I have been out of town at the Custom Workroom Conference in Spartanburg, SC, the workroom industry's premiere educational event, packed with inspiring instructors, eager attendees, and the most attentive and helpful vendors imaginable.
I was honored to be chosen to present my class "Set Yourself Apart," addressing ways in which a small workroom can set itself apart by offering the best in service, collaboration, and fabrication.
|Thanks to Penny Bruce for the photo xoxo|
The last customer product that we finished was a roman shade with grosgrain ribbon banding. I think this little shades is a great example of "setting ourselves apart." We used the ribbon to cover the board ends as well as the ends of the weight bar.
I headed first to Middleton Place National Historic Landmark, one of the early rice plantations in the Low Country.
In Charleston downtown, there are so many beautiful sights, I couldn't imagine what to pick to show you. Just google Charleston, and you'll get an idea.
But what really sparked my imagination was this: the Karpeles Manuscript Museum. What on earth is THAT? I don't know, yet, but I know that I want to go back and visit it.
Well, I was so busy during the conference, there's not much I can show you in the way of pictures to give you an idea of what it's like. Our workroom community is vibrant and exhilarating, and at the conferences and trade shows the excitement spills over until you think you just can't take in any more.
The days were filled with meeting up with old friends, meeting new attendees and even brand-new rookie workrooms, attending the extremely moving and inspiring Keynote speech from Lonnie and Kelly from Weave Gotcha Covered!, sitting in on classes with other instructors, and networking with our awesome workroom supply vendors.
Promoters Susan Woodcock and Rodger Walker are our workroom heroes and they put on an event for us that is unmatched.
If you've never been, and think that a few days of intensive industry immersion can improve your workroom business, let me know, and I'll keep you informed as details about next year's conference are settled.
Now I'm home, in the workroom, and supplies that I ordered are beginning to arrive.
Time to get back to what I love to do- working with beautiful fabrics! Stay tuned!