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Window Pair

by Kate
(Quaker Hill, CT)

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Question

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We recently renovated our kitchen, which included closing one window and eliminating a wall. We now have a larger, more open space w/ the kitchen at one end of the room.

There are four windows total, two in the kitchen and two in the family/seating area. They are all double-hung, 12 over 12 windows. The kitchen windows face northwest and are on either side of the sink.

They are large, running from ceiling to counter and I don't plan to put anything over them. However, I want to add window treatments to the other two windows that are in the family/seating area. I don't want to block any of the window glass area during the day, as the room faces northeast and needs all the light it can get. However, it would be great to be able to pull some curtains closed at night, to make the room warmer and cozier.

I was thinking about a thin metal rod above the molding - possibly running across the entire width of both windows, with grommet or ring-hung curtain panels. I am an experienced sewer and look forward to your advice and opinions.

Answer

Here are some pointers that will be helpful:

  • Remember the stacking width - when the curtains are open they will need to stack somewhere. If you don't want to cover the window you will need to make the rod and the curtains wider and it will stack on the side of the windows. You can choose to stack either on one side or both. Take this into account when you measure the fabric.


  • Purchase drapery hardware before you cut the fabric so you can see how much the hardware will take up and how long to make the curtains.


  • If you want the curtain to have fullness look here for ideas for drapery pleats.


  • If you don't want to be physically pushing the curtain material to open look at traverse rods that open by pulling at cords. For decorative traverse rods click here.


  • If you want to hang them on rings see the decorative rods below:

    Decorative Wood Drapery Rods

    Wooden Finial, Rod, and Bracket Sets

    Drapery Hardware Rod and Finial Sets



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What is a V pleat?

by Marianna
(Canada)

Question

I've been told the newest trend is to have a v pleat - is it the same as a pinch pleat? are there any photos I can look at?

Answer

The "v" pleat is actually the same as the two finger pinch pleat. You can see how it looks on our pinch pleat drapery page.

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Adding Faux Leather

Question

I want to add life to store bought drapery. How can I add Faux Leather borders to the sides of the drapery. The store bought drapery will be a medium weight fabric.

Answer

When adding trimming to your draperies, you need to be very careful that the trimming should not pull on your drapery. Even though trimming is usually heavier weight than the fabric it should still be limited, be aware that too much of a good thing is never a good thing.

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Cascade Valance

by Pam LaDuca
(Buffalo, New York)

Question

I was told that to make a cascade window valance it had to be cut on the diagonal, so it hangs in nice folds.

Is this true or can I cut it on the straight of the material?

If it's cut on the diagonal this limits my fabric choices, because if it had a pattern the pattern would be diagonal.

Thank you,

Pam LaDuca

Answer

Hi Pam

Cutting fabric on the diagonal definitely give the fabric more give and allows it to lay more gracefully. So cutting the fabric this way is the better way.

However if you want to use a striped fabric that does not look right if it is cut diagonally then cutting it straight is acceptable.

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