Window Fashion Vision March/April 2016

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Elizabeth Gerdes, WFCP, Stitch Above The Rest, LLC First Place, Top Treatments Design Concept For a client that loves monograms, Elizabeth Gerdes created a design truly fit for a little princess. The goal of the treatment was to provide 100% blackout to allow the client’s daughter to nap during the day, but with a cheerful mood suitable for a young girl’s room. While the monogrammed cornice is truly the focus point of the design, the entire treatment was fabricated in such a way as to get as close as possible to the goal of 100% blackout. The cornice was designed to ensure that no light would escape above the drapery rod with pink fabric was wrapped over a layer of batting and two layers of interlining to give it a soft look, while the 16" tall monogram was done on coordinating paisley and outlined in solid blue piping. This oval was also backed with batting to provide extra lift off the cornice surface. The entire piece is finished off with solid pink piping at the top and a bead/onion ball trim at the bottom. A single blackout Roman was installed on the double window, which eliminates the potential for a center light gap, while the bottom edge is trimmed with green ruffles separated from the paisley with blue cording. This is topped by a pair of blackout and interlined draperies, detailed with the same ruffles as the shade. These drapery panels close over the entire space and feature a solid band of the face fabric along the inside edge of the panels. This ensures that when they are pulled back and draped properly, the lining does not show to the interior. “In the end, the desired effect of complete blackout was achieved,” said Gerdes. “Once the shade is down and those panels are closed, no light comes in at all.”


Credits: Designer and workroom: Elizabeth Gerdes, Stitch Above The Rest, LLC, Woodstock, GA. Installer: Dave Starner, Starner Finishing Touches, Woodstock, GA. Sources: Cornice fabric: Greenhouse Fabrics, B1015 in Watermelon. Shade fabric: Fabric and Fringe Warehouse, Spring Paisley Doodlefish. Drapery fabric: Waverly, Penny Stripe in Watermelon. Blue fabric for cord: Fabric and Fringe Warehouse, Stellar Solid in Cove. Ruffle fabric: Fabric and Fringe Warehouse, Supreme 110 in Apple Green. Wiggle board and batting: Rowley Company. Monogram embroidery: Stitch Above The Rest, LLC. Interlining: United Supply, #755888-1405. Blackout lining: United Supply, #801851-09202320. 66


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