Behind the scenes in designing: Episode 3

Last week I discussed answering fundamental project questions such as basic materials, aesthetic style, and colors. These answers bring the next round of questions. Construction method and working materials are very important aspects in this round and the answers will vary widely depending on the individual project.

In my case it turns out that it takes *two* bags to cover each window and the raw edges are on the outside and must be hemmed or edged in some manner to keep them from coming apart. Needing two bags gives me my first major construction decision. I can either have the seam be in the middle (either obvious or as hidden as possible) for two even sized panels, or I can cut one bag across the middle and sew it to the top and bottom for a wide central panel and two narrow ones at top and bottom 

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As the drawing shows, I have chosen the latter option. This means that I have two more raw edges that I will have to deal with though and the choice of hidden or obvious seams remains. Given my current interest in faux-bojagi I'm leaning towards having them be obvious and possibly incorporating some sort of fretwork design fake seaming to incorporate the actual seams. This would also mean I could do smaller individual motifs and filling patterns which is much easier in the long run than a large design filling the panels.

As for the side edges, the bags are not much larger than the window pane already so I don't want to do anything that will reduce the width significantly. Machine zig-zag is a possibility. I would need to try it first to make sure that it holds the strands as opposed to breaking them though. Whip stitch or hem stitch with one of the yarns used in the piece is probably how I will end up solving the problem, and it *does* need done in the prep stage because otherwise the burlap will fray as I work.

Another construction question is how to hang the curtains. Along with being none too wide they are also not overly long even with two bags sewn together so my standard pocket method is not an option. Another factor is that the current curtains are in good shape, just too sheer for effective light control. My plan right now is to add tabs on each side and then tack the burlap panels to the existing sheers. That will come at the end though.

You will notice that many of my notes to myself are questions as opposed to answers. One of the things I *thought* I had answered was working yarn. I had some hand-blended yarn in light, medium, and dark evergreen and the same in a sort of fuchsia and intended to add a natural cream handspun of some variety to make a total of seven shades. When I got home I realized that I had used much of one of the fuchsia shades in a scarf that is currently for sale on the website and couldn't find another. Also, with three curtains to work the chances of running out were much to high even if I still had the full amount. That being the case I now have a number of options. I can use the same worsted weight yarn I used for all the other projects, probably using light and dark shades of the green and rose for five shade. I do have the three basic shades in crochet cotton and could use that. As shown with the wall hanging, a limited palette can still be very effective if the design is bold. Another option, but one that would be more time intensive, would be to use sewing thread in as many shades as I desire, I already have at least the intermediate five available, and use actual filet lace techniques. This is my least favorite option as I have no real experience with filet lace work and would rather get that experience on something a good deal smaller. I suspect that I will end up using the worsted for outlining and covering large areas while doing filling stitches with the crochet cotton and maybe just a *little* detail with the sewing thread.

Next week I'll discuss choosing the designs to be added. Obviously this applies mostly to embroidery, but other projects have similar, if often less elaborate, decisions as well.

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