Course TWO

Professional Curtain
Making & Soft Furnishings

Course Summary ​

  • This course is a great refresher for skills & techniques learnt on Course ONE.

  • Students will make a Full size curtain together, including onsite measuring, calculations, fitting & dressing and discussion on client liaison and costing.

  • Onsite visit from leading industry supplier with recommended make up products and curtain poles.
  • Make a fully operational London blind sample with ribbon detail.

  • Make an Eyelet curtain sample incorporating the mitred border technique.

  • Explanation of Pleating to Pattern and Horizontal repeat.

  • Make an interlined Integrated Valance curtain sample with Goblet pleat heading, incorporating trimming and embellishment detail.

Entry Requirement Course ONE to have been attended.
Duration 5 Days
Course Timing 09:00 to 17:00
Certification AIM Accreditation
Course Fee £950
£250 Deposit
£700 Balance

If you are able to travel to us, we highly recommend training face to face at Victoria Hammond Academy, where you will receive individual tuition and guidance in a small class.

A deposit payment is required to secure your place on a course.
Balance payment is due to be settled at least
14 days prior to each course start date.
Option in ‘Your Account’ to make Part Payments towards the balance.

All course fees are inclusive of specialist products and materials, designer fabrics and a comprehensive step-by-step manual. We provide refreshments throughout the day. 
Free parking on site.

On completion of this course students will be awarded an Accredited Certificate. 

Victoria Hammond Collective is accredited by AIM Awards which is an approved British Awarding Body, regulated by Ofqual. We are registered with UKRLP as a Learning Provider and also an approved member of other reputable organisations, including the Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers. 

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ONSITE Course TWO – Professional Curtain Making & Soft Furnishings

This course covers further training for students who have completed our Course ONE. Measuring, calculations, costing, client presentation, important refresher making of a full size curtain and dressing and fitting the curtain. This course shows students further design options for providing a bespoke service to include making eyelet, integral valance and London blind samples, incorporating mitred borders and embellishments and trimming detail.

Day One

Making of a Full Size Curtain & Business Seminar

  • This is an important refresher day after completing Course ONE. Students will take part in making and designing a full size curtain (including how to move a curtain on the table). This involves measuring of a window on site, calculations, designing curtain style, choosing fabric, make up, fitting and dressing of the curtain to existing fitted pole.
  • Further comprehensive advise on preparation of an Estimate of Costs for window dressings, when running a business.
  • Onsite seminar provided by leading industry supplier, Hallis Hudson, with focus on make up products, lining and interlining and curtain poles.


Day Two

London Blinds

  • London blinds dress a window beautifully, and are an alternative option to the Roman blind. Discussion on London blinds, their suitability and fabric quantities required.
  • Students will design and make a fully operational London blind, with ribbon detail, followed by a fabric covered batten from which to hang the blind.
  • Pleating to pattern – discussion/demonstration on the importance of pleating to pattern when working with the horizontal repeat of the fabric.

Day Three

Eyelet Curtains

  • Discussion on designing curtains with contrast borders.
  • Students will make an Eyelet heading sample curtain designed with mitred contrast borders to leading edge, hemline and outer edge.

Day Four & Five

Trimmings & Embellishments & Valances

  • A comprehensive session on trimmings and embellishments available in curtain making.
  • Discussion on valances (soft valances fitted to a pelmet shelf and integral curtain valances) and their proportions.
  • Students will design and make a sample curtain with an integral valance, incorporating hand heading Goblet pleats, with inserted and attached trimming & embellishment detail.

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