Sew A Beautiful Window: Innovative Window Treatments for Every Room in the House

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Krause Publications Craft, Oct 1, 2001 - Crafts & Hobbies - 160 pages
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A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Great Looks for Your Windows

Dress up any window with creative, unique, and attractive window treatments. Learn how to select the right fabric and hardware and how to sew everything from valances to pleated drapes. From casual to formal, the right window treatment can change a good room into a great room. Easy to follow step-by-step instructions with helpful photos and illustrations Covers a wide variety of window coverings and window shapes Explores new, never before seen ideas Includes "Inspirational Potpourri" for additional ideas


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I've had this book for years and brought it out for ideas for a bay window. After finding curtain rod ideas fro DIY, I decided to start with a valance and then decide if more was needed. I found a valance I liked and was ready to go with it. It's got some pleating and somewhat scalloped bottom with contrasting welt and bottom which I liked because I could use the two fabrics I have for the room. Then there were NO INSTRUCTIONS WHATEVER. I don't want to bother with a cornice and think I can do it using a basic curtain rod but either way I'm on my own. Then I thought to go online. There I found a book sample (which was presumably meant to encourage m to buy the book I already had). I had hoped that if I found the valance I might be able to click on it for more instructions. The sample did not include pay 93 and likely didn't add any other instructions either. I'm going to have to try and figure it out from the picture but this won't be easy.
Don't bother to buy this book. You can get as many ideas from magazines and better how-to online (though I'm still looking for this particular valance.

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I found this book to be very informative and helpful. Best of all the price was much lower than at any of the Fabric Shops. Read full review



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Page 13 - Buckram: A coarse cotton, hemp, or linen cloth stiffened with glue or a glue-like substance used in the header of pleated draperies.
Page 15 - Sconce: A wall-mounted fixture that is great for draping fabric through. Seam: The join where two pieces of fabrics are sewn together Seam allowance: An extra amount of fabric used when joining fabric.
Page 15 - When the tape is drawn up, it creates a narrow row of folds resembling a row of pencils laid side by side. Picture window: A large window with fixed panes.
Page 13 - Cleat: A metal or plastic hook placed at the side of the window to hold the cords of a shade or drape. Continental rod: Flat curtain rods that protrude from the wall to add depth and interest to rod pocket treatments. The most common widths are 2-1/2
Page 13 - Banner valance: A series of fabric triangles attached to a mounting board or threaded on a rod. Also called a handkerchief valance.
Page 13 - Damask: A woven fabric made from wool, silk, or cotton. The special weave gives the fabric a raised appearance.
Page 14 - French seam: A way of stitching fabric together with the seam hidden from view. Used on sheer fabrics.
Page 14 - Drop length: The distance from the top of the object to where you want the fabric to end.
Page 14 - Lath: The top of a shade is fitted to this piece of wood, which is usually 2

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Cowan is a television personality, sewing expert, author, syndicated columnist, motivational speaker, wife, step-mother, and mentor.

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