Monday, April 29, 2013

What I've been up to

It's 24 days since I last posted!....  I thought I'd better get up to speed on what's been happening around here.
We just sent out 48 widths of drapery, 8 roman shades, 4 windows' worth of swags and jabots, and one valance for a whole house project being installed today.  On Thursday I'll be delivering pillow, bedding, etc, and the furniture will be in place, so that's when I'll take my photos.
Meanwhile here's part of another order being installed today- this little cutie of a shade designed by SuElyn Chase of Cottages 2 Castles.
Quilted silk, banding of white faille, and glass beads.

 The top of the board looks as pretty as the shade.

Flaps with buckram hide the mechanism.

The banding is turned to the back and hand-hemmed, and the weight bar, concealed in a fabric tube, is tacked to the shade at the bottommost ring with the ends tucked into the banding.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Fab Fabric Friday!

Everyone else in the house got sick, and I smugly thought I was the lone holdout- until I realized I was simply the last man standing, but not for long.  I caught the cold on Monday.  I haven't gotten much work done this week!

Here is what we're working on now: a beauty of a fabric from Vaughn; here it is on the roll, but by next week it will be hanging as draperies in a bright, airy family room addition, accompanied by the lime and royal blue pillows made from the fabrics featured two weeks ago.
When we first rolled this fabric out for inspection we could see that the embroidered pattern ran off-grain by a too significant amount to join widths for flat panels.  The Vaughn rep, Deanne, graciously had it picked up and sent out to Griswold in Rhode Island to be stretched.  The variation was reduced to within about an inch, so it can be used for panels with a little fudging.  Instead of double width panels, just the centers of each width are used so the worst of the slant is removed; resulting in approximately a width and a half per panel.
These cheery fabrics are the pillows in this room: