Regarding function: I wasn't sure this would work, but it did! I wasn't sure that lift cords could go around a corner and still work properly, but I was reassured by some folks on the CHF forum who have done something similar, so I took the plunge.
Regarding style: The client wanted a one-piece relaxed roman valance for her corner, and the designer wanted it to be adjustable with a cord lock. We made it two folds longer than the eventual finished length- here it is before drawing it up. I know the sections look like they're different sizes, but they aren't- it's just the angle and my little camera not getting along. The two swoops on the long side really are the same size, except the one on the end has a return.
***8/25/13: The valance was installed this morning, and the very talented installer dressed it to everyone's satisfaction, except that the homeowner wants the long side to be apportioned differently- so it's coming back to the workroom, and we'll move the long side's center lift line to the left so it will be in the middle of the window. She realizes the swoops will be different sizes, but prefers it that way. No problem here!***
Orbs on the short side will allow the installer to level the shade once it's in the window, if it is a little off. Because the lift cords cover a big distance, and one has to go around a corner, the tension is hard to get right. Sometimes they need a little adjustment on-site. Also we were not 100% positive that the boards were at perfect right angles, or that the height of each side was totally identical. And, that is why some smart person invented those orbs!
If I were going to do this again as an operable shade, I would suggest a different style than plain relaxed. I think I'd like it better with very small, shallow pleats at each lift line, to create a slightly fuller droop that can be more flexible in dressing. I'm also toying in my mind with the idea of set-in pleats, like a London; and the corner would be the tail for both sides. I don't know if that would really work.
I'm just glad we learned about the one-piece corner on a valance that can be dressed, rather than a full shade.
|YES, THIS NEEDS DRESSING!!!|