Friday, December 30, 2011

A Coverlet fit for a Queen

We love to see how our products are used to create beautiful soft furnishings.  The luxurious bedding ensemble shown below was shared by Artesanas Interior Design, designer Christy Bejarano and Custom Window Treatments, Inc of Charlotte, NC. 
See below to learn the special techniques used to create this coverlet.
The Details:

Custom painted fabric was used on the bed pillows.  The largest size pillow shams have a pleated flange and self covered welt cord in the edges.  The pillow in the middle features pleated velvet fabric, contrast velvet welt cord and decorative trim.  At the front of the pillow grouping are two rectangular button tufted shams, with brush fringe sewn in the seams.

Custom Window Treatments Inc. used a unique method to create this beautiful coverlet.  Two duvet inserts from Rowley Company were used,  a Down Duvet #DU74/S was sewn to the back of the pleated velvet fabric used for the top of the coverlet, and a Polyester Duvet #DU38/S was sewn to the fabric for the backing.  Contrast welt was added around the edges and the front and back were then sewn together.  Sharon Coppede, with Custom Window Treatments, Inc. shared that they have "...a great machine from the 1920's that will sew anything for us".

After the coverlet was sewn and turned right sides out, it was tufted with covered buttons on the front which were tufted through the duvet filler from front to back with heavy upholstery thread, which was tied off on the back, leaving tails of thread as a design detail.  The tufting holds the coverlet together and gives a luxurious, soft dimpled finish.
Thank you for sharing!

 Artesanas Interior Design

Custom Window Treatments, Inc.
4600 Lebanon Rd., Suite H-2
Charlotte, NC 28227
704-573-1656 Fax

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Updating Ripplefold Draperies

Ripplefold draperies are not just for hospitals and hotels anymore.  This clean and contemporary style of traversing drapery is a hot trend in upscale residential interiors.


Ripplefold is created by sewing a stiff, snap tape to the top of a flat drapery panel.  Corresponding snap carriers, which fit into tracks, are spaced to allow for several different amounts of fullness.  When the drapery is snapped to the carriers it creates a smooth, wavy heading that traverses with ease.

The photo shows the Ripplefold snap tape snapped to the carriers on the track.

When using this style, keep in mind that the drapery must hang below the rod, leaving the hardware exposed. This isn't always the best option in residential interiors, where a more finished look may be desired. 

There are two options to cover the tracks; install under a top treatment or fit the track into a painted pr upholstered routed pole rod.

Ripplefold toile drapery is installed under a custom painted wood pole fascia with matching finials.

When using a routed pole rod, choose the two or three inch 4003/unfinished square or round wood poles and the 4003 series track with M-393 brackets available from Rowley Company.

To upholster the pole rods, simple staple fabric with tack strip starting at the front edge.  Wrap the fabric to the back and staple along the edge that will be placed next to the wall.  If using thin material, like silk or faux silk polyester, you may want to add interlining under the material.

After the brackets are mounted to the wall, the upholstered pole is screwed in place and then the track is secured into the brackets.


The drapery panels are snapped to the carriers under the upholstered wood pole.

Custom painted finial matches the fabric.

To learn more about making Ripplefold drapery view our recorded webinar "Clean and Contemporary Ripplefold Panels" which can be found in the recorded webinar area of our website.