Thursday, May 24, 2018

Super-fun fabrics

I love the trusswork John built for hanging and leveling our shades! 
Take a good look at it, because tomorrow I'll show an alternative use for the apparatus.
The following shades, for Crosstown Shade and Glass, are blackout with our special no-pinholes-of-light method.  This sunny yellow with appliqued circles and embroidery was fun to work with.  At first we thought there was no way we would be able to join the widths and get a good pattern match, but once we saw the trick to the match, it was easy. 
Are those folds pleated to pattern??- ah, uh, um, YES!  Of course.   And the 4" padded fascia is pattern matched to the shade.
All of our blackout shades have internal ribs.  They prevent the folds from losing their definition, and prevent the homeowner from losing her mind, since she won't have to dress these folds every time the shade is raised.
This whimsical embroidery was equally delightful to work with.
Again with the pleat to pattern.... in this case, every other fold matches.  We assess the pattern repeat to determine if we can match every fold, every other, or every third.  In fact, I'm presenting a live webinar in June (to the WCAA Virtual Chapter) on this very subject.  Once you get used to pleating to pattern, whether on shades or draperies, you won't go back to random!
The attention to detail is especially effective with side-by-side identical shades.  I love how the pattern flows from the fascia to the shade. 


  1. Love the little padded Fascia. Have you done a blog on them yet?

    1. Hi Chrystal- this is one of the comments I never received- sorry! Those little padded fascia seem to be a New York thing. I don't see anyone else doing them, but a couple of my designers like that look, so I do it! No, I haven't done a specific blog post on them, but I have an order coming up soon and will make sure to show how we do them. Thanks for reading, Chrystal! I hope I don't miss any more comments from you.