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Lilyhosta
Feb 9, 2010 7:45 PM CST
Name: Pauletta
Flemingsburg Ky.
I have used tablecloths to make curtains.
Found them on sale at the dollar general store.
The material was heavy and I used them in the winter.
They are the rod pocket ones.

Pauletta
ImageChicotSherry
Feb 22, 2010 11:56 AM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
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I LOVE problem spots, Sharon! Do you have a photo?? Also, do you want/need to hang on to the opening &, if so, could it be smaller, like a one door panel to the outside???
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ImageChicotSherry
Feb 22, 2010 12:54 PM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
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Great idea, Tag, re the faux fabric for insulation!! Have you ever used Parachute Silk for drapes?? It is so beautiful, I'm afraid to cut it...
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ImageSugarweed
Feb 22, 2010 1:13 PM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
My DF in Austin bought a bolt of Parachute Silk and made curtains for her whole house.
She hung them high and put a 6" double hem in them.
They are gorgeous, but now needs to find a new bolt.
Do you have a good source?
Whistling
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ImageChicotSherry
Feb 22, 2010 2:35 PM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
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I have a pricy source, mainly because I have to buy 5 yards per color, ugh! I'm going to make drapes, without lining & duvet covers, some solid, different colors on both sides & one with diagonal stripes, in three colors. The cost, per 5 wide yards, is approx $68, which, if you divide by 5 is a reasonable price, per yard for drapes. I'll look for the online addy - where did your pal locate hers & what color did she use??
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ImageSugarweed
Feb 22, 2010 3:57 PM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
Yes, that is pricey! I agree
I know a place or two to look.
How wide is that fabric at $13.60 a yard?
God bless the $1., or $1.50 a yard table at Walmart.
I have found hundreds of yards of weird fabric there perfect for curtains.
In 1972 my folks returned from 3 years of duty at The US Army School Europe.
They bought a house in El Paso and I went to work making curtains.
I made pleated drapes for a living room window out of a heavy woven fabric.
I made BR curtains out of some beautiful primary color print I coveted from my personal stash.
I made 40+ polyester organza panels for M & D's new house.
About 4 months after that Daddy got an Civil Service job in NC.
They sold the house right away.
The Realtor came by as I was about to take down all my labors of love.
The buyers insisted the curtains stayed with the house.
I was sick, but I got over it. It was also a complement.
Whistling

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ImageChicotSherry
Feb 22, 2010 6:33 PM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
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'My' WalMart is the only one in my tri state area that continues to carry fabric, which I check each time I go, which is almost daily. The fabric won't be there much longer, sigh.

I have two problems that require the $$$ Parachute - my house is 107+ and the ceilings are just short of heaven, 11 feet tall, and the style of the house rejects frills & ordinary window treatments.

The simple, billowy parachute, with deep hems, will work perfectly, without lining or pleating. I will use waxed wooden rods, which I'm making. What I save on rods, lining, etc, will cut the price of the fabric.

Did your pal puddle her drapes & did she need or use weights in the hems? I might try lightweight 'string' weights and see what happens. I will also make duvet covers - I will use every inch of the fabric...
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ImageSharon
Feb 22, 2010 7:40 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I am following your every word....I'd love to have parachute fabric.

I came across 4 panels of a sheer fabric at a consignment shop...a sort of high end one where I set up displays during the afternoons. Looks as if they've never been used, huge things, and ceiling to floor in length, important because that wall is the lowest point of my vaulted ceiling. I think I'll use them for now. I'll have to add tabs though, because that's the kind of rod I have now. It's an expanse of 16 feet of glass from side to side, but each panel is about the width of a double sheet, so I think it'll work. I'm figuring the door panel opening now, but I do think this is going to be an excellent, though temporary fix.

I'll let you know.
ImageChicotSherry
Feb 22, 2010 8:21 PM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
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What a fun story, Tag, I loved every word and I know your parents were pleased with your accomplishments - did your mom sew too?? Sometimes I wonder if anyone but a seamstress understands sewing - ya know, I've had people tell me it made them anxious to sew - it had the opposite effect on me, I find it relaxing.

Sharon, I love consignment shops too, isn't it amazing what you can find? Are they pleated panels?
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ImageSharon
Feb 22, 2010 8:24 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
No pleats, just straight panels.

Sunshine, I don't know how, but I missed your story above. What a great story, but with a tug at the heartstrings in the end.

I hope you kept pictures.
ImageSugarweed
Feb 22, 2010 9:28 PM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
Bwahaha, Rolling on the floor laughing
Pictures from 1973,
I actually may have a Christmas picture with those curtains in it.
I do remember the color of all those sheers, pear green.
And sheers need deep hems and must be exact on each side.
Since you can see through them, they need to be just about perfect.
I'm sure that's where I got my first gray hairs.
That sun porch was beautiful.
Thumbs up
The difference between adventure and adversity is attitude. Be positive, be happy.
ImageTallulah_B
Aug 23, 2012 6:32 PM CST
Name: Susan MacKenzie
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
bump...........
This seemed like a good place to ask......

I've lost a book and am trying to replace it:
Keepsake Treasure Collection - Big Book. It has iron-on transfers for embroidery.
I think it's from the 1980's.
Here's what it looks like:
Thumb of 2012-08-24/Tallulah_B/a65978
Anyone have it, and willing to part with it for a decent price, plus shipping? Ears perked up!

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