I kept it up all day, and I think we're all smitten with it. In fact, my husband's first words upon walking in the door were about how much he loved the new curtain. I stopped off at our co-op for a couple more yards today (less than $3.00 locally). They are just right in our old farm kitchen. A wisp of poetry and romance floating over the windows and letting the light stream in, softening the intensity of all of the snowy view. Each curtain looks old and full of history and echos of the weathered and aged curtains framed in abandoned farmhouse windows in these rural parts. Here's a view in early morning.
If you live in a cold climate, but have drafty, old windows this is obviously a style for you to try in a warmer season. We are quite fortunate that the former owner of our 1850's home retained the original sills/frames when he replaced the window panes with updated energy efficient ones.
I thought about making these curtains a bit more decorative or finished with a little vintage lace or ribbons, but you know how much I like simplicity in strategic spots. I think these will stay as is. My studio, however, is far from simple.
This window made a perfect spot to try out a different version. Love it, too!
- Tack a piece of jute twine to the top of the window frame.
- Drape cheese cloth and secure it with clothespins.
- For a bit of whimsy, tie a bow of twine to cinch the center and embellish with a paper flower.
I bought my unbleached cloth locally, but if you can't get it at your health food store, find it here.
Obviously, you can really customize these with your own style of embellishing and draping. More on my favorite new paper flowers next week. I'll be back over the weekend with more of India.
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