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’…”
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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”.
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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.
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.
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.