I’ve always loved hobbled shades. Since the old way of making them was too labor intensive for my interest, I only looked longingly at pictures and didn’t try to make them.
When I found the cotton bloom fabric last year, I knew Roman shades were needed for our bedroom. Since that time, I’ve found products that make it easier to sew the hobbled shades. I decided it was time to give them a try.
You may remember when I completed phase one of the new bedroom draperies – the white double-pleat panels. That was five months ago! I never intend to be slow, but it seems to be my thing. I’m very prone to getting side-tracked.
Do you get sidetracked, too? My theory is that it’s a symptom of a creative mind.
I don’t know if you remember, but this is what our windows looked like before I began the transformation last September. These were functional shades we had in our house in Georgia for about ten years, and we raised and lowered them daily. After adding the top portion to make them longer after we moved and using them another seven years, it was time for them to go!
When I bought the cotton boll fabric during my spell of textile love, it was on sale. Since I didn’t know exactly how I would use it, I bought the remainder of the bolt – over 9-1/2 yards. So, I had plenty of fabric for a bath treatment, too.
See my Manic Over Textiles post for a close-up of the cotton boll print. It’s puffy and pure white and soft – just like the real thing.
I ran the draw cords through a catch mechanism for easier raising and lowering. Absolute privacy isn’t a must in The Land of Making Do, but it’s nice to have the option to close off our windows. The easier, the better. HH doesn’t do fussy!
In a later post, I’ll show you how the catch mechanisms work and how you thread the cords through them. I highly recommend the catch mechanism.
I share tutorials for making these hobbled shades in three different posts. With quite a lot of information about Roman Shades in general, I’ve broken it down into manageable topics for each post. For my beginning post on the basic construction of most Roman Shades, go here. Step two is next, with Hobbling the Hobbled Shade. The final step in making hobbled shades is covered in Stringing Any Roman Shade.
You’d think I’d be finished with the bedroom after phase two, but I have one more phase to go. There’s a tiny treatment needed for the door that opens out onto the porch. I hope it doesn’t take five months to do that!
Oh, yes, back to my question. Do you think it’s theory or fact that creative minds get side-tracked easily?
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