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soft furnishings

bespoke curtain & roman blind maker


Covering South London, Surrey and beyond...





An independent business using traditional methods of craftsmanship with a contemporary twist to make beautifully hand-crafted soft furnishings for both the residential market and the TV/Film industry.






Bespoke service...


Together we will select your ideal fabric to design your bespoke window treatment, be that a set of curtains or a roman blind.


I will help you choose your fabric from a huge network of suppliers including James Hare, Filippo Uecher, Swaffer Fabrics, Chatsworth Fabrics, Fibre Naturelle, Warwick Fabrics, Vanessa Arbuthnott, Chess Designs, Ian Mankin, Clarke & Clarke, Prestigious Textiles and more.







What you will get...

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Your curtains will be hand-stitched using the best quality linings and interlinings, with weighted and mitred corners producing a beautifully crafted finish from a choice of headings; pinch, cartridge, pencil, eyelet or goblet. Your room will feel warmer, instantly look better and they will last for many years.


Roman blinds are also hand-stitched with traditional rod pockets and are fully child-safe using breakaway clips and toggles and approved cassette headrails, with your choice of chain finish.

You can also opt to have either your curtains or roman blind made with blackout linings.







British made...

Wherever possible I use products that are made in the UK. For example the superior linings and interlinings I use are made by William Clark in Northern Ireland (since 1736!) and the thread used in all of my hand-stitching is made at a mill in Lancashire. Both of these companies are at least a century old, so they definitely know how to make quality products!  In addition a lot of the fabrics I use are made in mills in and around the North of England.







Additional services...

Should you be looking for matching or contrasting piped scatter or box cushions, for your indoor or outdoor furniture, then look no further.



 

I can also supply roller-blinds in several finishes, from voile or dim-out to blackout and in a vast array of colours, textures and patterns. You can even have them made from your own choice of fabric and have a matching cassette to hide the mechanism. In addition to that I have verticals and venetians to offer, as well as a huge selection of curtain tracks and poles for you to choose from.

If you require a fitter to help with your installation then I can also arrange for an independent fitter for you.






About me...


Having originally trained in Glass Design, gaining an arts degree specialising in blown glass, I soon realised I wouldn’t be able to survive in London having a career in crafts.

I therefore started working in the film and TV industry as a Props Buyer, Stylist and Set Decorator on films and commercials in the UK. A few years later I turned my back on the freelance world and began working in-house for TV production companies, branding agencies and in digital media.

For the last eleven years I have worked as an Assignment Editor at a couple of London photo agencies, where I was responsible for the photographic coverage of entertainment, music, news and royal events throughout the UK, and occasionally in Europe. This all changed however when I was made redundant and so looking to change my career again, I went back to my first passion, working with my hands in order to craft something special.

So, expanding on my sewing skills, gained from years of occasional dressmaking, I trained to become a professional curtain & roman blind maker. This means I’m back to making functional, traditionally, hand-crafted items once again… and it feels great!






Testimonials...


Extremely professional, high quality service. Great service from start to finish with consultation and advice on fabrics and extremely precise measuring session. The result: beautifully hand made roman blinds that fit and look so much better than the previous blinds we had made for the same space. Advice too on how to tweak the fittings to ensure the blinds sit correctly once settled. Will definitely be using Cathy again next time we need any blinds or curtains made and thoroughly recommend her services for anyone looking for new curtains or blinds. 
VICTORIA W. SW18

Cathy made three beautiful roman blinds for us; one for our children's room with a fantastic alphabet design and two matching blinds for our bedroom in a geometric design. She was super helpful throughout and provided lots of samples to help us choose. She delivered the blinds on time and to budget at a very reasonable price. These blinds have made a huge difference to the light in our rooms when open and are fully blackout when we need them to be. We couldn't be happier and would gladly recommend Cathy.
MARK H. SW18

Perfect fit! I couldn’t be happier with the service! The curtains were fitted perfectly.
NATALIE M. SW17







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