Read interiors writer Janet McMeekin’s first-hand account of Applemoon’s Roman blind masterclass:
Posted on October 25 2018
Can I let you into a little secret?
Can I let you into a little secret? I’m definitely not much of a seamstress so, when Kim Hayman of Applemoon Interiors invited me to attend a Roman blind masterclass, I initially took a sharp intake of breath.
The truth is that for many years, I’ve mainly relied on my mother to tackle the window treatment challenge for our own homes, and she certainly has done so with gusto.
However, when Kim kindly asked me along to the step-by-step Roman blind demonstration, I reckoned this was the ideal opportunity to find out more and, perhaps, even consider stepping up to the mark myself.
Applemoon’s credentials for making beautiful soft furnishings and, in particular, bespoke Roman blinds, are impressive to say the least. Kim and her experienced team provide a first-class service, ensuring that all curtains, blinds, cushions and lampshades are tailored precisely to their customers’ needs.
Arriving for the masterclass, having previously met Kim and various staff members, during visits to the store at Westergate, near Chichester in West Sussex, I knew I’d be in excellent hands.
After a warm welcome, and a sociable mingle with the other attendees (including a lady who had travelled from the New Forest for the masterclass), it was time for Kim to work her magic.
And work her magic she did, since I can only describe what followed during the next two-and-a-half hours as completely awe-inspiring.
With total professionalism and her open, engaging manner, Kim talked us through every single step, from measuring the window to working out her drop, to cutting the fabric and calculating the required number of rod pockets (mathematics essential!).
Next, Kim advised our merry band of ten attendees about the process of choosing and cutting the right lining, slipstitching the fabric and lining together, sewing the rod pockets and cutting the rods and weight bar, plus finally attaching the blind to the headrail.
Throughout the demonstration, Kim’s years of experience shone through as she deftly (and thoroughly) answered numerous questions that arose, while peppering the hugely informative session with advice and top insider tips, gleaned from more than 15 years of making blinds for her own home and those of hundreds of customers.
By the very nature of the queries, it was clear that the ability of the attendees ranged from total novice (that would be me!) to people who were brushing up on their existing skills and keen to learn more from an expert.
While listening to the questions during the masterclass and chatting to several ladies afterwards, I could tell that they couldn’t wait to get cracking with their next Roman blind project. And, with such a comprehensive fabric library to choose from, several mentioned popping back to Applemoon to choose material.
As for me, having realised that there’s a lot more to making a Roman blind than I’d ever imagined, Kim and I have devised a new strategy which, basically, involves making a swift phone call to Applemoon Interiors!
The next masterclass being organised by Applemoon Interiors will have a festive theme. Run by West Sussex florist, Katherine Stayt of Passionate 4 Flowers, you’ll find out how to make a festive wreath to add a delightful touch to your home.
The masterclass will be held between 7pm and 9pm on Tuesday, November 20th at Applemoon’s new Rustington store in Sea Lane.