Trimmings, or as the French call them “Passementerie”, is a term used for the decorative finishing added to the edges of draperies, pillows, lamp shades, bedding, and furniture. Trims such as bullion fringe, cords, tapes, gimps ….etc are usually added for drama and to provide a unique custom look, or it can be simply added for function, such as hiding an unsightly seam, or joining two different fabrics. Whether it is added for function or for a decorative purpose, trims always bring beauty and style to any room. There are thousands of choices out in the world of decorating; some are imported as well as U.S made. Some have the formal feel like the ones made out of silk. Others might be less formal that are made of cotton. A perfect match of colors can be achieved by ordering a custom dye for a custom fringe if the budget allows it. It is always a good idea to explore the different possibilities for creating that one-of-a-kind look that is expressive and reflects a personal flair.
Batiks are made by using a wax resistant dye technique originated in java. Normally the fabrics are cottons or silks that are painted or stamped with melted wax. The fabric is immersed in a dye bath and the waxed area resist the dye. The wax then is removed by applying heat. Batiks have that Eastern feel and will work beautifully with bamboo and rattan furniture and will make gorgeous window treatment combined with woven shades. Some batiks are thin enough to be used as sheers, and some times it can be lined and used as drapery panels. Generally batiks are not strong enough for upholstery use.
We carry fabrics of all types and suitable for all styles and applications, for more information call(630)420-0800.
If you like to entertain and always have guests over for the holidays and special occasions, then your dining room must be designed to impress!
Extra ordinary draperies are the first thing that will be noticed in your dining room. Make your draperies the conversational piece while dining with your friends and special guests. Whether the original trim, the chic hardware, the exotic fabric, or the sophisticated design, your window covering will make an immense difference, more over your window covering will tell so much about you and your style.
I had a great learning experience two weeks ago. I got a call from my work room, and my seamstress asked me to stop by the shop to check out the fabric she has received for one of my client’s orders. When I arrived she showed me the beautiful embroidered silk from RM COCO. She pointed out to me that when we hold the fabric to the window even with lining and interlining, we will still see the needle holes from the embroidery, and the color of the fabric will look faded from the sun hitting the window all morning long. Black out lining is the better solution. I called the client, asked permission to make the change, got the OK, and WOW, what an amazing window treatment!
We learn something new everyday, and we pass it on to our clients, who appreciate all the care and details that goes into their design project!