Drapery Panels With Italian Stringing
This master bedroom was a fun project indeed! The designer wanted the panels to drape gracefully over the tie back. We all know what gravity will do as soon as the panels are dressed out - they will fall back straight and the rings will slide over to the end of the rod.
In this post I will show you how I kept the panels in positon.
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The first detail to work out was how to keep the rings in place. That was easy - I popped an earth magnet behind the rod and next to the leading edge ring.
The next detail was how to keep the graceful drape over the tie back. Easy again - Italian Stringing.
This method pulls up fabric from the back. Ring placement is very important.
The drapery hardware was installed first for a top down install and measurement. I attached a length of bead chain weight to the first ring and draped the chain weight over the tie back for my designer to approve the droop. When the droop was to her liking I attached a safety pin to the chain weight, took it down and measured that length. That measurement is where my first ring will be positioned. I then measured for the finished length and recorded all of my measurements on my diagram.
First row left: The master bedroom
First row center: The fabric - Kravet Watertint Sky
First row right: My diagram of the drapery panels
Second row left: My diagram of the ring placement. There is a ring at the beginning and end of each pleat so that each pleat can be pulled up evenly.. The rings for each pleat are horizontal.
Second row center: I fabricated the panels as usual and laid each one out flat on the work table. I then marked each ring placement with Frixon markers according to the diagram. I pinned small safety pins at each mark. I will use these pins to test the stringing.
Second row right: Testing the Italian stringing. I pulled the panel up while it was still on the worktable. I did see two rings that needed to be moved slightly so I moved the pins and tested again. Perfect!
Third row left: After I was sure of the ring placement, I sewed the rings on permanently with Wawak Cotton Thread #16. I call it button thread. It is strong and holds a knot.
Third row center: Next step - fan fold.
Third row right: Stitched and pinched pleats.
Fourth row left: I ran shade cord up through the rings and anchored with a shade leveler.
Fourth row center: I returned to the home with the panels and pulled them up like magic. I stopped them right above the tie back.
Fourth row right: Panel to the right.
Fifth row left: Panel on side wall.
Fifth row center: Detail of the tieback