The Making of a Slipcover: A Lost Art

Written by Robin Hall

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Once you have all your measurements for your slip cover pieces, start withrepparttar largest sizes and mark everything out on your fabric, WRONG SIDE. You will need a yardstick or longer, measuring tool. A large square is good to have also. (Any hardware store should carryrepparttar 147964 tools) Label all pieces; i.e. back back, front back, seat, sides or skirting, etc. Cut your pieces.

Holding your slipcover pieces up torepparttar 147965 furniture piece INSIDE OUT, pinrepparttar 147966 seams together about every 2 inches lengthwise alongrepparttar 147967 seam. Make sure to center your pieces over furniture so you have equal seam allowance on sides, edges, etc. Back-back to front-back, pin. Seat to front-back, pin and so on. Sew these pieces together. Once you start sewing, your seams will only be about 3/8" instead ofrepparttar 147968 full 5/8". This givesrepparttar 147969 slipcover a tiny bit of room to move when finished. I recommend getting some T-pins to use when you are making slipcovers for larger upholstered pieces, you can stick them intorepparttar 147970 furniture and they will holdrepparttar 147971 slipcover fabric in place when fittingrepparttar 147972 pieces together.

Normally, I will pin fitrepparttar 147973 whole slipcover together inside out onrepparttar 147974 furniture piece, then go sew, removing pins alongrepparttar 147975 way. This is similar to a puzzle, make sure to sew all seams that dead end into other seams first. Once you have it sewn together, turn it right side out and fit it. Check for areas that may be a bit off and correct. From experience I can tell you it is usually pretty good if you can sew a straight seam. You can put some masking tape on your sewing machine face plate and mark 3/8" over fromrepparttar 147976 needle to help with this. Complete all finishing touches, stand back and take a picture!

This is a wonderful way to grow patience, skill and redecorate for less. There is time involved, but you will have a great sense of accomplishing a lost art! Have fun!

There is more to this than what I have here, but you should be able to get a pretty good idea of what to do and how. There are some very good books you can get from your public library and material/craft stores to help you and I would be happy to help, if you mail me atrepparttar 147977 address below.

About the Author: Robin Hall has been a successful Tailor by trade for 30 years. She has sewn everything including home décor items. She has just started an online home décor store where you will find great products including more tips on decorating and home improvement. Stop by and see us/her at or send email with questions to

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Beautiful Lighting Tips 101 - A Crash Course in Lighting Design

Written by Brian Starr

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WALL WASHING is a type of Accent Lighting that creates an area of uniform illumination that may desirable for a series of photos or artwork. Wall Washing reducesrepparttar texture ofrepparttar 147856 wall surface. Oftenrepparttar 147857 reflected light can create ambient light inrepparttar 147858 remainder ofrepparttar 147859 room that is pleasing and restful. WALL GRAZING is opposite from Wall Washing in that it creates a dramatic highlight and shadow effect on surfaces such as draperies, stone or brick. Ceiling light fixtures for Wall Grazing are placed closer torepparttar 147860 wall than Wall Washing in order to highlightrepparttar 147861 three-dimensional effect.

DISPLAY LIGHTING consists of small low voltage lighting fixtures to illuminate cabinets displaying keepsakes, ornaments, dinnerware etc. Many under-cabinet fixtures (as described above) are suitable for display lighting. Small space xenon fixtures used on a "Mini" or "Linear" track have unparalleled design flexibility. Tiny fixtures may be spaced anywhere alongrepparttar 147862 track making it possible to create an even distribution or highlight task areas. Lamp choices from 3W to 20W allow illumination levels from a subtle glow to a brilliantly lit area. A "Light Baffle" often serves as a holder forrepparttar 147863 track and as a visual shield, concealingrepparttar 147864 halogen or xenon bulbs. An innovative use ofrepparttar 147865 baffle is as a rigid support, such as spanningrepparttar 147866 edge.

COVE LIGHTING gives a room a more open appearance by illuminatingrepparttar 147867 perimeter ofrepparttar 147868 room whererepparttar 147869 walls meetrepparttar 147870 ceiling. A large crown mold or soffit is built aroundrepparttar 147871 perimeter ofrepparttar 147872 room providing a concealed space for a continuous halogen or xenon track lighting. Cove lighting looks best with a smooth, even wash of light. Fixtures should be placed at least 4" fromrepparttar 147873 wall with 6" to 9" being ideal to minimize scalloping. The ceiling height aboverepparttar 147874 lamps should be not more than twicerepparttar 147875 distance fromrepparttar 147876 wall. The lamp spacing and wattage will depend on distance and brightness level desired. For a medium light level, a good starting point is with 5-watt lamps spaced 6" on center, with a track spaced 6" fromrepparttar 147877 wall and 10" fromrepparttar 147878 ceiling. From this reference point you can designrepparttar 147879 light level up or down as desired. A room with a dark ceiling, or a brightly lit room may need a higher light level.

Lighting that is thoughtfully considered can make a world of difference and will be an improvement that lasts for many years. Many home improvement stores include sample displays ofrepparttar 147880 various lighting systems and fixtures mentioned above. As with most appliances and electronics, there is a wide variety inrepparttar 147881 quality of lighting fixtures available. Be sure your purchase is from reputable well known company with fixtures that are either UL or ETC listed. There are numerous online retailers that offer name brand fixtures delivered to your door at very competitive prices.

Brian Starr owns a company that is in charge of WAC Lighting products, including transformers and dimmers.

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