Fabric trimmings are used as ornamentation and to enhance to beauty of the Decor of a room. Ornamental trimmings can be used to embellish pelmets, curtains, swags and valances. If you use an ornamental trimming on a pelmet, the trimming will highlight the plemet and draw attention to the pelmet even if the rest of the room is very tastefully decorated. Read further to find out about the different types of fabric trimmings used for ornamentation and find out how they can be used to augment the appearance of a particular furnishing.
Fabric bows are trimmings that can be made from any kind of fabric. The
size of the bow must be altered to suit the weight of the fabric. Bows
can be used to embellish pelmets, valances, drapes and swags etc. Small
bows can be used on tiebacks to enhance their effect. Bows can be used
to compliment or contrast the color of the central fabric and color.
They can be used to highlight a certain color in a setting that has
numerous colors. The size of the bow will depend on the effect you want
the bow to have. A large bow will have a dramatic effect on the Decor.
Before making a bow, cut out a bow in paper and pin it up where you
would like to place the bow. The advantage of using paper is that you
can alter the size until you get the size you are looking for.
Fabric rosettes are trimmings that are flower shaped and are usually
made from lightweight or medium weight fabric. A rosette pleated along
one edge. These can be made with a single layer of cloth or a double
layer of cloth. You could use two different colors for double-layered
rosettes and is best when made with lightweight fabric. The inner edges
are finished with button stitch.
Tasseled tails can be used as an ornamental finish for pelments and
swags. Tasseled tails do not cover the return of the pelmet board. For
the best effect use medium or heavy fabric. You need to add another
fabric to the back of the face fabric for stiffness. If the fabric you
are using is very thick then use a thin fabric to the back of the tail
to prevent the seams from becoming bulky. These are attached to the
pelmet with Velcro and the tassels hang from the pointed ends. One
single tail will not have the dramatic effect that two tails have. The
second tail should be done color and fabric that contrast the first one.
The tasseled tails should be about 1/3 to1/4 the length of the window
and about 6" to 10". But these measurements must be altered
according to the size of the window.
These ornamental cones made of fabric, can be attached to pelmets,
valances and used between swags or at the end of tails, as a final touch
to decorating the window. Trumpets can be made from any fabric. Buckram
has to be attached to the fabric to make it stiff and help it keep the
shape of a trumpet. Trumpets need a lining in either a complimentary
color or a contrasting color, as it will show at the bottom edge. The
trumpet can be decorated by attaching piping, fringing or braids to the
lower edge. The size of the trumpet will depend on the rest of the
window treatment. It is best to use a paper cut out to decide the size
of the trumpet before making one with the fabric.
Read about fabric trimmings for ornamentation and how to make fabric bows, fabric rosettes, fabric tasseled tails and fabric trumpet.