Monday, June 27, 2011
The faux-hobbled valance is 179" wide, hinged in the middle. We used Firm-A-Flex for the front to keep the weight down. Ant-trail stapling creates the folds. (That's a lot of staples!)
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Such a nice fabric to work with... I'm not sure of the fiber content: it feels like it has rayon in it, but it could be blended with silk or cotton. It was woven perfectly so it was easy to have the pattern match on all the hobbles.
Friday, June 17, 2011
There have been a few projects lately that have required some "fussy work." Here are a few little details that I enjoyed:
A laundry room rod pocket curtain needed to clear part of the washing machine, so we made a cut-out and bound the edge with a facing. The 1/2" hem was topstitched all around.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
|Gathered London shade valance|
Gathered London shades need to be planned a little differently from regular London shades.
|A perfect pleated London shade|
|Way too full! yuck|
Exactly one year ago I had a bad experience with 4 gathered London shades. It didn't help that there was a double ruffle in the bottom, which added weight and caused an even more pronounced "droopy drawers" look. Thinking these should be made at the same fullness as a balloon shade, the designer specified 2.5x fullness. Naively, I complied. As you can see, that was clearly way too much. I took them apart and cut out a lot of fabric to end up with 1.5x fullness. Of course I forgot to photograph the remake.
|Double gathered London shade valance|
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
When I first started working in this industry, 25 years ago, drapery fabrics were cotton prints. The big boom in silk was yet to come, no one thought of using upholstery fabrics on windows, and nobody asked for their sheers to be blackout lined.
This cotton print behaves perfectly as a Sheffield valance.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
This works for all the other shroud products as well: mesh tube shroud, ladder tape, or cord loop shroud. I've had to do it with them all, one time or another, either because I cut them too short, or because I "lost" the cord inside the shroud.