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  • Swags and Tails - My first Attempt

    Hi All,

    Karen your swags and tails are beautiful.

    This is my first attempt - the client unfortunately wouldn't go for Triple pleated curtains so had to accept that they wanted Pencil Pleat ones!

    [attachment=0:gjxzsrlq]P - Dining Room.jpg[/attachment:gjxzsrlq]
    Kindest Regards,
    Karen

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    Re: Swags and Tails - My first Attempt

    LOVELY Karen. Did you choose the paint as well? I have not tried swags over a pole yet.

    I see you staggered the tails was that the M&D patterns?
    Karen Rhodes
    Karen Rhodes Design
    Pole Design

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    • #3
      Re: Swags and Tails - My first Attempt

      Morning Karen,

      Yest this was the M & D Patterns. No didn't do the paint on this one - it was already decorated by the time I got involved. Which was a shame - but can't win them all!

      I was soooo nervous about hanging this as this was my first ones over a pole but all went ok, just took a long time mounting it all.
      Kindest Regards,
      Karen

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      • #4
        Re: Swags and Tails - My first Attempt

        Karen you have produced a lovely job here especially as it is your first attempt.

        If I may I will make a small professional criticism and you may have had good reason for doing what you did.

        When you design your window treatments using Swags and Tails to dress a normal window as you have here try to look at traditional proprtion in terms of tail length and framing. My design for this window would have probabably produces two differences.

        1, The tail length would have been closer to the standard three fifths of the drop. You have produced a lovely hang to your tail, very natural in my view, and had it been a little longer would have drizzled out more finely and demonstrated you confidence more.

        2, Because there is no centre swag I may have made the two outer swags a little larger which could have improved the proportion and framing of the window a little. The standard drop of a swag being one fifth of the drop. This second point is always made a little tongue in cheek though as the client may have taken there own view on proportion.

        A very dangerous thing to have is a client who takes a view on things and so difficult to have the confidence to to correct them without offence.

        Yes Karen you were correct about the pleating. One can tell immidiately that heading tape has been used. When you do get customers who are compliant with your designs try to design with doublepleats not tripple though - Tripples are slightly harder work and with doubles the hang is always slightly better.

        All in all a job both you and client should be proud of.

        .

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        • #5
          Re: Swags and Tails - My first Attempt

          Thanks

          Unfortunately on this one the client had a huge amount of input!

          I advised that the tails be longer - however the client was insistant that they sat just above the dado rail / chair rail whatever you call it in the room and no amount of advising would change her mind!

          And again with the swags I advised larger,however she was insistant that they weren't any larger as she wanted the pole to show nicely in the middle and no more of the view to be blocked - against my better judgement!

          It is difficult when you have a client who knows exactly what they want and sometimes no amount of advising will change their mind. In respect to her she knew what she was looking for and I gave it to her - she was over the moon with it all!

          Thanks for the tip about the double / triple pleats will definately try that one!
          Kindest Regards,
          Karen

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          • #6
            Re: Swags and Tails - My first Attempt

            I rather expected that would have been the case Karen and it's such a shame about the crap pole. Obviously all her taste is in her mouth.

            As your confidence grows this should happen less. Endevour to cut your own patterns. Every window will require different sizes of swag so your patterns will be of little use to you soon.

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            • #7
              Re: Swags and Tails - My first Attempt

              Well you will be saying that my green tails are not 3/5 of the drop. I deliberately wanted the shorter tails on that window though and used the appropriate pattern for the swag. Just wanted to do somthing different. I do like the longer tails on taller windows usually
              Karen Rhodes
              Karen Rhodes Design
              Pole Design

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              • #8
                Re: Swags and Tails - My first Attempt

                Karen - Classic proportion is there to use as a guide and not a stick to beat people with. The green swags and tails are beautiful and elegant and you should be very proud of yourself for carrying out such lovely work. Is that the finished work or do you have curtains to hang there also?

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                • #9
                  Re: Swags and Tails - My first Attempt

                  No

                  Still have the curtains to do. Had to cut two drops each curtain so I could pleat by design and it should also work out good working from the top downwards. I will post the pic once curtains up. I will do the double pleats on the top to see the effect. I had not used the shorter tails before but felt the longer ones on a 254cm drop too long and could not be bothered to make my own pattern. I only posted the pic to see what you though. Its placed very high on the window to get height. I had noticed in one of M&D's books they had done the same.
                  Karen Rhodes
                  Karen Rhodes Design
                  Pole Design

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                  • #10
                    Re: Swags and Tails - My first Attempt

                    Karen - Classic styling is there only to create a reference point from which we start to learn how to design, Its a bit like comming to terms with a comparison of say L.S. Lowry & Rembrandt each are quite perfect in form but exquisitely different in style.

                    When, however, you do break from traditional shape and form you must be, as you clearly are, capable of understanding why you are doing so. We will see the overall balance of what you have created when you post pictures of the finished job as it is not easy to visualise the complete works from this one picture.

                    Good luck

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