Friday, December 18, 2015

A Season for Giving

For many years now at Stevenson Vestal during the holday season our employee-led Gifting Committee and our entire work family join together to donate gifts to local families in need. This year we are donating bicycles, toys, and clothes to two needy families with young children. We hope your holiday season is filled with the joy of giving, and we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.


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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Materials Received report to debut Monday, October 12


Dear Valued Customer,



Stevenson Vestal is proud to introduce the Materials Received automated email report, which will complement our familiar Status Letter. The new reports will start going out on Monday, October 12th.


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The goal of this new information tool is to give early confirmation that our Receiving Team has checked in your materials. The report will be emailed daily, Monday through Friday at the same time as your Status Letter, but of course we will send it only on days when we have checked in materials for you. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all your materials — instead it shows only materials that we checked in for you on the day of the report.



Please have patience and allow our Receiving Team the time they need to measure and inspect your materials. This process is on a slight delay from your van pickup date or UPS tracking date. 

All customers currently subscribed to the SV Status Letter will receive the new report, so there is no need to sign up. If you would like to opt out of SV status reports simply contact your Customer Service Rep. But we hope you'll give this new report a fair chance, because we think you'll come to love it and rely on it. 



We will use 3 colored icons to indicate your material's status:


1. MATCHED TO ORDER: We have successfully matched your material to your work order. All's well! Look for your products to appear on the Status Letter soon.





2. MATCHED TO QUOTE: We have matched your material to an existing quote. This indicates that your quote needs to be finalized and converted into an order.









3. UNMATCHED: Our Receiving Team cannot find an order or a quote to match with your material. Please contact your CSR to discuss.




- • - • -

At Stevenson Vestal, we are continually working to improve our quality and services. We have more improvements in the works that are of a similar nature to this new Materials Received report. Our current focus is to communicate sooner, and more effectively, through new innovations to our automated systems and human communications. We can’t wait to roll out all the new things we have planned for you in the near future, so stay tuned!




Thank you so much for your business partnership,



Your Stevenson Vestal Team

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tech Tuesday #11: Stackback of Stationary Panels

So you are planning to treat your client's windows with Stationary Drapery Panels. Excellent! But now you have some questions to answer in order to determine the width placement of these custom products. First, where, exactly, will you install your panels relative to the window glass, trim, and wall? And second, how tightly will you stack them?

Stationary panels are a bit different than traversing draperies, with their tight stacking off the window when open. For stationary panels, an illusion is sought — the appearance of fully drawn-open draperies, occupying a similar wall space and revealing the glass and the view. Enjoy the comic below and let the sun shine in! (click or tap the image to see full size) 







And SV Customers, you may view the corresponding SV Tech Sheet: "Width Placement of Stationary Panels" by going to the SV Dropbox.*  

*Friendly reminder: SV Dropbox is your location online to access all of Stevenson Vestal's digital publications (except price catalogs). Please note that you do not need to login and you do not need a Dropbox account.  Send us an email if you need a new link to the SV Dropbox.



More Tech Tuesdays:
#1: Face Width
#2: Finished Length
#3: Projection and Bedding Drop 
#4: Number of Widths vs. Fullness 
#5: Traversing vs. Stationary Draperies
#6: Fabric Orientation
#7: Dropping Patterns
#8: Top Down Matching
#9: Ring Count
#10: Half Drop Fabrics
#11: Placement of Stationary Panels

We would love your feedback. Leave us a comment!




Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tech Tuesday #10: Half Drop Fabrics

Does your fabric have a very large design with a diagonal arrangement of motifs? You might have chosen a half drop fabric. There is a special challenge to handling these types of fabrics when quoting yardage, and cutting and matching widths in the workroom. But at Stevenson Vestal, we are up for the challenge! Enjoy the comic below (click or tap the image to see full size). 







And SV Customers, you may view the corresponding SV Tech Sheet: "Half Drop Fabrics" by going to the SV Dropbox.*  This tech sheet includes additional helpful visualizations and examples.

