Does ANYBODY on Earth Sew???????????
I have a problem.
And was hoping that you could help me.
You see, I have taken on this HUGE and very OLD house needing a TON of work. And, so far, when I have needed help with something, like renewing the radiator system, relining built-in gutters, or restoring stained-glass windows, I have found the perfect people to help.
But now, two years into the project, I am stumped. And what I am stumped with rather surprises me.
I need help…having draperies reduced in length.
I know! How ridiculous that this should prove such a headache!
Last year I did a series of posts about the Great Drapery Hunt, the heroic effort to find enough panels of a discontinued drapery at Wal-Mart. Readers across America astonished me by scouring their local Wal-Mart and having their discoveries shipped to me. In short order, I had MORE than I needed!
But…but…all proved not as expected. The drapery panels did not really look like the online images. And the panels looked less than impressive in the library. It wasn’t just me who thought so. I tacked up a pair, and had numerous visitors vote. All voted no. The panels were attractive enough, but not right for the space. They were not, ah, grand enough for such a grand house.
So, I hauled all the panels over to carriage house, where they look quite well. And this is where I will later use them.
Back to square one.
One reader, Matt, had mentioned Half Price Drapes. I checked them out, and purchased two panels to test them out. The panels were lovely, but proved not right for the library. Then I purchased two more panels…and these looked great! The panels were lined and interlined, in a faux silk, and looked rich and elegant and grand. Whew!
(Sidebar: by purchasing TWO panels as tests, rather than ONE, I could always use the panels on some other window in my very big house. I mean, what does one do with one panel?)
The drapery panels were a steal as they were discontinued and thus marked down from $250 each to $39. Big whoee. The problem was that I had to order what was available, and these were 96-inch long panels when I needed 66-inches.
Later, I purchased a set for the parlor, also severely discounted and discontinued, and these were also too long.
This did not seem a big deal.
It does now though, for I cannot find anybody to reduce the length of the draperies! All the local people are booked solid. One reader, another Matt, mentioned that his mother had a drapery shop in a nearby town. I sent along an email…and received no response.
I am beginning to think there is a fabric conspiracy against the Cross House!
My hope is that by reaching out, you will leave a comment stating: Oh! I have the perfect person! I already talked with them and they would be thrilled to help the Cross House!
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