Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Catching up-

Oh I had the best intentions of posting every single day until Christmas, but really, the last two days got the best of me.  We made 19 shades and 7 valances, between Friday-Monday.  So I guess that's why I didn't have time to do a blog post!  Here is a sampling.
One of 15 relaxed romans, this one with dog-ears, 1" returns, and 1/2" top welt:
Antique satin makes a nice, drapey shade, and sleek top welting:
 Ten of the relaxed romans were machine-sewn, pillowcased with a 1" side hem.
We made all 10 at once, which speeded up the process.  Here are the other 9, waiting to be board-mounted and strung.  And guess what that cream-colored fabric is- yes, more antique satin......
This dog-ear valance was made a couple of weeks ago, same style, different proportions: about 45" wide, with 3 1/2" returns, rings set in 6" like the blue one above.
How about this embroidered beauty?
This is my way of making non-functioning flat roman shades to be used as valances.  Thank you Scot Robbins!   If you leave a bit of lift cord, the treatment is slightly adjustable with the orbs.
 This shade is part of a bigger story, to come later, but, this shot is useful for illustrating the kick-back of flat romans when they are hanging freely without a window to hold them forward.


  1. May I ask exactly where you placed the weight bar on the relaxed shade at the top? It does not appear to be at the first row of rings. Did you go higher with it? I am always struggling to get that weight bar right and depending on the shade I put it different places. Your work is beautiful and I simply aspire for my shades to be as lovely!

    1. Thank you, Cindy! I add 4 extra rings, and place the weight bar at the 5th ring up. The bar just need to go across ring to ring, not the full finished width of the shade. I hope that answers your question. Let me know if you need more info.

  2. Your shades are beautiful! Are the antique satin ones lined? Is "pillowcasing" the act of folding the hems twice and then hand stitching in place? And are the satin shades meant to be inoperable/stationary?

    1. Hi Cindy- yes, all those relaxed shades are lined. "Pillowcasing" means that you're sewing the front and back together, right sides together and then turning it right side out- like a pillow- rather folding a double-turned hem over the lining that is hand-sewn, blind-stitched, or adhered in place. To pillowcase you can use one of two methods: usually it means that the front and back are cut the same size, sewn right sides together, and turned- just like a pillow. The other way is to cut the lining the finished size, cut the face 4" wider, then sew the sides with a 1" seam, so when it's turned you get a double hem. As for the satin shades- I don't know if they are being used as operable or stationary. Once they left my workroom, I was out of the loop!

    2. Thank you for the detailed explanation. One additional question--are you saying that after sewing front to back, and when the sides are turned to the back, there are four layers? Then you hand sew the hem to the lining? I may be dense...

    3. Ignore my last comment, other than to thank you. I figured this out by visualizing the tube. If I use a 24" finished width, the fabric is (24 + 28 - 4) divided by 2 to get 24. I am dense!