*Friendly reminder: SV Dropbox is your location online to access all of Stevenson Vestal's digital publications (except price catalogs). Please note that you do not need to login and you do not need a Dropbox account.  Send us an email if you need a new link to the SV Dropbox.



More Tech Tuesdays:
#1: Face Width
#2: Finished Length
#3: Projection and Bedding Drop 
#4: Number of Widths vs. Fullness 
#5: Traversing vs. Stationary Draperies
#6: Fabric Orientation
#7: Dropping Patterns
#8: Top Down Matching
#9: Ring Count
#10: Half Drop Fabrics

We would love your feedback. Leave us a comment!




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tech Tuesday #9: Cinco de Ringo (Ring Count)

Happy Cinco de Mayo—and while we're celebrating, Happy Cinco de Ringo, too! Let's get this party going in the traditional way, by counting rings for draperies! We have some tips and recommendations for you. Enjoy the comic below (click or tap the image to see full size). 






And SV Customers, you may view the corresponding SV Tech Sheet: "Ring Count" by going to the SV Dropbox.* This Tech Sheet includes complete ring count recommendations for all styles of draperies with rings, plus a never-before-published chart for Seamless Drapery ring count. 

*Friendly reminder: SV Dropbox is your location online to access all of Stevenson Vestal's digital publications (except price catalogs). Please note that you do not need to login and you do not need a Dropbox account.  Send us an email if you need a new link to the SV Dropbox.



More Tech Tuesdays:
#1: Face Width
#2: Finished Length
#3: Projection and Bedding Drop 
#4: Number of Widths vs. Fullness 
#5: Traversing vs. Stationary Draperies
#6: Fabric Orientation
#7: Dropping Patterns
#8: Top Down Matching
#9: Ring Count


We would love your feedback. Leave us a comment!



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tech Tuesday #8: Top Down Matching

Coping with inconsistent pattern repeats is an important challenge to overcome. This kind of problem is common with plaid fabrics especially. At Stevenson Vestal, we have a way of handling this challenge. Enjoy the comic below (click or tap the image to see full size). 

And SV Customers, you may view the corresponding SV Tech Sheet: "Top Down Matching" by going to the SV Dropbox.*

*Friendly reminder: SV Dropbox is your location online to access all of Stevenson Vestal's digital publications (except price catalogs). Please note that you do not need to login and you do not need a Dropbox account.  Send us an email if you need a new link to the SV Dropbox.









More Tech Tuesdays:
#1: Face Width
#2: Finished Length
#3: Projection and Bedding Drop 
#4: Number of Widths vs. Fullness 
#5: Traversing vs. Stationary Draperies
#6: Fabric Orientation
#7: Dropping Patterns
#8: Top Down Matching
#9: Ring Count

We would love your feedback. Leave us a comment!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tech Tuesday #7: Dropping Patterns

In the world of music, letting the beat drop is a good thing. In the world of custom soft goods, letting the pattern drop could potentially be the worst thing ever! Industry standards have changed. It used to be that fabric was inspected and any fabric pattern that dropped by more than one inch from selvage to selvage was held back. These days we often see dropping patterns of 1.5" to 2". 

At Stevenson Vestal, we have recommendations for handling this challenge. Enjoy the comic below (click or tap the image to see full size). 

And SV Customers, you may view the corresponding SV Tech Sheet: "Dropping Patterns" by going to the SV Dropbox.*

*Friendly reminder: SV Dropbox is your location online to access all of Stevenson Vestal's digital publications (except price catalogs). Please note that you do not need to login and you do not need a Dropbox account.  Send us an email if you need a new link to the SV Dropbox.








More Tech Tuesdays:
#1: Face Width
#2: Finished Length
#3: Projection and Bedding Drop 
#4: Number of Widths vs. Fullness 
#5: Traversing vs. Stationary Draperies
#6: Fabric Orientation
#7: Dropping Patterns
#8: Top Down Matching
#9: Ring Count

We would love your feedback. Leave us a comment!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tech Tuesday #6: Fabric Orientation

Every Tuesday we present a tech topic to demystify the details, the measurements, and the math of custom soft goods. 

