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  • A Soft Furnishing Question - Are You A Secret Roman Blind Snob?

A Soft Furnishing Question - Are You A Secret Roman Blind Snob?

A Soft Furnishing Question - Are You A Secret Roman Blind Snob?

As a passionate curtain maker I always find myself secretly inspecting roman blinds, curtains and anything else that is a soft furnishing.  If I'm in a restaurant or hotel, I simply cannot resist investigating the stitching, quality of the linings and so on! I think I am the biggest critic of roman blinds.  

In my opinion, a beautifully made, built to last roman blind should have the following qualities:

1.  Interlining to ensure the face fabric is protected from the elements.

bespoke interlined roman blinds
Protective interlining

2.  Interlining to provide the blind with superior fold quality.

custom made roman blinds with interlining
Interlining helps create beautiful soft folds.

3.  The rod pockets should be part of the lining.

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Rod pockets are skillfully sewn into the lining on the back of the blind.

4. No machining ANYWHERE on the front of the blind. 

luxury handmade roman blinds, suffolk
Hand stitched roman blind with no machining to the front.

5.  A high quality roman blind system

roman blinds by bespoke curtain makers, Suffolk
A sturdy and compliant blind system.

A high quality blind system ensures the smooth operation of your roman blind.  It is also vital that the system complies with current child safety regulations.

One of the biggest compliments I received from a recent customer was her following statement: "Since you have made my lovely roman blinds I have become a total blind snob.  I can now spot the difference between a well made roman blind and an inferior one."

Are you ready to join us?

At Natalie Canning – The Soft Furnishing Experts, we take great pride in designing and producing, the most beautiful and unique curtains and blinds.  I am always available in my Suffolk work room to discuss ideas and requirements.  All of our soft furnishings are hand made to the highest standards using traditional skills and craftsmanship.  Contact me directly on 01379 668170 or natalie@nataliecanning.co.uk.

(Main picture by Doctor Marco)

  • Natalie Canning

Comments on this post (2)

  • 13 Oct, 2016

    Hi Debbie, of course I do not mind your questions, it’s great to be asked! Yes I do stab stitch through to the front at the cord points on each rod pocket using a matching thread for the face fabric. I secure the velcro in the same way for metal header rails or fabric covered battens – top of fabric is folded back to blinds required drop, velcro is machined on one side (through back layers of fold only), excess fabric is cut away and other side of velcro is hand stitched down (making sure stitches do not go through to front of blind). Hope this makes sense! If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to ask and you are very welcome to call me on 01379 668170. PS. Welcome to the roman blind snob club ;)

    — Natalie Canning

  • 13 Oct, 2016

    do you stab stitch the front to the interlining/linings at cord points across each rod pocket, if you don’t machine. I do unless the fabric is too fine to hide stitches. I assume you handsew fabric band with Velcro attached to top inside edge, when using metal header rails. New to making blinds and just trying to confirm my techniques. Hope you don’t mind my questions, Thank you.

    — debbie

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