Having a visual can really help make design decisions. Below is an example of this. Using our software, we superimposed alternative designs on our client's window and presented them to her. This enabled her to be comfortable with her final decision.
Below is another example of the application of virtual designs which helped us sell our design to the client
This project is still in progress, but here is one of the shades completed...
Sometimes we get some really tall windows. These two windows are 144" tall. Our Installer is very experienced so this was no problem...
Recently, we had the opportunity to work with fabric that had large pattern repeats. We welcomed the challenge to ensure that the pleats were placed consistently in the same spot along the width of the fabric. The result is especially visible when the panels are pulled back.
Today I completed one of five balloon shades I need to make for a project. This is the first one mounted on a stand in our workroom. It is made of a monochromatic patterned faux silk fabric from Yufe's fabric store. Below is raw video of the shade in operation.
This week I started a fairly large project.... 19 windows. I have to make lined pleated panels and about six balloon shades. Altogether I am working with nearly 300 yds of fabric!
The client chose patterned fabric for all the windows so I had many decisions to make about placement of pattern and to calculate the cuts to make sure I matched the pattern across all the widths.
I made a short video to demonstrate pattern matching. It is kind of grainy cause I just used my little sony cybershot, but you will get the idea....
More pattern matching
Below is a slideshow demonstrating the process of pattern matching to make a valance. I decided to feature the blue leaf on the valance. So you see, its not so straight forward. Working with patterned fabric requires thought to get just the right finish!!
The finished valance
Matching the pattern on a panel
In the knife pleated panels below you will see that I planned the fabric to mirror each other. See how it is beige, green, beige, bit of green then bronze on each panel? That took ALOT of planning. This is a feature you must look out for in custom work.
We did this treatment for our client for her foyer last year. She loved the style, but later decided she wanted bolder colour. Below is the re-do in orange. which do you prefer?
We also share how we patterned the panels and cornice. See the pics below.
Anatomy of asymmetrical panels