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WT Online Pro Series: Top Down Roman Shade

Instructor: Susan Woodcock


Live class sessions held on Tuesday, November 12 and 19, 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET.


In this two-week online course you will learn how to make a custom roman shade that operates and folds from the top to the bottom AND from the bottom up.  The class project is for a single window, inside mounted and using the VAKO 20/04 headrail track with cordless hand-crank operation.  This style of shade is perfect for windows that need privacy at the bottom half of the window.  Making a top-down shade is easier than you might think! 

In this class, Susan will share her fabrication method for making a lined shade with buckram and ribs.   This method creates a beautiful waterfall appearance, neat folds and allows for a wider distance between the lift cords necessary for a top down shade.


This is an advanced level course that requires general knowledge of roman shade construction and lift systems. Students must have the ability to set up accounts with wholesale suppliers to source the professional materials and supplies shown in this class.


This class includes:

  • Two 1-hour interactive lessons with instructor Susan Woodcock, presented live.
  • Links to view recordings of class sessions.
  • Written how-to instructions
  • Discount on the Vako TDBU system from Workroom Supply LLC 


You will receive a detailed supply list upon registration.  You are not expected to make a shade during the class.  If you would like to make a shade during the class, Susan will help you determine what you will need for the size shade you are making.


Course outline:


Lesson One

  • Measuring and pre-planning
  • Figuring yardage and working with pattern repeats
  • Review supplies and headrail system
  • Cord safety
  • Cutting face fabric and linings
  • Begin step-by-step fabrication


Lesson Two

  • Complete roman shade fabrication
  • Attaching the shade to the lift system
  • Making a matching valance to cover the headrail track
  • Labeling and installation

WT Online Pro Series: Top Down / Bottom Up Roman Shade

  • This is a home study program.  You will receive all of the listed information and recording links so you can complete the class. No refunds provided. 

  • Susan is so very thorough and detail oriented, and just so nice to take a class from. Her instructions and notes are impeccable, just like her window treatments. Thank you again for the opportunity to learn virtually. I'm still catching up on my class projects but my notes and samples will serve as a reference for a life time! I'm looking forward to taking more classes from Workroom Tech and Susan.

    ~Sherri M.

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