Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Creating Outdoor Rooms

Decorating outside of the home has become very popular.  Workrooms are making outdoor panels, shades, pillows, cushions and awnings.  Designers have exciting choices in fabrics, trims, hardware, rugs, lighting, furniture, table linens and more, all specifically for outdoor use.

Rowley Company has many products that are perfect for outdoors.  Grommet panels are a great choice for porches and gazebos, they are easy to care for and operate.  Rowley's stainless steel #12 Grommets will not rust or tarnish (GRS12). 

The Hardened Setting Die (GL12/ST) is recommended
when setting the stainless steel grommets.

If you would like to create shades for a screened-in porch or patio area Rowley has Translucent Rib Loop Tape (TT18) and Clear Plastic Ribs (RSR2), Polyester Lift Cord (LC9K) and Outdoor Roller Clutch Components which can be found
on page 183 of our 2010 catalog. 

Creating the perfect outdoor living space is a new and growing trend. 
Now there is the opportunity to be not only an interior decorator but an exterior decorator as well.  Products and tools from Rowley Company will help make your exterior decorating projects a success.

Other Rowley Company products that are perfect for outdoor use include:
Outdoor Upholstery Thread available in 6 colors, TO6K
Molded Tooth Zippers ETP5 and ETP8
Nylon Zippers EVP3 and EVP5
Right Angle Pin Strip HS210 or Hook Strip HS225
FirmaFlex™ Bendable Fiber Board available in many sizes page 139
Stainless Steel Staples NS32/SS, NS33/SS and NS34/SS
Polyfoam Welt Cord WC39/S or WC40/S
UV Stable Hook & Loop Tape, Sew-On HU100 or HU200
Moisture Resistant Fabric (Shower Curtain Fabric) SF30 and SF31
EZ-Glide Shower Curtain Rings (Ant. Copper, Nickel, Matte Nickel) ST18

If you would like to learn how to make outdoor grommet panels and shades, join us for the free webinar "Let's Head Outdoors: Outdoor Roller Shades and Grommet Panels", Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 11:00 am EST. 

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Friday, June 11, 2010

How to Make a Laminated Shade

Laminated Shades offer a simple, clean and cordless solution for your windows.  Begin with a stable face fabric, cotton, cotton blends and linen blends work best.  Fabric shown is from Greenhouse Fabrics, 10807 Heather, 55% Linen/45% Rayon.  Test fabrics with the laminated adhesive before starting your project.  Laminated Shades can be operated by a spring or clutch roller.

Laminating Adhesive
Two, low-nap paint rollers
Room Darkening Window Shade Cloth
Masking Tape
Aluminum Roller Tube
Wood Slat or Weight Bar
Fringe Adhesive
Spring & End Plug or Clutch & End Plug
End Brackets
(Bead Chain Loop if using Clutch)
Scissors or Rotary Cutter and Mat

To begin tape the shade cloth to a smooth, rigid work surface.  Allow extra for width and length.  Draw square, accurate reference lines on the shade cloth to help align the fabric.  Pour out a small amount of laminating adhesive onto the shade cloth and spread it evenly with a paint roller.  Keep adding adhesive as needed to get a good, even coverage.  Continue to roll over the surface until you feel a slight resistance and the adhesive is evenly applied.

Prepare the fabric by cutting square and ironing to remove wrinkles and rolling onto a cardboard tube with wrong side out.  Unroll the fabric starting along one side or end (depending on how it is rolled on the tube) and squaring up with reference lines drawn on the shade cloth.  Inspect carefully and remove any lint or strings from the material.

With the clean roller, roll over fabric evenly in all directions to adhere the fabric to the shade cloth.  Be careful not to push too hard, causing the fabric to become out of square.  Allow the laminated fabric to dry overnight.

Remove shade from the worktable and trim evenly to the size needed.  Allow extra fabric to roll over the tube, this is especially important with spring roller shades.  Seal the cut edges by dabbing or painting on small amounts of Fringe Adhesive.  The Fringe Adhesive will dry clear.  Do not roll up the shade until the Fringe Adhesive is completely dry.  Sew in a pocket at the bottom for the wood shade slat or weight bar.

Peel away the plastic coating to expose the tape on the roller and attach the shade.  Add extra masking tape along the top of the shade securing it to the roller.  Roll up the shade on the roller.  Attach brackets to the window trim or to a mount board following the instructions included for the type of roller you are using.

Spring Roller Brackets

Place the shade in the brackets and adjust the tension if using a Spring Roller or retain the bead chain loop if using a Clutch Roller.  To learn in more detail about making Laminated Shades Rowley Company offers two instructional videos; Part 1: How To Make a Laminated Shade and Part 2: Laminated Shade Finishing Touches  There is also a Laminated Shade Starter Kit which includes everything you will need to create one laminated shade.