Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon

What’s on my worktable today……….


It’s Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon in colorway Mocha. 

Look, there he is, hiding in the flowers ………….. Isn’t he cute ?


I’m making panels, valances and pillows but doesn’t it look great on this bulletin board by Erin at Elements of Style.


                    Image via Elements of Style

I even found it on a Christmas stocking !


                     Image via Chinoiserie Chic

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I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving !

I’m so thankful for each and every one of my readers.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

P is for Pillow Placement

The ABC’s of window treatments

One of my favorite rooms to sew for has to be the bedroom because not only do I make window coverings but I also get to make bedding.  I’ve already written a post about pillows but today I wanted to talk about all the different arrangements for the pillows on your bed.

Five 22” + one 18”……………


Three 24” + two king + rectangle……………


Two queens + long rectangle………………


Two euro + two queen + one rectangle………….

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                                             Image via Decor Pad

Three euro + two king…………..

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                                            Image via Decor Pad

Two king + two 18” + neckroll…………….


I like all of these but I personally prefer two queen shams and one throw pillow.  I’m happy as long as it doesn’t take too long to make the bed.  How long do you think this bed takes to make ?


                           Image via Cote de Texas

Too long !

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gallery Wall

I have been wanting to put something on the huge blank wall behind the TV and I knew that one or two big pieces wouldn’t work.  Gallery walls are popping up all over blogland and Emily Clark inspired me with hers.  She is a designer in Charlotte, be sure to check out her project…………. it is gorgeous !
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I downloaded free images from the NYPL and printed them on cardstock.  The theme I went with was all of our interests and hobbies.  The first sewing machine and trading cards for thread for me…….
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The first phonograph for Mr. Stitches………….
Some martial arts for my son who is a 2nd degree black belt in Karate….
I framed a scrap of fabric with a print I love…….
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When I ran out of stuff I framed a coaster from The Raleigh Times Bar and a picture of my old beagle, Buster.
gallery wall
Maria at Colour Me Happy is doing a series about inexpensive art and since this whole wall only cost $4.00 I’m linking to her party.

I'm also joining BNOTP Metamorphosis party

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

O is for Oscar de la Renta

The ABC’s of window treatments

Oscar de la Renta created these beautiful skirts by hand in his atelier for the launch of his new fabric line with Lee Jofa. 



Each skirt is fully lined and fits a size 2-4 and can be altered in the waist and length. 

They are being auctioned for charity online at Bidding for Good, and the Lee Jofa website also has images and detailed information for each piece. Bidding is going on now through November 30, 2010 and each piece has an opening bid of $750.


Don’t you think it would be fun dressing up in one of these, Scarlet O’ Hara style ?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

N is for “Nail Heads”

The ABC’s of window treatments

We have been seeing nail heads used on furniture forever.  Here are some ways to use them in other places around your home.

Outline a funky shape on a cornice………….


                                             Photo by Rosenfeld Interiors

Add detail to a roman shade and valance…………………

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                                                           Photo by Liz Ware

Make a pattern on your wall……………


                                     Photo by Jeffrey Bilhuber

Border your headboard with a double row……………

Headboard with nailheads

Just in case you need to add some bling to your bling………….. upholstery tacks with interchangeable heads.


                                                       Photo by Diamond Head

Consider this my before pic, after coming soon.

Nail heads

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Monday, November 1, 2010

M is for M’Fay Patterns

The ABC’s of window treatments

I make a lot of my own patterns but when I want something different I like to use M’Fay patterns.  Their full size patterns are on durable white paper with detailed step-by-step instructions. Alteration instructions, yardage guides, fabric suggestions and workroom hints are also included.

This photo shows one of their drapery swags made by Rebecca Rumpf of Custom Interiors by Rebecca.  I love how the swag is pointed and has little bells on the sides.


This Parisian swag made by Interiors by Kelli is simple and elegant.  The edges are slightly scalloped and the center is raised to draw the eye up.



Barbara Erwin made this fun Moroccan valance in a black and white check with a large banding of black to accentuate the shape.  This would look great in a kitchen or laundry room.


                           You can get creative and add layers too.


London shades are really popular right now and this one by Donna Migdal at DM Drapery and Design is a great example of pattern placement.  You can also have a contrast fabric inside the pleats.


                                                       All photos from M’Fay

M’Fay is a great resource for my fellow seamstresses both professional and beginner. 

Don’t own a sewing machine ? Don’t know how to sew but want to have beautiful window coverings that make you smile ?  Send me an email !

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