Friday, June 22, 2012
Kim Freeman's design choices are pretty nearly impeccable. Here she has chosen "Nightlife" in colorway "Dancing Queen" by Brentano for a modern and romantic transformation of a family room.
I had to trim off 4 rows of cutouts. The hems were the hardest part of the project- it wasn't easy to keep the fabric from buckling and twisting.
Monday, June 18, 2012
How do you spell "grey/gray?" Grey is the British and UK spelling, in use since the AD700s. Gray is the American spelling since around 1825. I have always spelled it "grey" which I suppose reflects my reading habits- I've been steeped in 19th century British literature for years.
Anyhow, I've been seeing a whole lot of grey recently. I guess grey is the new.......... sage? khaki? It's most often blended with pale natural or ivory, or sometimes more dusky naturals like sand or mink, with a pop of something hot and brilliant, like orange or mustard or fuschia.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
This is a beautiful, soft, lush printed velvet, with a gold contrast fabric welt, for 23' of Sheffield valance in a huge bay window. The sides of the bay are nearly 6' each, and the center is 10 1/2', so the installer wanted to staple the valance on-site, which I totally understand. But, tacking strips are so not my thing! To me they're a million times harder than just stapling the whole thing in the studio myself, the normal way, so I can fuss over it. I would have hinged the boards so it would fit into a van.... oh well. I will be worrying about the fit until I hear back that it turned out well.
Sorry no finished product photos for this work, which took up a giant bite of my week.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
I had another limited fabric challenge this week. Last week's was those two cute little valances I made out of one yard of pretty striped silk.
This week I had 10 repeats of a vintage Schumacher print, and needed to make two pretty valances for an attic guest bedroom in an old house. There were 3 cuts for the big valance, and 2 cuts for the small one; there was not enough to cut individual sections and piece together, so I seamed the widths and cut the scalloped shaped straight across.
I figured out how much was left in the width for the horns and had enough to gather them- I guess we could call this a Sheffield variation.
By cutting on a wider angle than usual I was able to cut enough bias strips for microcord at the hem. Lip cord in a blend of greens defined the top.
Everyone agreed that these valances fit the bill perfectly- pretty and not too fussy. There was even enough left to make a little pillow!
Friday, June 1, 2012
What do you make when you have two girls with smallish windows and one yard of beautiful silk? Right!- shaped interlined flat valances with pleats.