Friday, March 14, 2014

What do you call this kind of shade?

This style of shade must have a name.  While making 8 of these, we've been calling it a butterfly shade, but I think that means something else to some people.  If you know what they're called, will you please let me know?
It started with a picture in one of my favorite books, "The New Curtain Book" by Stephanie Hoppen.  I made a real-scale mockup for my client out of fabric and banding similar to hers.  With this as our guide, we worked our way through the details of the actual shades.

The banding was made from a linen ficus print, and we wanted to maximize use of the stem section of the motif.

It was unfortunate that two of the stems were right by the selvedge, making them unusable for wrapped banding..... unless, of course, we cut off the writing and pieced on a cutoff!  Yes, we did.
Planning out the stems and leaves for 8 shades was an all-consuming task and took almost as long as sewing them on.  Thank goodness for quilters' clear straightedges.  Finally all the strips were marked, labeled, and cut.
We made up one shade for approval and were off and running.  The embroidered silk sheer and the linen print are both from Pierre Frey.
For the center band, the fabric was cut double, folded to the center, and topstitched.  More on that detail later.
Time to put the shades on boards, and out of all the fabrics in this workroom, not one was a good color match for covering the board.  Off to Joanne Fabrics and guess what worked- a goldish linen-textured cotton, and 4 layers of pale grey tulle- a little nutty, but.......... a little OCD goes a long way in this business!
The combination created the perfect background for the embroidered sheer.
Remember the center band, with the doubled fabric folded to the middle?  Well, to my horror, when we held a completed shade up to the window, we could see light leaking through where the edges did not always meet!  Off again to Joanne Fabrics, and tan fusible hem tape did the trick this time, fused onto the back over the gap.  It provided just enough extra coverage to keep the light from coming through.
The shades transformed this hallway.

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