Getting to grips with the formalities of design

As you know, I have embarked upon a Curtains and soft furnishings course in order to conquer yet another of my stitching phobias (the zip gremlin was kicked into touch some time ago).

The last part of my current unit was to develop a window treatment for a fictitious client. Until I started this process I had no idea that there was a whole range of books which exist simply to give you line drawings of every conceivable curtain, blind, pelmet and pole combination you could ever think of. Part of my reading list were two volumes by Wendy Baker entitled The Window and Bed Sketchbook and The Compact Sketchbook of Blinds. Both of these gave me a very clear idea of what different curtains in all kinds of environments would look like.

I am lucky in that I can draw (though nowhere near as well as Kitty) so creating the sketch was not at all daunting. I’m sure I am not alone in spending numerous hours planning out new interiors designs on the backs of envelopes, but what I did discover is that if you draw your window/room to scale, the design you thought you liked often doesn’t work at all.
I chose a slightly awkward window, in that it is at the top of a half landing, and originally planned just a single curtain to the left. But when I sketched this out it didn’t look at all balanced and I was forced to rethink. As the curtains are never required to close, the fact that they are completely different lengths doesn’t matter at all.

I’ve submitted all of my first unit coursework now, so I am awaiting both my mark and details of Unit 2 which will involve some curtain construction. the other news is that having shown off the cushions I created for the little sewing lesson I ran, I now have multiple orders for these as well. Better get on then I suppose.

Cat x