Tuesday, September 25, 2012

More than the sum of its parts

One of the hardest things for me to do is stand in an empty room and visualize the changes that the designer can so easily see in her own mind.
Katherine Stern has a great imagination.   She also is in love with pattern and color. When she presented me with half a dozen fabrics that seemed to bear no relation to each other, I could but have faith in her vision of the master bedroom she was designing.
I'm hesitant to show these now because the room is unfinished, but here we go anyhow.

When the room is complete we will have installed window treatments as well.  But so far our share on this side of the room is the bedskirt, duvet cover, and flanged shams;

on the other side, this round tableskirt, and a topper which I pieced from a too-small remnant that Katherine loved and scraps of the sham fabric to make it big enough.

The most fun part of the project was creating the topper from scraps from the shams.  The look and the process are right up my alley.  How about those mitered corners?  I hated to give this topper to its owner!

Not shown in the picture at top are the feather/down wedge bolsters out of the headboard fabric.  Albany Foam custom-made the feather/down inserts from the template we made. 
I called them the "purple monsters" because stuffing those inserts into the covers was like wrestling an insanely strong, clunky, irrational being.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Box-pleated header, and more.....

  Finally.  The last shade in the Paris Interiors collection.

Right off the bat you could see that the vertical ribbon can be run sideways as a border.  So we split the fabric in half and pieced one row onto the bottom. 

Since you can see the wrong side of the tails, we contrast lined with a blue silk.  I don't much like pillowcased sides, so I experimented with sewing in a teeny little blue silk flange, on the sides as well as the bottom.  

The beautiful solid glass beads were kind of heavy for the fabric, and the tape was sort of dull, so I sewed the trim tape halfway into the bottom seam with the little flange behind it.

The box-pleat header idea was irresistible.  Since the dotted ribbon is printed crookedly, the blue band came out all wonky, which I just loved. 

I imagine it's not to everyone's taste, but it suits me perfectly.

The header is stapled to the 3/4" board face, then the blue welt is stapled over that. 

The tricky part is stapling the shade, upside down, with tacking strip up against the welt.  

Then the shade is flipped down revealing a beautiful finished top.

Monday, September 17, 2012

More Layered Trim......

This print sort of swallowed up the blue trim until I tried narrow strips of red peeking out from behind.

The narrow ribbon created such a great pop that I decided to carry the red-blue to the top.  Making microcord out of 1/2" wide grosgrain is not easy!  Actually it wasn't much easier to make pencil welt out of the heavy, textured blue braid, either.  I never layered welt before- I like it!

Although the pattern on the topper was carefully matched to the shade when looking straight on, from a lower sight line there seems to be a gap.  The bottom row of red ribbon fills in the space and gives one last bit of pop.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Aaarrrggghhh more shades!

Back in Liz's shop...... I swear, I do have other projects to report!............. but I'm going to get through these display shades first.  One more post next week then we've moving on.

I do really love this little balloon shade.   With fullness at barely 1.5x the bottom silhouette is gentle and understated.  Balloon shades can have up to 3x fullness.  The more fullness, the deeper and droopier the swoops.

Liz loves her trims, and this is one of the prettiest in this collection of display shades.

After the shade was on the board I felt like the top needed a defining line.  I found this soft twist cord at Fabric Mart in Yorktown Heights.

Off-white sheers with gorgeous trims were chosen for two relaxed styles. 

London shades are really just a type of balloon shade, with a larger-than-usual center section, and tails.  This geometric sheer is lined with a white voile.

Clear square glass beads hang heavily from the orange tape and define the bottom silhouette.

The relaxed Roman is made up in a linen-cotton blend, and I'm sorry that the white-on-white applique is not so visible in these pictures.

Delicate hand-blown glass beads are works of art in themselves.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Eight mitered corners... Yikes!

I'm going to keep plugging away at featuring the shades we made for my friend Liz's store.  Yes, other work has been going on!  I'll catch up to that soon.
This was the most difficult of the shades Liz ordered.  Any shade with trim on four sides is going to cause a lot of angst.  Everything must be square, but printed patterns are hardly ever printed true.  Also since there is take-up every time you sew a stitch in fabric, by the time the sewing is done, the shade might be a little shorter than you had planned.
And that's not all.  What you see there is not one trim, but two!  The yellow trim is layered over the grey ribbon.

That meant eight miters..........   a time-consuming process.
This was a scary shade.

This shade was made with ribs in pockets on the back to help keep the folds.  The layered trim makes the folds bulky so the shade looks best pulled up no more than half-way......
which is how we displayed it in the store. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Scalloped bottom with grosgrain ribbon

It sure is taking me a long time to get back into the blog groove.  I think I know what it is: my desk is REALLY messy and I don't like sitting here feeling guilty about it.  So this week is Desk Week.
Meantime, before I start cleaning (ha!), I want to continue showing some of the display shades I featured two posts ago, for my friend Liz's new store.

For this shaped-bottom flat Roman, Liz chose an adorable grosgrain ribbon with little buttons.

I didn't think I could get the ribbon to go around the curves of the scallops, but by hand-sewing with teeny-tiny stitches and easing the fullness around the curves, it worked.   This is time-consuming!

After the shade was on the board it clearly needed something to define the top and balance the ribbon.  I rummaged around and found a gorgeous pink velvet that I bought at a Couton & Tout warehouse sale.  Perfect!