Meet Our Sponsoring Partners


 

 

 

 

 

The Workroom Channel gives you the fabrication skills, trade resources, and confidence to turn your passion for home decorating into a profitable business. Browse the METHOD SHARES and REAL WORKROOOMS videos to learn great tips from colleagues.  Then, experience the depth of understanding that comes with outstanding anytime-access courses created by trusted industry experts. Watch detailed demonstration videos, download companion materials, and participate in private course discussion boards with classmates from around the world. Click here to view the course catalog.  Start your course path today! 


 

          

Merrill Y. Landis, Ltd. (MYL) is a COM Window Treatment Manufacturing Workroom and Products Distribution company to the trade. In addition to their Custom Labor Workroom, they offer a wide variety of Decorative Drapery Hardware, Blinds and Shades, Fabrics, Motorization, and Workroom Supplies servicing both Decorators and Workrooms. Steve Landis is President/CEO and second-generation owner of Merrill Y. Landis, Ltd. A Temple University graduate trained in Lean Manufacturing, Steve has spent 46 years learning all aspects of the window covering industry working in their COM Custom Window Treatment Workroom helping Designers and other Workrooms be successful. 


 

 

The Window Coverings Association of America is the only national nonprofit trade association dedicated to the retail window coverings industry and its dealers, decorators, designers, and workrooms who are our members. WCAA was founded in 1986 as a division of the National Decorating Products Association. In 1993, the association left and became the Window Coverings Association of America. Today the WCAA has nearly 1,000 members in North America, Europe, and the Caribbean.


As you know, installation is a big part of our industry and great  installers are worth their weight in gold. But they are rare to find. Luckily Trading Up Consulting wants to change that. With over 15 years of experience and over 600 - 5 star reviews under his belt, Roger Magalhaes, a master installer, has founded Trading Up Consulting with the sole goal of elevating the installation standards for our industry. Some of their services include online and on-site installation training, a podcast, a list of installers by state, youtube videos, The Trading Secrets Newsletter and the VIP Card where you can buy blocks of hours ahead of time and use them in 15 minutes increments to consult with Roger on anything related to window treatment installations. To learn more, visit https://www.tradingupconsulting.com/ - Installation Training For Window Treatment Professionals.


With a degree from The University of South Carolina in Management Information Systems and Administrative Management, Michele Williams has combined her love of creativity and textiles with the nitty-gritty of business management to help other creatives learn the technical and financial sides of business. Michele is a Profit First Certified Coach, and she is the past president of the national WCAA and a member of the Atlanta and Virtual chapters of WCAA. Michele is also a member of WFCP, Design Collective, NAPW, and Designers’ Workroom Council. Michele Williams is fiercely committed to guiding creative business owners in the understanding of complex business concepts and processes in a simplified way. She strives to help them be profitable which allows for a healthier work-life balance. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Custom Workroom Technical Center or "Workroom Tech" is a training facility dedicated to the custom workroom industry with weekly hands-on classes for window treatments and soft furnishings. Classes are for all skill levels, whether you are learning to sew home decor to start a workroom business, or you are a professional seeking to hone your skills. Workroom Tech is owned and operated by Susan Woodcock and Rodger Walker, owners of Home Dec Gal and producers of Custom Workroom Conference


 

 

 

 

Ceil DiGuglielmo has owned Sew Much More, a custom workroom to the trade, in Warrington, Pennsylvania, since 2005. Passionate about education in the window coverings industry, Ceil regularly attends conferences and classes to keep up with industry standards and improve her skills. Ceil was Vice President of the Southeastern PA WCAA Chapter and also served as President as well as the Secretary of the National Board. Ceil hosts and produces the Sew Much More Podcast; an interview-style podcast for people in the Custom Home Furnishings Industry. 


 

Angel’s Linings is your leading family-owned drapery lining distribution company in Pittsburgh, PA.  our main guiding principle is: serve your customer like they are a part of our family.  Angel’s is committed to this principle and has maintained this from day one. Hope you enjoy our fun podcast and the tootsie pops you will get with your lining order. We’d love to welcome you to our family! 

Meet Our Contributing Partners

 

Socialite Vault is a collection of tools for soft furnishing workrooms who want to spend less time and less stress on marketing. You'll find everything you need to professionally and beautifully market your business, including email newsletters, one-on-one email sending services, branded magazines, social media posts, social media advertising, client welcome packets, and unlimited marketing consultation. You can start a 14-day free trial by going to www.SocialiteVault.com. No contracts. No minimum monthly commitments.

 


 

Seamless Workroom is an efficienty management system for designers and workroom professionals. It is designed to help keep track of job specifications with fillable measuring forms, resource documents, and fabrication workbooks that will calculate yardage as well as quote labor, hardware, and fabrics.   

 

 


 

 

Claudia Buchanan, the owner of Home Sewing Depot, started sewing at the age of 10. She is a former owner of a drapery workroom and an expert on home décor; including slipcovers, bedding, window treatments, and kids’ décor. Whether you want to learn how to create custom décor for your home at a fraction of the retail cost or use your home décor skills to launch a professional drapery workroom, Claudia is committed to helping you succeed. 


 

 


 

  

        

Interested in becoming a Contributing Partner?

Contact Ceil - [email protected]