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Teach Yourself Curtains Parts 1&2

Teach Yourself Curtains Parts 1&2   Our practical step-by-step Teach Yourself Guide to curtain making. This is a complete two part guide, with Part 1 covering the design, tracking and pole options, planning, measurement and estimation of materials. Part 2 focuses on the cutting out, making-up and hanging. This comprehensive guide teaches you how to make both lined and interlined curtains with taped and hand stitched headings and provides lots of handy tips for hanging and dressing the finished article for a truly professional finish.

Price: 12.99 / $25.85

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Single pleat silk curtains
Over 50 pages of practical step-by-step instructions on curtain making!
With the help of Teach Yourself Curtains you'll no longer need to waste money on inadequate ready-made curtains or expensive made-to-measure solutions and will be able to create your own stunning window dressings in your own choice of fabrics and designs. The guide is designed to cater for all levels of experience so you don't need to be a sewing expert. The step-by-step instructions are supported by illustrations to guide you and practical instructions on how to complete all the necessary soft furnishings sewing techniques.
This unique guide now comes with free supplementary notes on how to make beautiful modern tab and eyelet headed curtains - click here to view this supplement free!
Our unique guide is great value for money and is provided as an immediate download after purchase, in Adobe PDF format, for you to read, print and re-use again and again. 
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Teach Yourself Curtains Part 1 

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Step 1 Consider the design
  • Location of the window
  • Functional or decorative curtains
  • Curtains alone or curtain and pelmet or valance combination
  • Type of heading
Step 2 Choose the right tracking system or pole
  • Track and pole designs
    Hand drawn systems
    Pre-corded systems
    Metal or plastic
    Pole or track
  • Track and pole installation
    Track/batten configuration
    Pelmet board and track assembly system
    Pole installation

    Covered lathe
Step 3 Measuring and estimation of face fabric requirements
  • Measuring the window
  • Taped headings - plain fabrics only
    Calculation of number of fabric widths required
    Calculation of total fabric required
  • Taped headings - patterned fabrics
    Half drop pattern repeats
  • Hand stitched headings 
    Understand the definition of a hand stitched heading
    Pinch pleat heading
    Goblet and cartridge pleat heading
Step 4 Estimation of ancillary materials
  • Lining
  • Interlining
  • Tape/curtain buckram
  • Weights
  • Sewing thread
Next steps Find out about part 2 of the guide
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