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Cammie Berger, Cammie Berger Interiors, Charlotte, NC was inspired after attending the All About Pillows II webinar.  She created this beautiful pillow out of linen selvages.  What a great way to recycle what would normally be thrown in the trash.

Carol Collord, Creations by Carol, Medway, MA was inspired by ideas she picked up by attending the All About Pillows and The Best of Rowley Company Tips & Tricks webinars.  Carol created this grommet embellished pillow as a customer thank-you gift.

Many thanks to Cammie and Carol for sharing their pillows with Rowley Company.  We would love to hear from you!  Click here to submit pictures of your inspired creations.


A lambrequin is a style of pelmet or cornice with long ends that extend down the side of the window, often to the sill or even to the floor.  Lambrequins were popular in the early to mid 19th century and were made with stiffened buckram, paper or wood.   The red, silk lambrequin above, c. 1850 is featured in the book Upholstery in America & Europe from the Seventeenth Century to World War I (1987 The Barra Foundation) where designs for lambrequins are “first being seen in The Workman’s Guide in 1883, where they are praised as being ‘very simple and may be cut to any shape’…”

Another interesting historical reference and a sound piece of design advice can be found in The American Woman’s Home (Harriet Beecher Stowe and Catherine Beecher,1869) “…the patterns of these can be varied according to fancy, but simple designs are usually the prettiest.  A tassel at the lowest point improves the appearance.”
Miss Beechers housekeeper & Healthkeeper, Catherine Esther Beecher, 1873
Early lambrequins were made with buckram, paper or wood.  These option are still available to the modern workroom as well as new materials such as FirmaFlex, a lightweight polyester fiberboard that allows for large, shaped projects with less weight than wood.  Before upholstering the structure batting or interlining should be added for softer edges and a  more uniform appearance.  The reverse side is usually lined (or painted) and a gimp braid covers any tacks or staples.
Lambrequins can be combined with draperies, shades or shutters.  The length of the sides helps to control light when blackout is desired.
Adding trims such as braid, fringe, banding or upholstery nails helps to outine the shape and give added texture and dimension to this flat style of window treatment.

Learn Upholstery Tips, Tools and Techniques

ROWLEY COMPANY has many products for the upholstery workroom such as upholstery nails, staple removers, pliers, mallets, jute webbing, gimp, air staplers, foam cutters and fiber.  If you would like to learn more about upholstery, visit our website for free instructions, videos and webinars.

Click on the INNOVATIONS AND TECHNICAL SERVICE tab near the top of the page and select “How-To’s” from the drop down menu for printable instructions for an “Upholstered Seating Cube” or how to make a “Headboard with Decorative Hardware”. 

Click on VIDEO SOLUTIONS at the bottom of the homepage to see the new videos for the Foam Cutter, Air Stapler and Locking Button Form Clasp.

Click on WEBINARS to register for an upcoming, upholstery topic such as “Upholstery Tips & Techniques”, “Make Your Own Upholstered Seating Cube” or “Deep Tufting for Upholstery”.

Patterns Matching Tip

Can you see it? 
It’s there. 
Right in front of you in plain sight.
A Perfect Pattern Match

An invisible pattern match is key to creating quality window treatments, bedding and upholstery.  A good pattern match may be visible upon close inspection but a bad pattern match is visible from across the room.  In fact, a bad pattern match or pattern placement can be so distracting it can ruin an otherwise lovely design.

Here are some tips for creating a perfect pattern match…FAST!

Begin by examining the fabric and determining how much needs to be turned under along the selvage edge to create a match with the joining piece.  Press under the edge, down the length of material that you are matching.

On the under side of the fold, add narrow width Iron-On Bonding Tape along the very edge, next to the fold.  Remove the release paper and place the edge over the other piece of fabric lining up the pattern.

Rowley Company Fringe Adhesive can also be used instead of the Iron-On Bonding Tape.  Place small dots of Fringe Adhesive along the fold on the reverse side. 
When using any adhesive product, test first.
Line up the patterns so that they match and press the join with a steam iron to set the adhesive.

After the match has been created take the fabric to the sewing machine and stitch in the crease from the wrong side.  The adhesive prevents the fabric from puckering or stretching as you sew.

Once the seam has been sewn serge off the selvage edge.  The match is finished. Press from the front to flatten the seam.

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. 

To Register Click Here:

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.


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