We now carry a selection of our favorite reference books for design, drapery,
and curtain making.   (Books will note if they are new or in gently used condition.)

Check out our selection of books on drapery, curtain, and valance design and sewing.  We only carry books that are favorites of professional drapery workrooms!

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copyright 2000-2008
As seen in Window Fashions,
Draperies and Window Coverings,
Sew What, & Window and Wall Ideas Magazines

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Professional Workroom Handbook of Swags
Volume 1

(Paperback - New)
by Ann Johnson
Published 2004 / 120+ pages

Our Price $75.00

This is the definitive guide to swags.  Volume 1 concentrates on understanding three swags styles--traditional boad mounted swag, cut-out pole mounted swag, and the point-to-point swag (such as found on drapery panels or hanging from medallions).  This book explains in clear, concise terms how to draft almost any sized traditional swag pattern.  For less than the price of three patterns, the drapery workroom now has a flexible system for drafting hundreds of sizes of swags.  Over 120 pages of information.  Includes instructions on designing the treatment, drafting the pattern, sewing the swags, and installing each of the three different types of basic swags.  It also includes different options for reducing bulk and adding returns to a swag treatment.  Finally, as a bonus, the last chapter has information on scarf swags. This book is a must-have for any professional workroom.


Complete Book of Curtains and Drapes   Temporarily Out of Stock

(Paperback - New)
by Caroline Wrey
Published 2004 / 135 pages

Retail Price: $22.95 / Our Price: $16.60

The book that brought professional and glamorous window treatment techniques to everyone is now in paperback. "The Complete Book of Curtains and Drapes" is the definitive book on the creation of this most vital element of interior design, inspiring both beginners and experts to create luxurious living environments.


Caroline Wrey's Complete Curtain Making Course

(Paperback - New)
by Caroline Wrey
Published 2002 / 128 pages

Retail Price: $23.95 / Our Price: $18.29

The coveted private course in curtain and drapery making from the world's leading expert. Complete with lavish color photos, "Caroline Wrey's Complete Curtain Making Course" presents in detail her acclaimed instruction. 250 color photos.


The Home Furnishings Workbook
An Authoritative Guide to All of Your Home Furnishing Problems

(Paperback - this is a new book but may have some shelf wear)
by Maureen Whitmore
Published 1999 / 192 pages

Retail Price: $19.95 / Our Price: $14.25
An authoritive guide to solving all of your home furnishing problems with more than 100 professional techniques and 35 projects.   This is great book for learning fabricating techniques. 


Window Treatments

(Hardcover - gently used condition)
by Karla J. Nielson
Published 1989 / 448 pages

Retail Price:  $90.00  / Our Price:  $55.95

This book covers a broad range of information for both soft and hard window treatments.  It is  the book used as the textbook for the WCAA Certified Window Treatment Consultant exam.  Included are chapters on popular window styles and how to cover the windows, period window treatments, soft and hard window treatments, sources, terminology, and business information for the professional. 


Encyclopedia of Window Fashions

by Charles Randall and Patricia Howard
Published 2006 (5th Edition) / 226 pages

Retail Price:  $24.95 / Our Price:  $17.95

The original window treatment sketchbook just got bigger and better! Over 1000 decorating ideas for windows, bedding and accessories, including draperies, curtains, shades, blinds, shutters, balloons, verticals, toppers, bedspreads, pillows, cushions and more.

The Fifth Edition features all the current styles together, plus several chapters of contemporary and traditional illustrations.  It includes a glossary of textile and decorating terms, as well as other valuable information.

Every designer and window-covering professional should have this book. 
With more illustrations than previous editions, the fifth edition is a complete visual reference for the industry.


The Adventures of Curtain Lady

(Paperback, spiral bound--new)
by Mary Ann Plumlee
Published 2006
Retail Price:  $24.95 / Our Price:  $19.95                 STOCK

Written by a drapery workroom owner (also known as"blindladie" on the drapery forums) and writer for Draperies & Window Coverings Magazine, this cartoon book takes a humorous look at life as a "curtain lady."   Filled with decorating humor, such as how to get a 14 foot long cornice inside an elevator or how to check into a 'drape-a-holic rehab center,' this book also includes dozens of stories about life as a curtain lady.  Stories include, "To Market To Market," "Confessions of a Blindladie," Ahhhh yes...The Boy Scouts of Drapery Work," "Black Cloud," and "Blindladie Charged with Committing Hyperbole."  Perfect for the drapery workroom owner, installer, designer, or anyone else involved in the soft furnishings or decorating industry.


Designs for Window Treatments
Over 100 Styles for Curtains and Other Soft Furnishings

(Hardcover - New with shelf-wear on cover)  1995
by Lady Caroline Wrey
Published 1995 / 96 pages

Retail Price: $29.95 / Our Price: $22.50

This sourcebook of designs for window treatments contains 140 sketches of coverings for every type of window, including styles for blinds, valances, trimming, window seats, and bed coronas. Wrey's tips on matching style to setting, taking measurements and choosing materials make this book an excellent working tool for the professional interior decorator and accomplished home sewer alike.  This is a style and design book--does not include instructions for fabricating the styles illustrated.