I’ve had a passion for sewing that began when I was seven or eight. By the time I was in high school, I was making a lot of my clothing—even my prom dress and the skirt that I wore to my college graduation. When I purchased my first home, making window coverings and bedding was the next step.
Many years ago, a few friends asked me to sew a few items for them, and that is how my business started. Helping others craft one-of-kind items brought great joy to me, and my clients. It still amazes me what ten yards of fabric can become!
When I started my business fourteen years ago, formerly Sew What Sew Anything, nowExciting Windows! by Colleen, my clients brought me their ideas and projects and I brought them to life. It really just involved my sewing skills and what knowledge I could acquire from books and magazines. As the years progress, I have become more of a designer, creator, and supplier of fabric, and hardware, too.
I had been looking to take the WFCP FastTRACK Workroom Certification program to give me more knowledge of my craft. Taking the course reinforced a confidence that I can bring to my clients. I know that I have the ability to create industry-standard window coverings, and using the techniques that I learned in my classes offered me additional tips and tricks to make the projects go quicker and look better. One tip I learned was to cut out some of the bulk in a box-pleated valance. Wow, did it help, and what a difference it made! I didn’t have that bump that I previously had with other valances. This past month when I was making six drapery panels, I used my newly purchased fabric stapler instead of pinning, the project was quickly sewed and time was saved in the workroom. These are just a few tips from my classes that I have implemented into my workroom.
“Being the best professional that I can be and bringing that to my clients is the best I can offer to my clients. I highly encourage you to take the WFCP program to give yourself that greater knowledge to bring to your workroom, and your clients.”
Colleen is also the mother of four grown children and has two grandchildren. She and her husband enjoy camping, biking, hiking and working out. Colleen loves the flexibility that owning a business brings to her lifestyle!