EVERYTHING FAMILY &
"Mother of Family Ideas"
Trade Secrets for
Designers, Architects and Drapery Production Specialists
104 pages, 7.5" x
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instructions for shades, cornices, valences and other window
treatments are included.
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Learn trade secrets for professional drapery production!
Learn to produce the best quality
professional draperies following Joe's precise measurements,
patterns, proportions, techniques and
step-by-step instructions for production. His lifetime of
work in drapery workrooms, including his own which had a
fabulous reputation with designers, is all combined in this
book to help you create professional looking draperies that
give your work that extra special touch and added value.
78 illustrations and
50 photographs are
included to show you how to make
draperies Joe's way.
A pattern for an ordinary jabot
A pattern for Joe's jabot, which
has a more elegant and flowing appearance.
Learn how to achieve the results
you want! Chapter 17 goes into the extra effort, including
testing to see if the final product hangs and drapes
gracefully, if the proportions look right, and if fringes and
trims match up on the bottoms of jabots and swags.
About the Author
was first exposed to the draping of windows
almost 56 years ago. Shortly after World War II, he was hired
as an apprentice upholsterer with a firm owned by two brothers
who specialized in embroidery, custom upholstered furniture,
draperies, and bedspreads. Gradually he expanded from
upholstery to learning about fabrics, draperies, design and
custom installations through hands-on experience.
knowledge, Marotta purchased and operated his own drapery
workroom, where he insisted on using only the best rods,
supplies and materials. He was fully committed to producing
the best quality draperies. Joseph
Marotta gained the reputation of having the
“most expensive workroom in Cleveland.” That gave him a sense
of pride because he earned this reputation by providing his
clients and decorators with the best in workmanship, quality,
linings, supplies, and -- last but not least -- Service!!
The motivation for this book came when Marotta
saw a photograph featuring the Oval Office, which showed a
drapery treatment at the White House. He said, “I could not
believe my eyes when I saw what I considered poor design and
poor workmanship. The folds in the swags were in disarray and
the cascade was not in proper proportion to the height of the
window. Why was this
sloppy workmanship allowed in a treasured room of this nation?
Is the know-how totally lost?” After looking at that photo,
Marotta made a decision to help drapery workrooms by passing
on some of the methods he had used successfully for years, in
the fabrication of draperies and drapery treatments. The
information, which includes patterns, directions, techniques
and measurements for proportions are included in this book,
The Drapery Workroom.
Table of Contents
with Center Open
5. Striped Fabric
6. Sun Burst
9. Empire Swags
16. Roman Shades
17. Extra Effort
18. Bed Spreads
19. The Drapery