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