Thursday, April 24, 2008

What is Italian Stringing?

These angled draperies with a straight hem line are a somewhat difficult treatment to fabricate, even for some of the most experienced drapery workrooms. Italian Stringing is a method of "stringing" or "opening" your draperies. Draperies with Italian Stringing are typically "fixed" at the top, so the only parts that move are the bottoms of the drapery panels, and there is a cord or multiple cords attached to the back of the panels that are pulled to open the draperies. The panels in this photograph are stationary, so the Italian Stringing is not functional. Also notice that the hem line is straight across the floor. If this were not taken into consideration when fabricating the panels, the leading edge would be raised off of the floor.

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