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HomeDecGal’s Mountain Chic: Breaking the Rules

When sewing custom window treatments, there is a set of well-known, professional standards for pleated, lined draperies.  If you own a workroom then you are probably familiar with “the rules”. Rule #1: 4 inch doubled bottom hems Rule #2: Allow at least two and a half times fullness Rule #3: Spaces between pleats should be … Continue readings

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Draperies are forever popular as functional window coverings or decorative side panels. With all the draperies being sold and installed today, what can you do to set your work apart? Give your draperies the “leading edge” by adding banding, welt cord, contrast hems and other design details. In this webinar you will see how to … Continue readings

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In Parts I and II of this topic I covered sateen,dimout and blackout linings, which are the linings you see from the outside.  (See HomeDecTech: Linings and Interlinings Part I and HomeDecTech: Linings and Interlinings Part II).  What about the lining on the inside?  Yes, lining on the inside or interlining, an added layer of material that can … Continue readings

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HomeDec Tech: Linings and Interlinings Part II

In Part I of this topic I shared a little about sateen lining, the basic go-to lining for window treatments.  (See HomeDec Tech: Linings and Interlinings Part I). The next most popular linings are “dimout” and “blackout”, which are valued for their insulation and light blocking capabilities. Most light blocking linings (blackout and dimout) have a foam … Continue readings

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HomeDec Tech: Linings and Interlinings, Part I

If you have ever purchased or sewn custom window treatments you are probably somewhat familiar with linings.  Perhaps it was something you knew you needed, but you relied on the suggestion of a store employee or friend.  The lining you selected was probably a fine choice, but it wasn’t an informed choice. I love fabric … Continue readings

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HomeDec Tech: Hand-Sewn Hems in Drapery Panels

I love the look of hand-sewn hems.  Hand stitching is considered a high-end technique in the drapery-making world, not because it is technical, complex or unique but because it is so simple.   It is the simplicity of the stitch.   The intimate, personal attention and care given to the materials while cradled in the … Continue readings

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Bold and Easy Appliqué Pillow: A HomeDecGal “Can-Do” Project

This eye-catching pillow is made using Coats phoomph for fabric, for a fast and easy appliqué.  Isn’t it amazing how one pillow can make such a statement? If you are familiar with quilt patterns you might recognize the traditional oak leaf design used on this pillow.   By using bold black and white fabrics, the pillow … Continue readings

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Have you ever made draperies or curtains?  What method did you use?  Pillow-cased or sewn side hems, double fold side hems, top down… bottom up? There are many different construction techniques when it comes to drapery making.  One of my favorites is a hand sewn drapery with interlining and interlocked layers.  This method, often called … Continue readings

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New Draperies for the Studio

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New Draperies for the Studio

For the draperies in my new studio I chose this bright print with a touch of blue to match the walls. (P.Kaufmann, Pattern: Summer Breeze, Color: Grenadine)  My favorite color is red and I love the hand-blocked look of the design so I was naturally drawn to this fabric. It makes me smile every time … Continue readings

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