326 episodes

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

Sew Much More Ceil DiGuglielmo

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    • 4.8 • 72 Ratings

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

    328 - Adam Brand of M&S Schmalberg

    328 - Adam Brand of M&S Schmalberg

    Adam Brand is the 4th generation co-owner of M&S Schmalberg. Their artificial flowers have complemented the apparel, wedding, accessory, millinery and home furnishing industries for over 100 years. M&S Schmalberg’s custom fabric flowers are still hand-made in New York City. They have been featured in The NY Times, Women’s Wear Daily, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and on the runway all over the world.
    Adam generously offered a discount to listeners of the Sew Much More Podcast.  Use this direct link to order or go to the M&S Schmalberg Etsy sight and use code SEWMUCH to get 20%off.
    Links and Resources;
    M&S Schmalberg
    Bernadette Banner
    Article in The Hat Magazine
     

    • 1 hr 6 min
    327 - Listener Favorite - Cathy Cuddington

    327 - Listener Favorite - Cathy Cuddington

    Cathy Cuddington is the owner of Dogwood Designs, a wholesale workroom located in Apex,
    North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh. Her earliest sewing memory is making clothes for her Barbie dolls. She moved on to sewing her clothes through high school, even learning some tailoring techniques.
    Cathy spent her first career in the IT industry, during its infancy (i.e. card punch machines).
    During those 26 years, she would occasionally help out her friends with various window treatment requests, usually following a pattern in the pattern books. One personal project (a slipcover) took her onto the internet to find a how-to video. That one event opened her eyes to
    the possibilities of owning her own business in the custom soft furnishings marketplace.
    Dogwood Designs was born as a 50th birthday gift to herself. She has attended available trade schools and conferences, eventually gaining enough experience and confidence to offer her services exclusively to interior designers. She’s an active member of the Triangle chapter of the
    WCAA.
    Cathy lives with her husband of nearly 40 years. She has two grown sons, and one grandson.
    She and Terry enjoy traveling (when they can) and taking rides in their little convertible when the weather is nice.


     
    Links and Resources;
    Michele Williams - Profit First and Pricing without Emotion
    The Workroom Endgame by Jeanelle Dech
    Pricing Your Work With Confidence by Kitty Stein
    AirTable
    Chickadee rotary cutter
    Amy Burton's Cornice Board Video

    • 1 hr 1 min
    326 - OT Podcast with Michele Williams

    326 - OT Podcast with Michele Williams

    Michele Williams is a serial entrepreneur and speaker on a mission to close the financial literacy gap for small businesses. 
    Through her two companies, Scarlet Thread Consulting, a client-facing coaching program, and Metrique Solutions, a robust financial software platform, she supports entrepreneurs to understand their numbers confidently. 
    Michele is a champion for creative entrepreneurs, serving as a change agent to facilitate building scalable and profitable businesses. Michele’s empowering work has been applauded by The Business of Home, My Doma Studios, and The American Society of Interior Designers. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    325 - Elizabeth Jung - You Just Keep Swimming!

    325 - Elizabeth Jung - You Just Keep Swimming!

    Born and raised in Marietta Ohio. Enjoyed making and creating as a kid and did a lot of cross stitch with her mom. Sewed a pair of shorts as a class project in 4th grade and didn’t pick up sewing again until after college. As a social worker, in Cincinnati, creating became a great outlet so she took an upholstery class and learned the basics. Life had plans and her first daughter was born, a month early and only 4lbs. So most creative ventures took a back seat. 2 more daughters came along and then her mother-in-law decided as a break from mom life a sewing basics class could be fun. Once a week for 6 weeks Elizabeth got out and realized how much she loved sewing! Over the years she has made costumes for plays, altered prom dresses, wedding dresses, and dance costumes! For a brief stint even had a storefront for her alterations business. Life again threw a curveball and her husband got a job in Asheville North Carolina and they needed to move. In Asheville, she found out about workroom tech through a grandmother at her daughter's school and during covid, she took several online classes and found enjoyment in creating soft furnishings. She has taken on jobs in the past year and is now looking to build and grow her business in the home decor space.
     
    Links and Resources;
    Price Your Work with Confidence by Kitty Stein
     
     

    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

    • 50 min
    324 - Listener Favorite - Angie Wewel

    324 - Listener Favorite - Angie Wewel

    Angie Wewel is the owner of Grandview Drapery Studio, a wholesale workroom located in Arvada, Colorado, just northwest of Denver. From a young age, Angie has had the desire to start her own business in a creative industry. After attending the Custom Workroom Conference in 2018, she decided it was finally time to turn her life-long passion and pursuit of sewing into a career. Angie values ongoing education and has attended classes at Workroom Tech in Tryon, North Carolina, studied upholstery at a technical college in Denver, and has taken many additional online and in-person training courses and seminars to hone her skills. She is a member of the Workroom Accountability and Mentoring group (WAM), and a member of the WCAA, and WCAA Virtual Chapter.
    Angie is on Facebook and Instagram
     
     
    Links and Resources;
    M'Fay Workroom Manual
    Deborah Cronin's Blog
    Curtains & Soft Furnishings Resource Library
    Price Your Work with Confidence - Kitty Stein
    SCORE
     
    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

    • 52 min
    323 - OT Podcast with Lisa LaChance New Owner of Dream Draper

    323 - OT Podcast with Lisa LaChance New Owner of Dream Draper

    Lisa LaChance started Something Sew Unique nearly 20 years ago in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. While there she had the opportunity to create unique window treatments and bedding in every style, texture, and fabric imaginable – from rustic country to shabby chic to sleek contemporary style. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. As a professional member of the Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA), she is active in the promotion of window treatment design and fabrication as a business. In 2007 she completed certification to become a Certified Workroom Professional and was also featured in the prestigious Window Covering Association of America (WCAA) 2007 Elegance Showcase. Her solid educational background and experience, coupled with her love for sewing and design, have given Lisa a unique view into the window of interior fashions. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, spending time with her grandchildren, and caving in her backyard.
     
    Links and Resources;
    Dream Draper
    Instagram

    • 36 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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