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Beautifully handmade soft furnishings

  • image01 Roman Blind
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    Roman blind in a shiny new kitchen

    This was made in a customer’s own fabric. The window was nearly 300cm wide so the blind is mounted on a rotary track to make it easy to operate.

  • image02 Grampol Swag
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    Grampol swag for an exhibition display

    The exhibition was in an art gallery to show how art can be used in interior design. A grampol swag is a mixture of swag and curtain.

  • image03 Fabrics
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    A collection of beautiful fabrics and trims in my workroom

    These were all used to make interlined roman blinds for a barn conversion project.

  • image04 Handmade Pleat
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    A double handmade pleatwith self-covered button and beaded trim

    Double pleats can look more contemporary than triple. These full length curtains hang in the three-sided bay window of a restful master bedroom.

  • image05 Silk Roman
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    Close up of an interlined silk roman blind

    The contrast side borders on this blind matched the embroidery on the main fabric perfectly. They also toned with the wallpaper and hand-painted furniture in the room.

  • image06 Lampshade
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    A handmade drum lampshade

    These can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes and need little fabric to add that finishing touch to a room.

  • image07 Piped Tieback
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    Close up of a piped tieback

    This tieback is self-piped but contrast piping or trim can be used to add definition to a scheme.

  • image08 Cushions
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    Five cushions in a collection of contrasting fabrics

    The curtains and pelmet in this guest room were made from the lighter striped fabric on the left. This cushion collection used the customer’s other favourites from the same supplier.

  • image09 Pole Swag
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    A roman blind set inside a window recessdressed with a pole swag

    This dining room window had a roman blind for privacy in the evening. The pole swag softened the look while the pole matched the customer’s metal dining furniture.

  • image010 Self Pelmet
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    A roman blind with small self‑pelmetin textured striped velvet

    Vertical stripes always look smart on a roman blind. This one has a narrow matching pelmet which is simply attached to the same fittings as the blind itself.

  • image011 Velvet Curtain
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    A handmade velvet curtainhanging from a light oak pole with brass brackets

    This curtain is set at the bottom of a staircase to help keep the room warm on chilly evenings. The other windows in the room had matching dress curtains with contrasting roman blinds to close at night.

  • image012 Swags & Tails
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    Formal swags and tailsset at a large sash window

    This traditional guest bedroom had a large front aspect bay window and this sash window to one side. Both were dressed with swags and tails, as well as curtains with a beaded trim to the leading edge.

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    Swaffer cushions

    These cushions are made from a velvet from Swaffer. They have a narrow stitched border to add definition to the cover.

  • image014 Eyelets
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    Antique brass eyelets

    I have a professional press to add metal eyelets to the heading of curtains, these were in antique brass finish.

  • image015 Contrast Roman
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    Bay dress contrast roman

    These dress curtains soften the bay window, while the working roman blinds are made with a contrasting border which is displayed even when they are raised.

  • image016 Arched Window
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    Arched window custom fitting

    By making a custom fitting the shape of arched windows can be shown off while still being able to close the curtains as required.