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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Merrick & Day; 2nd Revised edition edition (25 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953526763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953526765
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Offering a comprehensive guide to all aspects of curtain-making, this volume contains information on a range of styles, materials and techniques that cater for the beginner and more experienced alike. Designs range from no-sew easy options to the more complicated headings, valances and pelmets. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From the Author

Curtains in all the designs and styles you can imagine are enjoying a revival, but it could be argued that traditional curtain making skills are a forgotten art.
For the past seven years, we have been working towards the publication of this book, learning every moment of every working day, trying out ideas, finding the best methods for us and for the best results.
Each design has been a challenge and an opportunity to create something different.
Life and curtains are never dull - there is always something unusual to explore and exciting to discover.
The methods we outline here have been adapted from those developed in our own workroom but there is no reason why you shouldn't in turn adapt them to you your own situation and expertise, benefitting from our hard-earned knowledge, eliminating guesswork and enjoying timesaving shortcuts and professional techniques.
These are the tips which, at the beginning, we would have given a fortune to know.
Curtain making encompasses many different skills beyond the sewing machine, from using rubber bands, to pattern cutting, to a little carpentry and a lot of enthusiasm.
Rather than limit the instructions to a few projects, which may or may not suit your needs, we have given careful outlines of techniques which can be applied to an infinite number of styles and designs.
Treat the book like a pick-and-mix counter; take what you want and come back fro more when you've found out how satisfying it can be to look our at the world through a well dressed window.
Throughout the book, no matter what your experience or skill, we hope you will find what you need, whether it's the simplest seam or the most elaborate swags and tails.
Because we have included a great deal of detailed information, the make-up instructions are coded with a series of needle and thread icons, from one to four.
They indicate the level of skill needed,from the very easy to expert. But be encouraged; almost all the techniques, even the four needle ones, depend more on your patience and time than on years of experience.
Getting started is all that it takes to begin.
Catherine & Rebecca, Redbourne 1996 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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I have been designing and making curtains professionally for over 25 years and bought this book in 1997. I have many books on curtain making & soft furnishings as I am constantly striving for improvement (although my customers are always delighted!!!) and this book has helped me no end with my business.

It's one of my favourites and is packed with useful information with lots of professional tips clearly outlined. The author stresses that there are no RIGID rules to curtain making as styles evolve and you can adapt the instructions to suit.

There's a brief section outlining the history of the curtain, stating that we can learn a great deal by seeing how our ancestors dealt with the problems facing us today, which I found fascinating.

The book teaches you about the different fabrics, how to work out how much fabric to use, measuring essentials, awkward windows, sewing machines & how to get the best out of them, poles & tracks, how to make pelmets & blinds of all kinds, and much, much more.

It shows traditional styles of window treatments (which never go out of fashion) and also the more contemporary, modern styles.

I have found that most customers who want bespoke soft furnishings expect them to last and therefore usually chose traditional styles anyway with an individual twist (which sets them apart from the shop bought styles)- the details that make the difference - and for that purpose the pictures and styles in this book are invaluable.

I found the instructions clear and easy to follow so I would recommend this book for the beginner or professional alike.
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A great reference and guide book for both experienced and non experienced. All other books pale into insignificance. Very exact instructions for making curtains and blinds and special touches + great professional tips. I am glad I now have one great book I can refer to.
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My previously "good efforts" have been transformed to stunning, beautifully crafted soft furnishings. As an interior designer, it has been a godsend - clear, concise and packed with "tricks" to make my life easier and the finished product so much more desirable.
An absolute must for anyone that wants to fine-tune their craft.
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Merrick and Day have never yet got it wrong - how could I have missed this book up until now - very factual and basic instructions combined with inspiration for the curtain maker who is sick of just pencil pleats and the odd swag and tail - very educational for the beginner- including types of fabrics and curtains for different room settings. I couldn't be without this book at my side. A true familiar!!
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If you're after ideas and inspiration and want lots of colour pictures then this is not the book for you. More than half the book is taken up with detailed, stitch by stitch instructions on making curtains and blinds including measuring up, dealing with awkward windows, what types of fabrics to use in what situations and how to form handmade pleats. It's the best and most professional reference book around if you make curtains properly but it's really not a general interest or interior design book.
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This book is an absolute must for all people serious about making curtains. As others have already pointed out, this is not a book full of glossy pictures but one full of very detailed instructions on how to achieve first class, professionally made curtains and associated soft furnishings in all styles. I have collected over the years all the books by Merrick and Day and they are all as good as this one. I am a professional curtain maker and I dont think a day goes by when I dont refer to this book to help me out! I wished I had found this book when I first started making curtains, I wouldnt have bothered with all the others I have invested in! Highly recommended.
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Excellent - a great book if you want to make your own curtains and blinds. The pictures are very trad, but it has clear instructions, good line drawings, and a rating system to tell you how difficult projects are (though be warned 4 spoools really does mean very difficult, not for the faint hearted!). I have so far managed to put up pelemt boards and tracks, make pelmets, Roman blinds and interlined curtains, and am about to tackle some more. Really the only how-to book you need (and you can get all the supplies on their website), though I would recommend also getting the Swags and Tails pattern book(s) if you intend to make draped swags.
My only quibble is that their suggested pelmet proportions (1/5 overall length of curtains) are very traditional, and I found that a shorter pelmet (1/6 or even a little shorter for a very tall window) looked more modern - but as they suggest, trying the design in cheap fabric first is the best way.
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This book is the best book that i have ever purchased. I dont know how i ever coped without it. A real Must Have, Very detailed even for the experienced curtain maker!...go ahead and buy it! i can guarantee you will be amazed.
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