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One of my Cape Cod neighbors asked me if I would make a pair of curtains
for her. The fabric is a dotted Swiss with an 8 inch finished bottom of
a heavy lace, that looks like  machine crochet. She bought the fabric in
Switzerland years ago. It is so pretty.She wanted the fabric cut
lengthwise and and sewn in 2 panels. The top is folded over 10 inches
and has rod pocket on the top. I had her do the length  cut. I didn't
want to cut into that beautiful fabric. I had to pull a lot of threads
to get a fairly straight edge for the sides. That went well. Then came a
side seam in the very open lace.  First panel I tried to hand sew the
lace edge. Hated the way it looked so I took out the stitches and bonded
the side hems of the  lace  with heat and bond, then machine stitched it
down. I hope she likes the finished job.  I'll bring them out to her
this weekend. It was a challenge and a lot of fun.
Juno

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Juno B wrote:
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Juno they sound beautiful!  Real Swiss dotted-swiss,
drool...

I think your idea for seaming the lace bit was probably a
good solution.  Another idea might have been to create a
French seam just in that area?  Or use silk organza and
enclose the raw edge of the lace in a binding?

--
Beverly
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On 7/13/2011 9:26 PM, BEI Design wrote:

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I should have said side hem. If I had some silk organza I would have
used it. I didn't consider regular binding. It just wouldn't have done
justice to the fabric.

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Juno B wrote:
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I'm shocked, SHOCKED! to learn you don't have a stash of
three colors of silk organza laying about...  ;-)

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Beverly
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You forgot to add: '... in you holiday domicile.' ;->

U.


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On 7/14/2011 5:51 AM, Ursula Schrader wrote:

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I don't have enough room there to have more than a couple of spools of
thread. The place is so small we climb over one another.

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If you could see my stash  you would be even more shocked. Compared to
most it's just about empty.

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"BEI Design" wrote...
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 They really sound beautiful, and if the owner won't mind - how about a
picture?

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The father of my mother's sister in law, our dear aunt Kitty (a short for
Claire of Klara) owned a factory that made the stuff. When we got married,
we pondered for a second to get for our bedroom their fabric with the little
laurel wreath pattern but soon got off it since we had a young kitten then
and intended to have kids. Good move, too; the curtains we got instead have
been torn to shreds by our now new kitties. Anyway, back to the real Swiss:
unfortunately, the factory closed down years ago, and my aunt's brothers
have only a couple of lengths left. I have a couple of swatches somewhere...
If I find the time I might scan them for you if desired.

U.

 


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Juno B wrote:

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Those sound gorgeous!!!!!  You better watch out or you will become the
Curtain Queen of the Cape!!!!  ;)  


Sharon
---
Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.

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On 7/13/2011 9:49 PM, mamahays wrote:


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She's a good friend and good neighbor. I had no trouble saying I would
make them for her. She has an extensive collection of fabric she bought
in Europe when she went there years ago. I would gladly make something
else for her just to hold it for awhile.
Juno

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That fabric sounds so lovely I would love to just caress it for a little
while.  Oh my.  sigh.  There's a bin full of fine heirloom lace pieces here
and I probably would have used the most invisible for a sort of hem tape for
the lace side seams.
    About ten years ago (really) there appeared a hole in the fine mesh of
our clothes dryer filter.  I patched it with cotton Swiss lace and it is
holding remarkably. That lovely lace is surprisingly strong and doesn't
carry the worry of long-term unknowns.  Polly


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