Friday, March 11, 2011

Z is for Zig Zag Roman Shades

We are finally at the end of my alphabet series that started with Austrian shades. I hope you learned some interesting things or at least saw some beautiful fabrics and window treatments to inspire you. I just finished making new roman shades for my kitchen out of Zig Zag fabric.

roman shade

The zig zag pattern is showing up in fabrics, floors and wallpapers and is a modern take on the flame stitch pattern that was so popular the 90’s.


                                                              Mary McDonald

You know the saying “go big or go home”……. looks like these people decided to “go big in their home” !


                                                    Image via D├ęcor Pad

The reason that I made these shades was so I could be my own guinea pig to try out a new method of constructing shades that are safety compliant.  You can read my post about the new standards for corded window coverings here. I used Rowley’s encased cord shroud to make these and this is just one option, I will be learning about others when I go to The Custom Sewing Institute next week.

This is what I learned:

1) After the learning curve, fabrication is not that different from what I am accustomed to.

2) The stack is a little longer and staggered, which is fine in this case.

3) Depending on the fabric, training them may take longer.

4) I will make the client aware of what they look like from outside before putting these on the front of a house on the bottom floor.

5) I will definitely offer this option to my designers and clients.

This is what the back of the shade looks like when raised……..

roman shade

Here is a close up of the encased cord……………


From outside the window………..


Before: Bye bye Teto and Jerome (yes, we did name our monkeys) !


Hello Mr. Zig Zag !

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Are you a fan of the zig zags ?

Did you enjoy the ABC series ?

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Storibook Designs said...
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Storibook Designs said...

Great closeup shot of the back Tammy; thanks for that. Love the shades, your before and after is such an excellent example of the dramatic difference seemingly small details can make. The window treatments and the new light, make the room look so much more dramatic! Nice job!

Have fun in Texas!!!

traci zeller designs said...

I *madly* love those!!


I am so glad there are people like you who sew!!! make it look so good :)

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Karena said...

Tammy I adore the zigzaga and the colors are wonderful for your dining room!.

I would love them in another color palette for my office/den.

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Stitchfork said...

Z! I'm new here and will have to catch up with the other letters. Love the Z's!

Stephanie said...

You did a beautiful job on those! The zig zag pattern is revered to as a chevron pattern. But zig zag works too! They made a huge difference in the room, so much more slimmed lined now.

Tammy@InStitches said...

Yes Stephanie, it is also called chevron..... but I needed a "z" word ;)

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