Handmade Interlined Roman Blind with standard or Cascading Hem
As with traditionally made, interlined curtains, the methods used to construct this type of Roman blind are at the top end of soft furnishing making. You will learn how to construct a blind with an internal layer, which gives structure and luxury to your finished blind. The rod pockets on the reverse of the blind are contained within the lining fabric and there are no unsightly stitch lines showing on the front of the blind.
You will learn how to construct a blind, both with a standard fold, where all of the pleats stack neatly on top of each other and also, learn how to set them so that they cascade, known as a "waterfall effect. The techniques covered are essential if you are thinking of starting your own business making soft furnishings or if you would love to make luxury items for your own home.
I have devised a Roman blind calculator which eliminates all the complicated maths necessary when working out your rod pocket placement, both on the face and the lining fabrics, particularly difficult on cascading blinds. You will be given permanent, free access to this. (Requires Microsoft Office Excel or compatible software.)
This workshop is more suitable for those with at least some sewing experience. This is a full day workshop where you will make a sample size Roman blind. This will include all of the techniques required to make full size blinds and will become a valuable reference. You will be given comprehensive notes which will include step by step instructions for when you are making your blinds at home.
Since legislation was introduced in February 2014, you are legally obliged to make any blind compliant with BS EN 13120 – Child Safety For Blinds. We will discuss your legal obligations and I will demonstrate what is required.
What will be covered
Blind Safety Law
The various head-rail options available to hang your blinds, including suppliers
Measuring your windows and dealing with unaligned walls
Calculating your fabric requirements
Your choices regarding linings & interlinings and their suitability
Considering pattern placement
Cutting out your fabrics and how to square off
Manually calculating your blind pocket positions, plus, access to my easy to use rod pocket calculator
Creating your rod pockets in the lining
Constructing your blind
Stringing your blind & attaching to the hanging system
Workshop length - 5.5 hrs