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Encyclopaedia of Curtains: All You'll Ever Need to Know About Making Curtains Hardcover – 25 Jan 2017
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
An absolute must for anyone that wants to fine-tune their craft.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Half of this book is photos of elaborate 1980s curtains - extremely old-fashioned now - that were obviously made with professional skill on huge worktables. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Bill
I have been making curtains for my own use for years, but have always hankered after a more professional look. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ChrissieGirl
I think I might have been better advised to have bought a newer edition, nevertheless I am quite pleased with this bookPublished on 25 Jun. 2014 by JacquelineFrasrr
Definitely packed with information and professional tips on curtain making. Probably a bit advanced for beginners like me but a very useful reference bookPublished on 9 Mar. 2013 by Mrs. Leila M. Spinks