257 - Antoinette van Speyk - Respect Your Own Worth
Welcome to the Sew Much More Podcast! The interviews here are with creative business owners, mostly in the Custom Window Treatment, Soft Home Furnishings, and Upholstery industry, but also with others that are sewing related or business related.
Antoinette was born and raised in
Cape Town South Africa. She studied at the University of
Stellenbosch where she obtained an Honours Degree in Drama and
Theatre Arts as well as a Teaching Diploma. Her 20+ year career in
the Film and Television Industry gave her the opportunity to live
and work in Africa, Europe, China, the USA and finally Canada where
she settled with her family in 2000. Sewing has always been
her hobby. Antoinette remembers sewing her first apron under her
mother’s watchful eye at age three.
Sewing clothes for fellow students helped Antoinette pay her way
through university. She began sewing home furnishings as soon as
she moved into her first apartment. Blinds, Drapes & Bedding began in 2001, it is an
exclusive Window Treatment consulting service and design/production
studio supplying primarily, but not exclusively, to the trade. Each
and every item is sewn and constructed by Antoinette personally or
under her supervision. With a reputation for doing precise and neat
work paying special attention to detail, she takes pride in
continually upgrading her knowledge of new developments in the
Window Treatment industry and doing industry-directed Webinars
throughout the year. She is a WFCP Specialist (Window Fashion
An interview-style podcast with people in the Custom Window Treatment and Soft Home Furnishings industry. Ceil interviews business owners to find out their strengths, their challenges and advice they have for other business owners.