An elegant "crows foot" style of heading, particularly attractive on interlined and/or deep long curtains where an elegant look is required. Works well when hung from decorative pole..........Whilst Buckram is one way of creating pinch pleats, pre-spaced heading tapes can create an equally stunning look.........
3" Pinch/Triple pleat Tape.....
This handy 3" deep tape pulls up via two draw cords into triple pleats spaced 10cm(4") apart.
Three centrally placed corded pockets to reverse side.
Tip: - All the tapes shown here work on double fullness for fabric calculation. However, when calculating quantity of tape required allow 2.25 x fullness. to allow for adjusting location of pleats
6" Deep Pinch Pleat Tape.......
A real top quality woven pocket tape that is a full 6" deep.
Draws up via 4 draw cords to create pleats spaced every 12.5cm(5")
3 woven pockets towards top of tape
Tip: - To achieve equal spacing across both curtains.
Firstly, calculate the total quantity of tape required. (Track/pole width x 2.25) then fold the tape in half. At this halfway point find the centre point between pleats and cut the tape in two. When attaching your tape work outwards from your cuts..................
P.S..........If the track has an overlap arm adjust accordingly
Rufflette Deep Tridis Tape 5.5" (126mm) deep
Pleats spaced every 12.7cm(5")
2 Draw Cords and 3 woven pockets towards top of tape
Tip: - When your curtains are finished put a tack through the base of the pleat at the front to accentuate that perfect pinch effect
Early weavers used the wool closest to hand but as weaving moved from cottage to weaving shed a number of breeds emerged as best suited for specific end use.
............For us it's Shetland wool that makes our tweeds super soft to handle yet durable enough for upholstery and home furnishings........
and it's all in the construction................."Shetland wool fibres are of a simple construction with a central cortex covered by a thin scaly cuticle, and have an average diameter of about 23 microns. However there is a range from 10 to 20 microns for neck and shoulder wool to 25 to 35 microns for britch wool. The average staple length is 3.5 inches. The amount of crimp varies, and is important in providing the 'bounce' required for knitwear. There is a positive correlation between fineness and crimp, with wool of the finest quality being crimped at between 8 and 12 to the inch.
Wool from Shetland sheep is used to produce gossamer lace, the famous 'Fair isle' knitwear, and fine tweeds."
dyed and spun with a little extra twist the Shetland yarn forms a perfect basis for our luxury tweed
Glass Fibre rods are rigid, reasonably small and certainly inexpensive...........
..............................but can be a nightmare to handle and cut........................
If you make a lot of Roman Blinds and use these rods regularly we recommend wearing thin gloves when working with Glass Fibre..,.....Also these hand held rod cutters are easy to use and give an excellent clean cut..... A SNIP at only £7.95, some might say
Most Cassette style Roman Blind Kits come with a 1m chrome chain.
That's fine for the majority of uses but more and more we are asked for roman blind chains that are either a closer match to your interior scheme or make those out of the way windows that much more accessible.
The solution is 4mm steel chain in the four above colours and custom made to any drop you require
Starting at only £15.99 for the 60cm(24") size our Cassette style Roman Blind Kits have a host of new benefits
Remember... the kit includes everything (except fabrics), (rods, base bar, tape etc.) for making a complete roman blind with a drop up to 2.4m
and is fully compliant with all child safety legislation
Frustrated that those easy to use snap together eyelet rings are becoming more difficult to get?...................Yes, us too.....................Well, we've had them manufactured, and the UK too............12 cracking shades. From matt Nickel, Anthracite and Gold to premium antique finishes such as brass and copper.
In stock now and available either individually or workroom boxes of 100.............There is even a sample pack available to show your customers
Many thanks to Jan who sent photos of this wing backed chair recently recovered in Bamburgh plaid.
“I chose this lovely material to make over a chair that belonged to my Mum, it is sentimental to me and I wanted it to look special, I found a really good guy who has done a wonderful job reupholstering it for me, what more can I say…………., I'm one happy customer!
...............the quality of the material made a huge difference and he said it was some of the best he had ever used!"
A question too regularly asked. .........Silk is the king of cloths, Quite a unique look, handle (careful) and drape and certainly deserving of a high end treatment. BUT can it be used successfully with interlining?
Static electricity created between most interlinings and silk fabric can ruin the drape
The answer is Evans E12. Specifically designed for use with weaves and silks. This interlining is raised on one side only, leaving the reverse side smooth and perfect for facing your main fabric.
And it's no lightweight. 286gsm, 100% cotton and even pre-shrunk
What more could you want. Well, perhaps to request a sample.........................................
As the world looks around for alternatives to man-made fibres that are full of chemicals, wool is finding itself increasingly in the spotlight.
Wool is made by using the hair of animals such as sheep and goats. It has been around for generations and is used as the base material in clothes and bedding and has an increasing fashionable role in interior furnishings
Wool used to be something your grandma would use to knit your Christmas jumper with but now it is becoming one of the trendiest eco-friendly textiles on the market.
Wool is at the height of luxury with merino, the supermodel of wool, in demand by high-end consumers around the world. The best thing about wool is that it is entirely natural, as long as no chemicals are added when colouring or preserving the wool.
Wool is an amazing textile, full of important properties that make it hugely attractive. One of the big benefits of wool is that it can absorb moisture amazingly well. Wool does this by drawing moisture into the core of its fibres.
This is really helpful went you need an item of clothing or materials that keep feeling dry for a long time. In addition to this, wool also breathes really well which helps woollen clothes to retain a light and airy feel.
Interestingly, wool has natural fire retardant properties and this is why wool is increasingly being used hotel furnishings.
The natural lanolin in wool helps to repel dust mites and bed bugs and in a world where children are increasingly suffering from eczema and asthma this is most welcome.
It would seem that the world is enjoying rediscovering wool.
Knowledge is king.... or so it is said. Collected here are some of the hints, tips and tricks from around the trade..................Your input, comments and suggestions that benefit the whole community are most welcome