT for their customers moving to the area.
     
    Sharon's specialty since the beginning was working with silk and English Bump Interlining.  Silk has pretty much been replaced with linen as trends come and go.  But their customer service and quality have always stayed.  
     
    Links and Resources;
    You can contact Sharon - sharon@customwindowtreatmentsinc.net
    Sharon is on Facebook, LinkdIn, Instagram
    Price Your Work with Confidence by Kitty Stein

    • 1 hr 24 min
    398 - Listener Favorite - Cristina Alamdari

    398 - Listener Favorite - Cristina Alamdari

    Cristina Alamdari was born in Colombian and moved to the US almost 30 years ago. She lives in Phoenix AZ and she has 3 beautiful children, her husband is Iranian, and they have a unique family of combined cultures and religions. 
    Cristina enjoys traveling and learning. She has been working in the industry for 24 years, and as a business owner for 22. Cristina owns AZ Draperies and Pillows and it is a mix of 80% retail 20% designers. She offers in-home consultations for window coverings.  Her workroom is in a separate casita in her home. 
    Cristina is on Facebook and Instagram
     
    The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;
     
    The Workroom Channel
     
    Scarlet Thread Consulting
     
    The WCAA
     
    The Curtains and Soft Furnishings Resource Library
     
    Merril Y Landis, LTD
     
    Angel's Distributing, LLC
     
    National Upholstery Association
     
    Workroom Tech
     
     

    • 54 min
    397 - Mary Cardinale - I Know What I Need To Do and Sometimes It's Hard

    397 - Mary Cardinale - I Know What I Need To Do and Sometimes It's Hard

    Mary is the owner of Bucks County Window Décor. She has been in business since 2007, offering custom drapery and soft treatments, fabrics, hardware, blinds, shades, and shutters to both retail clients as well as designers.  Her company is full-service and offers complete project management including measuring, ordering, fabricating, and professional installation.
     
    After 8 years of working in the legal and corporate world, Mary left to stay home with her first baby.  She learned to sew as a newlywed so that she could have custom window treatments for her own home, which gradually started her business, as friends and neighbors asked her to create treatments for them.
     
    Mary recently came back to the window treatment industry after a 4-year break working for a martial arts franchise where she learned the importance of systems, and processes and doing the same thing the same way every single time. 
     
    Mary is married to her super supportive husband of 34 years and has 2 grown children and 1 in college. Mary still enjoys sewing for fun, cooking for her family, playing with her black Lab, reading, and listening to podcasts.     She is the current Vice President of the NJ/SEPA Chapter of the WCAA.
     
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/decoratingjunkie
    Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/buckscountywindowdecor/
     
     
    Links and Resources;
    Never Split the Difference - Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss
    Atomic Habits by James Clear
    Kobalt Tape Measure

    • 1 hr 2 min
    396 - Cheers to 5 Years at the Curtains & Soft Furnishings Resource Library!

    396 - Cheers to 5 Years at the Curtains & Soft Furnishings Resource Library!

    I am so happy to be celebrating 5 years of being the Librarian at the Curtains & Soft Furnishings Resource Library!!
     
    I couldn't have done this without the help and guidance of Jeanelle Dech, and so many people in our industry who have contributed to the content within the Library.
    And I am so grateful for the Sponsors of the Library;
    The Sew Much More Podcast is sponsored by;
     
    The Workroom Channel
     
    Scarlet Thread Consulting
     
    The WCAA
     
    The Curtains and Soft Furnishings Resource Library
     
    Merril Y Landis, LTD
     
    Angel's Distributing, LLC
     
    National Upholstery Association
     
    Workroom Tech
     
     

    • 15 min
    395 - Listener Favorite - Julia Hash

    395 - Listener Favorite - Julia Hash

    Today's episode of the  Podcast is a re-release of my interview with Julia Hash of JSH Designs.  Julia needed to solve a problem in her workroom and realized, she probably wasn't the only one who needed this solution.  I think you will find her ruler is really amazing!
     
    Links and Resources;
    Profit is a Choice Podcast episode with Julia Hash
    You can find Julia's Ruler here.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Lisa Kay OB ,

Comradery

My workroom routine always involves listening to my podcasts. The Sew Much More Podcast is of course, at the top of my list. 😊
Hearing the conversations of other workroom owners provides a ‘kinship’ of sorts.
Our experiences are shared by others, both good and not so good. These stories are motivating, like that feeling we have attending the CWC conference or CHF conference in the past. Ceil provides us with a taste of that excitement of meeting our counterparts.
I enjoy learning about the road taken by others in our business. How they have made it to where they are now and what their plans are for their future. It helps me map out my goals, knowing what has and has not worked.
Thank you Ceil for a podcast well done!
Lisa O’Brien
All Things Material
Florence, Kentucky

Lisa@LJI ,

This Podcast is my new essential tool!

Listening to Ceil talk with various entrepreneurs in this industry and hearing all about how they got their start, what struggles they’ve had, what successes they’ve had, and what advice they can give to others has definitely been one of the best things I’ve discovered recently. I’ve operated my own workroom for 23 years, and I can identify with so many of these experiences, but also have gained a sense of direction for my future from listening. Thank you, Ceil, for doing this!

Comedy Craving ,

Feels like community

Working as a solo upholsterer can be so isolating, but listening to The Sew Much More podcast makes me feel like I’m in a room with my peers. At some point in every episode I find myself agreeing out loud with something a guest is saying 😅I look forward to every episode.

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