Karen Erickson has been engaged in the home decor interior industry for more than 20 years. In 1986, she started Fine Finishing by Karen as a part-time home based business designing and fabricating draperies, slipcovers and other fabric accessories. In 1998, her company became a corporation with a name change to Slipcover America, Inc. (http: //www.slipcoveramerica.com). She has worked with designers, decorators and retail customers throughout the United States, specializing in on-site fabrication (in customer's homes). Karen instructs both in the U.S. and Canada doing seminars and workshops at fabric stores, for sewing guilds, in professional workrooms, and at numerous trade show and groups. In January of 2007, she partnered with Claudia Buchanan of Sew What! to start http: //www.HomeFashionsU.com. She lives in Snohomish, WA.