Making an awning valance
Has anyone out there ever seen a pattern to make a window awning or has anyone ever made one? I would like to make one in my kitchen so it looks more out doorsy, but I am having a hard time trying to figure out what kind of hardware to hang it with.
Stephanie, I used a very simple technique that may work for you if you like an outdoorsy look. I will explain it and (if I can figure out how) provide a picture of it as well.
From my local drapery supplier, I purchased two finials that looked like twigs, and two "plugs" that I believe they called converters. I drilled two holes in the wall (which in my case took several hours, the help of my mother, and dumb blind luck because I live in an apartment where the walls are constructed from concrete from outer-space - don't ask!!!). If your walls are drywall, you will need those plastic plugs to re-enforce.
I snapped the finials on the plugs, supported a birch branch from a fallen tree over the twigs, and draped a piece of vintage fabric over it. I change it seasonally, or when the mood hits. I use garland and lace at Christmas, and have even been known to use it as a display for clothing samples.
*Check out The Home Decorating Institute series of books "Decorating the Kitchen" (dark green cover with picture of kitchen) ISBN 0-86573-363-5 This book shows two easy awnings for the kitchen - they look like a smaller version of the outdoor ones. Your library may have this book.
*Karen, your window drape is fabulous. How did you get that point (end of the fabric) coming out from the middle of the drape?
*Thanks for the compliment. The fabric is (are you sitting down?) an old shower curtain cover from the 1950's that my aunt never got rid of. So it's a nearly perfect square, folded diagonally in half. The little crease is held in the back by *blush* a wooden clothespeg. The pearl on the tip is a vintage pearl button. My aunt was a complete pack rat, never threw anything away... I was lucky enough to inherit her amazing stash when she went into a nursing home.Moral of the story: if you never throw anything away, your family will either love you or think you are nuts. Or both :-).
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