This week: Fabric OrientationEnjoy the pirate comic adventure below (click or tap the image to see full size). 

Click or tap the image to enlarge

We would love your support, collaboration, and feedback. Let us know about the technical challenges you have faced. Comments are welcome, and we will try to solve any technical dilemmas that you may post. We want this to be a open forum for your benefit.  


SV Customers: You may view the corresponding SV Tech Sheet: "Fabric Orientation" by going to the SV Dropbox.*

*Friendly reminder: SV Dropbox is your location online to access all of Stevenson Vestal's digital publications (except price catalogs). Please note that you do not need to login and you do not need a Dropbox account.  Send us an email if you need a new link to the SV Dropbox




More Tech Tuesdays:
#1: Face Width
#2: Finished Length
#3: Projection and Bedding Drop 
#4: Number of Widths vs. Fullness 
#5: Traversing vs. Stationary Draperies
#6: Fabric Orientation
#7: Dropping Patterns
#8: Top Down Matching
#9: Ring Count

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tech Tuesday #5: Traversing vs. Stationary Draperies

Every Tuesday we present a tech topic to demystify the details, the measurements, and the math of custom soft goods. 

This week: Traversing vs. Stationary DraperiesEnjoy the comic adventure below (click or tap the image to see full size). 





We would love your support, collaboration, and feedback. Let us know about the technical challenges you have faced. Comments are welcome, and we will try to solve any technical dilemmas that you may post. We want this to be a open forum for your benefit.  


SV Customers: You may view the corresponding SV Tech Sheet: "Traversing vs. Stationary Draperies" by going to the SV Dropbox.*

*Friendly reminder: SV Dropbox is your location online to access all of Stevenson Vestal's digital publications (except price catalogs). Please note that you do not need to login and you do not need a Dropbox account.  Send us an email if you need a new link to the SV Dropbox



More Tech Tuesdays:
#1: Face Width
#2: Finished Length
#3: Projection and Bedding Drop 
#4: Number of Widths vs. Fullness 
#5: Traversing vs. Stationary Draperies
#6: Fabric Orientation
#7: Dropping Patterns
#8: Top Down Matching
#9: Ring Count







Thursday, April 2, 2015

SV in Bloom with Advice, Photos, Showroom

Hello, Friends!

Hopefully, wherever you are in the world, winter is finally losing it's icy grip and spring has sprung. Here at Stevenson Vestal, situated as we are in sunny North Carolina, we are blooming with the season in
3 new ways...

1. New Expert Advice on Tech Tuesdays
We are budding out with a new series of friendly advice articles that we call Tech Tuesdays. But don't let the word "tech" scare you. We are chasing away the mystery and confusion of custom soft goods with comic style and clear descriptions of basic topics. By using colorful web comics plus concise illustrated SV Tech Sheets, we are building a complete set of information, one page at a time, that will answer the designer's question: "What do I need to know to be successful at ordering Stevenson Vestal custom soft goods?"

You'll find our first four Tech Tuesday articles on our blog right now:

Tech Tuesday #1: Face Width, from March 10, 2015.
View here.


Tech Tuesday #2: Finished Length
, from March 17, 2015.
View here.


Tech Tuesday #3: Projection and Drop
, from March 24, 2015.
View here.


Tech Tuesday #4: Widths vs. Fullness, from March 31, 2015.
View here



2. New Photo Gallery
We have a gallery of photos popping up like a field of spring flowers. Take a stroll through our new photo collection on Flickr. The new portfolio is a living, breathing collection that will grow as we go. And we'd like to publish your photos of finished projects! This will be free promotion of your business, acknowledging your beautiful design work, with links back to your own web locations.

Click on PHOTOS at
StevensonVestal.com. to view our growing gallery...


...or go directly to SV's new Flickr photo gallery.



