Soft furnishing courses

Ginny Peace Interiors now run soft furnishing courses from Ginny's beautiful home in Cranbrook.

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Learn creative curtain making and soft furnishing in an enjoyable and relaxing environment.

These first class training courses include all materials as well as coffee on arrival, a two course home made lunch and afternoon tea. Small workshops in beautiful Cranbrook in Kent are limited to a maximum of 4 to ensure that everyone gets the right amount of attention.

All the courses are suitable for beginners who would like to make furnishings for their own homes but also for those with a little experience who would like to raise their skills to a professional standard. Many students in the past two years have gone on to start their own businesses under Ginny's expert guidance.


One day courses are priced at £125 including materials lunch and refreshments
One week courses are priced at £625pw with the option to attend any of the scheduled days at £125 per day


"Ginny Peace Interiors Courses have been marvellous. Ginny has given informative and enjoyable tuition to get me started on my new career. I had made curtains for years for my own home, and the courses at GPI have been perfect for me to start making curtains to a high professional level. I have come away with a good grounding to start making curtains, blinds and cushions for my own clients" Nicky, Wiltshire.

Not sure you'll be able to cope on your own after the course? Have a look at some of the work done by previous students after they got home. Previous students' work. There are more photos over on our FaceBook page.


*New for 2014! - A Craft Day (read more...)


Curtain making & soft furnishing courses 2014

250x250_fitbox-low_res_3985.jpgONE DAY COURSES

One day soft furnishing courses cost £125 and include lunch, materials and a set of comprehensive training notes to take away with you.

Each day commences at 9.30am and finishes around 5.00pm
These soft furnishing courses are based in Cranbrook, Kent and each training class size is limited to 4 to ensure that all attendees receive personal attention.

Please email us if you would like to give one of the courses as a gift - we can arrange a Gift Voucher


Introduction to curtain making

Learn how to measure a window for curtains, discuss design ideas for a window treatment, choose an appropriate heading, calculate fabric requirements, pattern matching, cut out fabric and linings, attach pencil pleat tape. Working on a sample you will make a lined and interlined curtain.

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Interlined curtains with hand pleated headings

This course follows on from the Introduction to Curtain making for those who want to learn advanced techniques, but can also be taken as a separate soft furnishing course for those with some experience. Please call if in doubt!

Learn all the techniques used to create lined and interlined curtains with hand pleated headings including: calculating pleat sizes for triple pleat and goblet headings, the use of buckram in a heading, creating pleats, and completing the curtains with the attachment of pin hooks. You will learn how to make sample curtains showing examples as above. 

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Roman BlindsRoman blinds

On this course you will learn to design and make a hand sewn roman blind. The course includes calculating fabric and pleat spaces for rod pockets and you will make a sample roman blind.

NOTE: This course now covers making blinds that are fully compliant with the new EU legislation concerning Blind Safety which all professional makers need to know.

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On this course you will learn to design and make a flat pelmet and a valance. The course includes calculating fabric and you will make a sample of each.



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150x150_fitbox-_011.jpgScatter cushions

Learn how to make a simple piped and zipped scatter cushion and an envelope style cushion with covered buttons on this one day course. Techniques taught include making and covering piping, inserting zips and covering buttons.

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This course can be taken as a follow on from the previous Scatter Cushion day or separately.

The techniques taught include all of those taught in the previous course.

Learn to make a box cushion for a bench or chair.

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One Week Intensive Certificate Course

(£625pw with the option to attend any of the scheduled days at £125 per day)

Designed to provide students with the skills to tackle window dressings with confidence. It is suitable for absolute beginners as well as those with a little more experience. This course is invaluable for those wishing to set up their own business or simply to save £££s on the decoration of your own home.

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Leanne and Annabel with their completed projects at the end of a One Week Course in December 2013

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Stacey, Deborah and Marian with their cushions at the end of the One Week Course in February


The course covers the following:


  • Roman Blinds
  • Curtains
  • Curtains with hand sewn headings
  • Pelmets
  • Cushions
  • Starting a Soft Furnishing Business

NB: This is a ONE WEEK course during which you will learn all of the above techniques and go away with a certificate confirming your achievement for just £625pw.

Optionally you can attend any of the scheduled course days of your choice at £125 per day (subject to availability).

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A Craft Day - New for 2014!

This course in intended for those who would like to make items for a craft sale/stall and the items made would make ideal presents for friends and family. The day is intended to be informal and fun, but with the usual expert tuition and time saving tips and will also include coffee, a two course lunch and afternoon tea.
 

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ACCOMMODATION AND DIRECTIONS: For a list of suitable accommodation and directions please click here.

TESTIMONIALS: If you're still not sure whether a Ginny Peace Soft Furnishing Course is suitable for you read some of our testimonials.