Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Workroom Wednesday – threadneedle studio

I have started a series that will showcase a different drapery workroom each week.  These talented artisans can take an idea or a photo and a bolt of fabric and turn it into an amazing creation that adds so much to your home.

Angie Knowles started her slipcover business in 2000 on the front porch of her home.  She eventually moved to the garage and then to a retail space.  In 2005 Angie and her husband purchased a home with space specifically for her business.

Angie came to slip covering in a round about way.  After receiving her certificate in Pattern making and Apparel Design from Bates Technical College in Tacoma, WA Angie and her family moved back to her home town of St. Petersburg, FL.  Angie had intended to use her skills as a freelance pattern maker, but was unable to find work in St. Petersburg.  To pass the time she worked part time at a local fabric store.  The fabric store offered a home décor services, to include slipcovers.  When the local slipcover maven suddenly retired due to health reasons, Angie realized there was no one else in the area doing slipcovers.  She reasoned, “if I can make a dress, surly, I can make a slipcover.” Thus her slipcover business was born.

adams after1

Angie loves the challenge of fitting the slipcover to the clients specifications, whether it is skin tight or loose and shabby.  Angie has recently started offering custom screen printing services to her clients.  They really like being able to have a screen printed monogram on their slipcover.

 hewitt monogram wing chair

monogram office chair

tuffet screen print

 office chair pleats

corner chair after


corner chair back copy


In addition to fabricating custom slipcovers Angie is also an instructor at the annual Slipcover Summit; having taught at the Summit since 2004.  She also hosted the Summit in sunny St. Pete in 2005.  Angie says “I have always enjoyed teaching sewing and the Summit offers me the chance to help keep the art of slip covering alive.”

office chair slipcovers

This cute project was published as a one yard wonder………

one yard wonder chair


white drape slipcover  detail


white drape slipcover back

Angie is a member of the Slipcover Network and the Custom Home Furnishings.

Angie hosts a Slipcover Showoff Party at her blog threadneedle studio go have a look or link up your own if you are lucky enough to be able to make them too !


Just a reminder to go enter my fabric giveaway at The Stories of A to Z


angie said...

Tammy, thanks for featuring me, what a great experience.

Its So Very Cheri said...

I am getting ready to do 4 chairs--so glad I came by today to see this post.

I am letting everyone know that I have moved my blog to my new site
I need to ask you, to please go over and RE-SIGN up to follow me over there. Google won't let you take your Followers with you so you are no longer getting my info in your reader, unless you have gone over and signed up. Sorry if you have already done so, I am trying to go back and forth between both blogs as well as my new e-mail and my old e-mail.
I have lots of fun things going on over at the new blog, so I hope you will hop on over and check it all out.

I also have a new give-a-way going on.

Design Esquire said...

Those slipcovers look beautiful! My hometown is St. Pete (my mom still lives there), so I am especially happy to see someone so talented from my hometown featured. Now, if my mother needs anything slip covered I'll know who to call! Thanks so much.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Oh, her work is beautiful. Some slipcovers are so baggy and ugly...these certainly are not!

Lilla Kullan ♥ said...

Beautiful!:-) Stina

AB HOME Interiors said...

Wow these are great transformations

bluehydrangea said...

Loving that slipcover with the K monogram and the dark trim..perfect!!!

Lori said...

Very beautiful work.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I'm in love with the chair with the monogram. Gorgeous!

pk @ Room Remix said...

I like the monogram and that slipcover folding chair is really fun! Thanks so much for tweeting about the gift card giveaway! Hope you're having a good weekend...

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

I am FASCINATED by upholsterers with skillz, I had illusions of having such skillz myself, but no patience sadly

Knotting Hill Interiors - Kimberly Grigg said...

Beautiful slipcovers! I especially love the monogrammed options. Adds that special custom touch to any space. Thanks for sharing the photos! - Kimberly

Little Lizard King said...


I recently stumbled across your blog via the Stories of A to Z, and I am your newest follower. I enjoy creating some of the same things you feature, only my blog relates to baby and kids more than design and windows.

I'm just popping in to say hello and introduce myself.

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