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bespoke made to measure curtains and soft furnishings

Welcome to Design at Denton Drapes

Denton Drapes provides training in soft furnishing, curtain making and sewing skills in our dedicated facility at Water Hall Farm in Bedfordshire near to Milton Keynes. At the moment we offer one to one to one training  or design consultations with our Principal Penny Bruce. Details of group training sessions will be released soon.

Penny is passionate about the design of beautiful bespoke soft furnishings, building on a lifetime’s career in fabrics and fashion. Penny has been sewing since childhood, with a mother who sews, knits and cooks it was only natural that Penny would inherit/learn some of her mother’s skill. From her early days Penny always had varied craft projects on the go and she has never lost her passion or enthusiasm for beautiful fabric. Originally training as a fashion designer, Penny worked in technical roles for labels like Aquascutum and Alexon before making the move over to soft furnishings.

Her soft furnishing skills were developed through training at The National Design Academy in both professional curtain making and interior design, and through her ongoing involvement with the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) and the Window Covering Association of America (WCAA). Denton Drapes is a fully accredited Member of the AMUSF where Penny serves as a Director of the Board. In 2016 she was awarded a Fellowship of the Association, recieved the Freedom of the City of London and was made a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Upholders. In 2017 she was named as Bedfordshire's self-employed Woman of the Year.

For many years we have had enquiries from people asking if we run soft furnishing and curtain making classes . Up to now all we have been able to offer have been Observer or Project days plus an occasional day of learning with our fab network of sewing professionals. Meanwhile  Penny has been making regular trips to the USA teaching some of our great soft furnishing techniques for Workroom Tech, the Custom Workroom Conference and the Window Covering Association of America.

After more than twenty years making couture hand sewn soft furnishings for homeowners, designers and the trade, the Denton Drapes workroom closed in 2018 and has been redesigned as a training room. We will be running regular training sessions here in the UK. Penny says "I want to use all my years of experience in the trade to help other people to master the skills, knowledge and techniques needed to create beautiful soft furnishings and to run a successful curtain making business."



Penny Bruce of Denton Drapes, Interior Designer Milton Keynes