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Curtain Making
Interior Design
Roman Blinds
Getting to Know Your
Sewing Machine

Basic Lampshade Making


About Us


AwakenHiddenSkills is run by Terry Masters.


 Terry has considerable experience in Interior Design and Curtain and Window Design and Treatments.  She trained at the National Design Academy studying Professional Interior Design and Professional Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings and at Newbury College for Upholstery.  Terry has had her own Interior Design company for over 20 years, TMM Designs, and has undertaken many projects in the Berkshire and surrounding areas. She also has a professional business background having worked in London and overseas.


We are now into our seventh year and have trained a variety of people, ranging from those with absolutely no previous experience to those wishing to perfect the skills they already have, and from all different walks of life.  Many of our students have returned time and time again and have completed all of our courses, so we must be doing something right!  Have a look at our testimonials.


We focus on a Curtain Design and Window Treatments Course.  Courses run from one to five days – the choice is yours.  Beginners and the more experienced are all welcome.  You will get practical “hands-on” tuition; how to make curtains, roman blinds and pelmets, together with how to run your own soft furnishing business are the basis of the Course.  You will be provided with comprehensive course notes, and details of where and how you can purchase the best value and quality products.


You will be shown how to choose the best design for your home, learn sewing and estimating techniques, and will make a sample to take home for future reference, along with your comprehensive course notes.  A section on how to set up your own soft furnishings business is also included.  If you are looking to change career, or are a mother with children at home wishing to find a subject which you can work at home, with hours to suit yourself, then this is the course for you. A few of our students now successfully run their own business.


Our other new key course is a two day Introduction to Interior Design.  Bring along the measurements of a room you wish to redesign and we will show you how to draw to scale the room layout and plan the design.   You will focus on using a colour wheel, examining different paint charts and wallpapers.  We will demonstrate how to choose the correct style of window dressing for various window shapes, and show you carpet and hardwood samples.  By the end of the course in Interior Design, you will have comprehensive notes, have made a sample board, floor plan and have paint charts to take away.   Save making those costly mistakes by taking this course before you redecorate your home.


We also offer a Cushion Making Course, a Roman Blind Course and a Course Getting to Know your Sewing Machine.   Further details can be found on our Course pages.

E.     T. 01488 668699 / 07990 970158