The bay window shades provided continuity from the kitchen window around to the full-length family room windows, and really completed the flow of the space.
|The new bay window shades|
|The original three shades in the family room|
|All the shades wrapping around the space from the sink to beyond the fireplace|
I kept all my notes from the family room fabrication, but the best thing I did was photograph the fold layout. I was able to refer back to this and re-create the pattern placement exactly.
For this pattern, after crunching the numbers I decided I wanted to have every third fold match.The repeat is 17", so I multiplied by 2 which is 34 and divided by 3, which is 11.3". I wanted 7" folds instead of 6".
Now, in order to fabricate a shade in compliance with the safety standards, we have a limit of 16.9" loop. This means the ring spacing on the fabric plus the equal amount of lift cord cannot exceed 8.45"- and many of us just round that down and figure a maximum of 8" ring spacing. But on a hobbled shade, there is another loop to consider: the loop created by the tape plus the row spacing. For a 6" fold, that allows 6" between rings on the tape, and a little over 10.5" row spacing on the fabric. That's what I usually figure for hobbled shades with no pattern.
However, for THIS shade, after adding the 7" tape/fold spacing to the 11.3" row spacing, the "loop" was 18.3"- more than is allowed. So----- here is how I devised a way around that!
I marked the horizontal rows at 11.3", and the tapes at 7", and began sewing them onto the shade. You can see here that I have used ribs, but not pockets. An X-shaped stitch holds the layers together around the rib, the tape is secured, and the ring sewn to the tape.
|X-stitch securing the rib|
|Securing the tape|
|Adding the ring|
|Sliding needle 3/4" down under lining only|
|Tacking the tape|
|The tack barely shows!|
|Getting comfortable to work my way up the shade|