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.