Wednesday, August 19, 2009

August 19, 2009

Another busy day at the sewing and embroidery machines. Napkins, patches and placemats were all worked on today. I was putting the final touches on some placemats that were embroidered a few days ago. Here are photographs of two sets of placemats that we're selling for $7 apiece or $25.00 for the set of 4. Email me at if you are interested in purchasing.

My friend who had me make her valances now wants roman shades. She saw the ones that I made for my kitchen and fell in love. They look a lot more difficult than they are to make. Simply measure the inside of your window and add 7". Cut the fabric with 3" extra on the top and bottom, and an extra inch on either side. Hem 1" all the way around (1/2" folded, then fold it over again 1/2", then sew). Then for the top and bottom make the remaining 2" hems open on the sides to slide a dowel. Divide the height in evenly spaced incriments of the extra 7", making sure one is at the very top and one at the very bottom. Iron a crease straight across each of the 7 folds. Sew a 1/2" seam across each fold. Put 3 or 4 grommets across each of the 7 folds/seams (depending on how wide the window). Take some sturdy cord and tie onto each of the bottom grommets and through (but not tied) each grommet above making 3 or 4 lines of cord. Now you should have 3 or 4 cords hanging out the top of the roman shade. Put a dowel in the bottom and a dowel in the top. On each end of the top dowel screw a hook (coffee cup hook will be fine, as long as it is sturdy enough to hold the weight of the shade). Inside the frame of the window screw matching eyelet screws to hook the coffee cup hooks, and eyelet screws above each row with the cords. Depending on the width of the window and weight of your fabric, you may need an extra hook in the middle of the window frame for support. Run the cords through the eyelet screw directly above them and through each eyelet screw in the direction that you want the pull cord to raise and lower the shade to be located. If you haven't already, hook the coffee cup hooks on the dowel to the eyelet screws on either end. At this point you should be able to grab all of the cords and pull the shade up and down. With the shade lowered as far as it will go, take the ends of the cord and cut them even with each other and knot them together. Screw a cleat into the side frame wherever would like and is easy to reach. Pull the cords down and wrap a figure 8 with the cords around the cleat and the shade will stay up. Unwrap the cleat and the shade will lower.

There are a multitude of variations to the roman shade, but this is the easy, simple directions. Feel free to email me if you have any questions ( I like the roman shades because I can unhook them, pull the dowels out, and toss them in the laundry. The ones in my kitchen are lined in a silky woven fabric. Mine also have coffee cup hooks across the top instead of the eyelet screws, but my cats get behind the shades each night and every morning we are re-stringing the hooks. If I make another set, I'll use the eyelets on the window frame instead of the coffee hooks. Of course, the way I have it with the coffee hooks, makes it so simple to take down and throw in the wash. With the eyelets you would have to unknot the cords and unstring the eyelets to get them down. Either way works fine. I guess it depends if you have cats or not. Frankly, I'm over the mini-blinds. If you have as many animals as I do, you know mini-blinds are impossible to clean.

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