Sunday, 19 May 2013

Making Miniature Draperies

I spent some time working on the draperies for my bedsitting room over the weekend.  I had chosen a silk fabric for this room and some of you will recognize that it is one of the designs by Susan Bembridge.  It is "The Peacock Garden" taken from a 19th century wallpaper in the earlier "chinoiserie" style.   I loved the colours in this fabric. I have stitched a punch needle carpet for the sitting room in the same colours and the photo is below.  I also thought that Leslie Smith's "Il Bacio" would be wonderful in this room as it a strong painting and many of the colours in the painting work with the colours in the two rooms.
I wanted a soft look for the draperies in this room.  I needed to line these to give them a little shape.  I used one of Meadowcroft Miniatures drapery rods which come in many lengths along with the supports for the wall and rings although in this case I opted not to use them.  I took a few photos as I wanted to show you how I made the curtains.

Meadowcroft curtain rod - I didn't use the rings

Two panel widths - iron under bottom of drapes
Lined with factory cotton to stiffen the silk cut for finished width
Stitched edges together
Folded right side up and then I folded top over to make casing
Used my casing tool to pull floss through the casing
Dental floss pulled tight to make gathers after threading on rod
Drapes rather full at this point
Pinned to a grid in "loose" gathers

Steamed to hold shape
Floss pulled top and light stitch at bottom to hold in place

Finished draperies

Painting by Leslie Smith

My punch needle carpet in colours to compliment the fabric

Now - they need some tie backs to finish them!