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    This was my last 'hanging' before Christmas.....

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    They are both the same LA fabric but the lighting makes them look a different colour. The lower edge of the blind and the leading edges of the curtains both had crystal trims from Troynorth. There was a second identical window at a right angle to the left of the curtained one.
    Louise


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    Re: Last job before Christmas

    They look really stunning..... must have been very satisfying to have finished on a high before Christmas.

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    • #3
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      Louise,
      the curtains look lovely, but how are they going to pull round the radiator cover?
      Regards
      Pen
      Kind regards
      Pen Harrison
      Colly Brook Fine Furnishings

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      • #4
        Re: Last job before Christmas

        Yes, this was discussed (!) and the answer is carefully, not very often and accepting that when they are closed the cover will cause them to stick out!

        In another guest room they decided to have full length curtains in a bay and slightly shorter ones over a similar radiator cover. That is my first project this year.
        Louise


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        • #5
          Re: Last job before Christmas

          Sometimes style is more important than practicality - and in this case I think the right choice was made.. They look great!
          Have you registered your business yet?

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          • #6
            Re: Last job before Christmas

            Louise,
            Another absolutely stunning job. Well done again. Hope lots of work comes your way in 2010
            Ursula

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            • #7
              Re: Last job before Christmas

              Looks stunning Louise - Well done
              K W Designs
              Bournemouth

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              • #8
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                Lovely work louise, especially like the shaped bottom on the mock roman.

                Bev

                The Window Dresser

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                • #9
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                  What a lovely job to finish on before Christmas, they look stunning. I agree with PhIlip. I'ts often best to put style before practicality!
                  Kind regards

                  Cat

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                  • #10
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                    Another beautiful room Louise and I too think style over function was the right choice in this case! The shapely bottom is just lovely too!

                    Look forward to seeing the other room.....

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                    • #11
                      Re: Last job before Christmas

                      Wow Louise , well done , fantastic work

                      Would you mind going through how you achieved such a beautiful shaped AND beaded bottom on your roman blind. It looks superb.

                      I struggle with shapley bottoms at the best of times, let alone one with beads Yours is fab!

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                      • #12
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                        Hi Louise

                        What a good question Tam I also would like to hear how you achieved this too - as I have never tried to make a shaped blind.

                        Thanks Kathy xx
                        K W Designs
                        Bournemouth

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                        • #13
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                          Thank you for the compliments! I was pleased with how it turned out......it was a customer request after seeing a picture in the LA catalogue.

                          I had not made a blind with a shaped hem before so I got various books out and experimented with some spare fabric - the main question I had was whether to add any stiffening to the shaped section or not. I got the shaping from the patterns printed on some pelmet Vilene someone passed on to me thinking I might be able to use it! I think Pelform has similar.

                          In the end I did not use any stiffening as I felt it made the shaped seam too heavy once turned to the right side. I made a piece of paper wider than the blind with the shaping on, centred it on the fabric before drawing a pencil line. I drew the shape on the wrong side of the fabric lightly in pencil leaving about 1cm seam allowance. I pressed the sidelays down both sides of the blind as a guide for the side seams. I used another piece of fabric as a facing, placing it right sides together at the bottom of the blind. I made it long enough to go up to the first rod pocket at the back of the blind.

                          Then I stitched the shaping line carefully, going back over a couple of places to make sure it was really accurate. Then stitched the side seams of the facing along the pressed lines. I trimmed the shaped seam to just less than 1cm and clipped every curve very carefully lots of times to make sure the curves were smooth when turned through.

                          Then turned the fabric to the right side and pressed the curves accurately. After that I made the blind as usual. Although it was not a working blind, I made it pretty much the same drop as normal one. I made the shaped hem section about a cm deeper than the total depth of the shaping and took that amount off the drop of the blind before calculating the rod spacing, adding it back on again when I positioned the lining with the rod channels so that the shaped section would show when the blind was folded and in place.

                          The trim was added right at the end by hand - 'Chelsea' from the Troynorth 'Capital' collection. I tried to guide the customer to one that was quite narrow and soft so that it would follow the curved shape easily.

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                          Louise


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                          • #14
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                            Its ages since I have done a roman with a ' shapply bottom' , but thats the way we did it in the workroom. I have a selection of ' shapes' cut from pelform if you need them again, Louise. Back to the snow..........

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                            • #15
                              Re: Last job before Christmas

                              Thanks Louise for explaining how you have done the shaping.
                              K W Designs
                              Bournemouth

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