Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I am a big fan of Nester and if you don't know her you should run over and check her out. She is so much fun and even though she is certainly young enough to be my daughter she is totally OK. She has posts on a couple of window "mistreatments" and I would like to add mine. I made this at least 10 years ago and yes the wallpaper is vintage 70s and I have yet to remove it, after all, it goes great with the harvest gold tile , toilet and floor. Back to the window.
I have always admired the cornice type/ pelmet treatments made on a shaped board , padded and upholstered often found in older or English homes. Being lazy, I set about to do this the easy way. 1) Measure the width of the window, plus the returns of the classic cheap, white rod. 2) Determine the length that would look best and add 2 inches for the casing. 3) I bought iron-on interfacing ( called Pellon back in my Home Ec days). 4) Cut the Pellon the same size as the fabric and follow directions to fuse together. 5) Fold in half to find center and mark with a pin or mark on the back with a pen, whatever is easiest or handiest. 6) Take a round plate or cake pan and starting in the middle, center the pan and draw the curve, move pan and draw the next curve. Continue on each side of center until you come to the end. See where I am going with this?? I fear I am not explaining well :( 7) Now for the casing. Fold 1/2 " and iron, fold 1 1/2 inches and iron. Hand stitch to make the casing. 8) Now just hot glue gimp or fringe around the curve. This really takes less time to do it than it does to explain it. My friend Martha will vouch for me because I made these for her cute French doors on either side of her adorable fireplace in her bungalow before we put it on the market. I think the "mistreatments" were the reason her house sold sooo very quickly, right Martha??
The only problem is that you can't really wash it. I have put it in the dryer to get the dust out, but then you have to reglue the fringe. I am sure there is another kind of glue to use and you crafty people could just use that. I just vacuum it when the mood strikes.
On another note, the owners of the ModVic ( see Monday's post) have offered to give me a private tour when the house is ready. You know how much I love old houses; remember the ones I sold that I showed you here?
PS. The "d" and "f" on my keyboard are malfunctioning, so if you see a spot where I missed one, just add it in, OK??