Sharon L. Ferraraccio, master curtain maker and proprietress of Old Market Windows, has been enjoying the art of stitchery and sewing since the age of seven. Her earliest instructor was a professional seamstress and since that time, she has never retreated from her love of creating beauty from textiles with simply a needle, thimble, and thread. Combining her business interest and experience with her love of history, textiles, and the stitching of soft furnishings for the interior for the past forty years, it seemed only a natural progression that she would establish a business in which to practice the skill she has long enjoyed and refined. In 2004, after much encouragement from her sister, a successful business woman in her own right, Sharon began a year long process of discovery. In 2005, she opened OMW, which quickly became a ‘to the trade only’ workroom and design studio.
Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from George Peabody College (Peabody at Vanderbilt University) in Nashville, Tennessee, where she enjoyed the opportunity to continue her study of dressmaking and techniques for couture clothing construction. Soon after opening her business, she earned industry certifications from the Window Covering Association of America, as well as the Window Fashion Certification Program. In addition, Sharon served as a charter member of the WFCP National Advisory Board, successfully completing her term from 2010 to 2012. In 2010, she was selected to serve as a judge for the Workroom Ingenuity Competition, sponsored annually by WFCP and Vision Magazine.
A journey from a couture dressmaker to master curtain maker occurred when she received a shipment of English curtains in the mid-1970’s. The beauty of the hand constructed window hangings made a lasting impression. When she and her husband acquired their first historical residence in the 1980’s, she began to specialize in research and fabrication of period appropriate window dressings.
The creations made at OMW are striking both in function and appearance. They are time consuming to produce and when purchased, an investment. However, she presents a fabrication that is in harmony with the design professional who demands uniqueness, superior quality, and excellence. Sharon’s objective for her company’s daily work is to make certain the final product lends elegance where it is deserved, beauty where it is necessary, and performance where demanded.