3. New Stevenson Vestal Showroom
We have created a new designer showroom, visitor center, and work space, with your growth in mind! Come for a visit to the new showroom, and we'll give you a workroom tour as well. Our new showroom is a place to get to know us better, or connect with your design muse by viewing our new wall displays. We even have space to lay out your plans for custom soft goods. The High Point Furniture Market is only a 45 minute drive from Stevenson Vestal. Drop in, or schedule a visit any time of the year by calling 800-535-3636. You are most welcome to visit!

Stevenson Vestal Showroom, completed in March 2015.
See more here.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tech Tuesday #4: Number of Widths vs. Fullness

Every Tuesday we present a tech topic to demystify the details, the measurements, and the math of custom soft goods. 

This week: Number of Widths vs. FullnessEnjoy the comic adventure below (click or tap the image to see full size). 

Click or tap to enlarge.

We would love your support, collaboration, and feedback. Let us know about the technical challenges you have faced. Comments are welcome, and we will try to solve any technical dilemmas that you may post. We want this to be a open forum for your benefit.  


SV Customers: You may view the corresponding SV Tech Sheet: "Number of Widths vs. Fullness" by going to the SV Dropbox.*

*Friendly reminder: SV Dropbox is your location online to access all of Stevenson Vestal's digital publications (except price catalogs). Please note that you do not need to login and you do not need a Dropbox account.  Send us an email if you need a new link to the SV Dropbox



More Tech Tuesdays:
#1: Face Width
#2: Finished Length
#3: Projection and Bedding Drop 
#4: Number of Widths vs. Fullness 
#5: Traversing vs. Stationary Draperies
#6: Fabric Orientation
#7: Dropping Patterns
#8: Top Down Matching
#9: Ring Count





Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tech Tuesday #3: Projection and Bedding Drop

Every Tuesday we present a tech topic to demystify the details, the measurements, and the math of custom soft goods. 

This week: Projection and Bedding DropEnjoy the comic adventure below (click or tap the image to see full size). 

Click or tap to enlarge.

We would love your support, collaboration, and feedback. Let us know about the technical challenges you have faced. Comments are welcome, and we will try to solve any technical dilemmas that you may post. We want this to be a open forum for your benefit.  

SV Customers: You may view the corresponding SV Tech Sheet: "Projection and Bedding Drop" by going to the SV Dropbox.*

*Friendly reminder: SV Dropbox is your location online to access all of Stevenson Vestal's digital publications (except price catalogs). Please note that you do not need to login and you do not need a Dropbox account.  Send us an email if you need a new link to the SV Dropbox



More Tech Tuesdays:
#1: Face Width
#2: Finished Length
#3: Projection and Bedding Drop 
#4: Number of Widths vs. Fullness 
#5: Traversing vs. Stationary Draperies
#6: Fabric Orientation
#7: Dropping Patterns
#8: Top Down Matching
#9: Ring Count





Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tech Tuesday #2: Finished Length

Every Tuesday we present a tech topic to demystify the details, the measurements, and the math of custom soft goods.

This week: Finished LengthEnjoy the SV Tech Man comic adventure below (click or tap the image to see full size).  

Click or tap the image to enlarge.

We would love your support, collaboration, and feedback. Let us know about the technical challenges you have faced. Comments are welcome, and we will try to solve any technical dilemmas that you may post. We want this to be a open forum for your benefit.  

SV Customers: You may view the corresponding SV Tech Sheet: "Finished Length, defined for every product" by going to the SV Dropbox.*

*Friendly reminder: SV Dropbox is your location online to access all of Stevenson Vestal's digital publications (except price catalogs). Please note that you do not need to login and you do not need a Dropbox account.  Send us an email if you need a new link to the SV Dropbox





More Tech Tuesdays:
#1: Face Width
#2: Finished Length
#3: Projection and Bedding Drop 
#4: Number of Widths vs. Fullness 
#5: Traversing vs. Stationary Draperies
#6: Fabric Orientation
#7: Dropping Patterns
#8: Top Down Matching
#9: Ring Count