2013 INGENUITY WORKROOM COMPETITON ELIZABETH GERDES, STITCH ABOVE THE REST, LLC FIRST PLACE, CURTAINS & DRAPERIES WORKROOM NOTES For this bright and cheerful dining room the client wanted three operable butterfly shades for a triple window, and two additional matching shades for a set of windows on either side of the French doors (not shown). Sounds simple, right? Issue #1: The fabric is a discontinued Pierre Deux toile with a 22" vertical repeat, and there were only 11 yards available. Issue #2: The shades needed to line up perfectly with the upholstered walls in the same fabric, because the client’s vision was for the dining room to look as if one roll of fabric had been laid across the entire room with only the molding from the windows cut out of it.
After completion of the triple window, the yardage was almost exhausted, so the two windows that flank the French doors were treated with stationary top treatments and not operable shades.
Issue #3: When the walls were upholstered the fabric was placed 1/2" off level. And the fabric itself was printed 1/4" off level, but in the opposite direction of the walls.
CREDITS: Designer and workroom: Elizabeth Gerdes, Stitch Above The Rest, LLC, Woodstock, GA. Installer: Dave Starner, Starner Finishing Touches, Woodstock, GA. Photographer: Elizabeth Gerdes
The client wanted the shades on triple windows to be fully operable. Thus, lining the patterns up horizontally across the wall was not enough; vertical alignment was also a must. In order to achieve this Elizabeth took whatever scraps were left over from the wall to use as the basis of an individual pattern for each window, going back to the client’s house multiple times to guarantee perfect alignment. These scrap patterns served as her reference point when making the first cuts into the extremely limited fabric supply to start final fabrication. 50
SOURCES: Fabric: Pierre Deux, Les Delices Des Quatre Saisons. Lining: Rowley LN57/F. Hardware: Rowley, R-TEC EZ-Rig™ Soft Shade System; Sure-Shade Encased Lift Cord Shroud Tube; Sure-shade Universal Drive Tension Device; Continuous Plastic Bead Chain Loop; Metal Sew-On Rings.
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