Wednesday, January 12, 2011

W is for WCAA

The ABC’s of window treatments
When you’re flipping through a magazine and see a beautiful window treatment do you ever wonder who made it ?  It probably wasn’t made in a huge factory by big machines.  Most likely it was hand made by a small one or two person workroom with lots of attention to detail. The roman shade and valance above was made by little ol me.  When you’re a small business it’s great to belong to a group of like minded people.

The Window Coverings Association of America is the only national non-profit trade association dedicated to the retail window coverings industry, including designers, workrooms and installers.
They have over 1300 members in North America and the Caribbean and they are launching the first Canadian chapter on January 20, 2011.  There are 30 local chapters across the country and I’m lucky enough to have one near me. 

What I enjoy most is networking with my peers and bouncing ideas off of each other.  There are so many talented ladies in our group. We tour businesses like Spoonflower, Virginia Quilting and Greeenhouse Fabrics.  We have speakers like Susan Kostelecky from the Creative Sewing Camp, Edward Walker from Trading Spaces and Jackie Von Tobel.  Some months we just get together and have book club or watch a fabrication video.
I was just elected vice president of the Triangle Chapter and this is our officer picture for 2011.  Bianca Henry/President, Me/ VP,  Ronica VanGelder/Asst. Secretary, Lisa DeVita/Treasurer, Jackie Soderling/Secretary.
If you are in the window coverings industry I encourage you to join and start enjoying the education and networking !

Custom window treatments can be the single most important element in pulling together your decorating scheme. 
Contact me to provide you with up to date window treatments that you are excited about.


Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I can imagine your meetings are a great place to share and get new ideas and stoke the fires of creativity.

Storibook Designs said...

What a great group Tammy; Amy M is in your group as well isn't she? I don't know why but I always think of you as being in FL. Why is that? :-)

Tammy@InStitches said...

I'm sure it has something to do with my southern accent ! ;)

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