Encyclopaedia of Curtains All you'll ever need to know about making curtains

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Catherine Merrick and Rebecca Day

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Merrick & Day
Territory: World excluding Australasia
Size: 284 mm x 240 mm
Pages: 384
Illustrations: 680 colour, 850 b&w
Name of series: 2nd Edition
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  • Second edition, totally revised, rewritten and expanded
  • 1500 photographs and diagrams, including hundreds of new images
  • Current and traditional curtain-making techniques explained in step-by-step detail
  • Authoritative soft-furnishing textbook, written by leading experts in their field with more than 20 years experience

Since it was released in 1996, the Encyclopaedia of Curtains has been an essential resource for curtain-makers around the world. Now, Merrick & Day have revisited their original publication and comprehensively revised it to present this second edition. They have included hundreds of new descriptive photographs and diagrams, and greatly expanding the technical step-by-step curtain-making details.

They have reviewed the techniques and sewing skills described and adapted and updated them to keep in tune with the changing demands of furnishing fashion.

Everything described in this second edition has been tried in their professional workroom: this is an opportunity to access their hard-earned knowledge gathered over more than twenty years and adapt it to individual situations so that timesaving shortcuts and professional techniques can be utilised to create beautiful window treatments.

Contents: History of curtains; Curtain styles and window shapes; Measuring windows; Planning your window treatment; Estimating fabric quantities; Equipment and setting up a work area; Cutting fabric; Sewing skills; Making curtains; Unlined curtains; Lined curtains; Interlined curtains; Overlong curtains; Double-sided curtains; Decorative headings; Headings for arched and shaped windows; Contrast edges and borders; Frills; Fabric trims; Passementerie; Valances; Pelmets; Swags and tails; Swagged valances; Tie-backs; Italian stringing; Blinds; Roller blinds; Roman blinds; Pleated blinds; Gathered blinds; Attaching blinds to headrails; Bed curtains and dressings; Decorative tablecloths; Cushions; Fitting and hanging; Templates and patterns; Fabric directory; Blind cord and chain safety guidance.

Sisters, Catherine Merrick and Rebecca Day are master curtain makers with more than 20 years of experience. They run the well-respected Merrick & Day curtain-making workroom in North Lincolnshire, making curtains for interior designers. Merrick & Day also run popular courses on curtain making. In demand as speakers around the world, they have also distilled their years of knowledge into nine authoritative books on curtains.

An English literature graduate, Liselle Barnsley of Tailored Marketing Solutions has been working closely with Merrick & Day since 2005. She has also edited two previous Merrick & Day books: Blinds, Curtains and Cushions and The Curtain Design Directory.

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