Thursday

Vintage Topical Bark Cloth


I made these a while ago, but thought I would share them with everyone. I have these three narrow windows that look out into my backyard, but the windows don't open. They face west, so it will be rare that I need to open the shades.  I fell in love with the texture of vintage barkcloth many years ago and decided that was what I wanted to use to make Roman Shades. So, of course, I scoured the internet looking for just the right design. I found this beautiful yellow hibiscus pattern.... on...shhh....the other E site and was lucky enough to get it.

Three beautiful panels that I cut to get the design centered properly on each panel. Then I used the Dupioni silk that I had made my other window treatment with  to
edge the panels. I've also been collecting various seashell beads and used that to make the bottom trim. I found the cute wrought iron tie backs at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I was extremely intimidated about making these Roman shades since I've heard such horror stories about how hard they are to make. I proceeded carefully...following the measure twice, cut once golden rule. They turned out perfectly!  
On one of my thrift-store treasure hunts I found this lovely flamingo!

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Urban Design said...

Wow, those are gorgeous! I can't begin to fathom making shades or curtains. I'm impressed!!! Want to do mine? LOL!

Livy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Right As Rain Creations said...

Zounds!! Gorgeous fabric! I want some. I can't sew worth a lick of beans though. You impress me! :)

SEWphisticate said...

absolutely beautiful window treatments! you did a wonderful job.

Rosebud Collection said...

The flamingo is beautiful..what a lucky find.

MillieDog Designs said...

I adore that flamingo --great find!

Alisa said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your shades are STUNNING!!! Wow... my poor windows are not happy with me now.

Bella Rosa said...

oh my God those are so beautiful!!!! I love them!

MewPaperArts said...

Beauty! What a room. Very sophisticated.

The Prairie Jeweler said...

The shades are amazing! I would love to get the guts to try to make some but I fear destroying good fabric.
Can i look for a listing on Etsy anytime soon *wink*

Waterrose said...

I'm not sure they would sell on Etsy. It might come as sticker shock...lol

High Desert Diva said...

The Roman shades look fantastic with the barkcloth.

I used some black background tropical barkcloth for curtains in our camp trailer. Very fun!

Eleanor said...

Dear Rose, I love coming here for a moment of beauty.

Waseem said...

The room look so fantastic...like the way just it is.... You make it beautiful..

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