Having moved into a new (for us) and bigger house here in Wellington, I realised that new curtains were in order. No curtains mean very cold rooms here in NZ, since particularly rental houses have little heating, single glazing and no insulation. Cosy curtains are a must.
We brought a couple of pairs over with us from the UK. These cream curtains I made for our lounge in the UK about five years ago. It was the first time I’d used pinch pleat tape and although you can’t see the tops in this photo because of the pelmet, I’m still pleased with them and like them. I’m lucky they fit one of our lounge windows here!
I also made some cushion covers to match. At the time we had a dark red sofa and dark red accent wall, hence the red piping round the edges.
The other set we brought over were some I made donkeys years ago, I think about 15 years ago. For some reason, they didn’t stay up long, then I moved and they didn’t fit, so ended up packed away. I hadn’t the heart to get rid of them. And I’m glad I kept them… Aren’t they the most gorgeous colour? They’ve always been bedroom curtains for some reason, but I like them as they’re dark and keep the light out when trying to sleep.
So the latest addition are these which now adorn our other lounge window. I can hear some of you saying now “Oh, she’s got odd curtains in her lounge, how weird!” Well actually they work well. What do you think? Does it really look that bad?
These are a rust colour and are such thick material, I had concerns for my poor machine and if it would cope, but it worked a dream and after cutting out, I think I probably put them together in about a day (albeit spread over a week!) I always line any curtains I make and these have been lined with one-pass thermal lining and we can certain feel the difference. The lounge is positively sauna-like now! Nice and toasty, hopefully we won’t need the gas fire blasting out so much!
Mr N is certainly happy and particularly so because I made them up in my new sewing space! Up until now in the UK, I always had to sew in the dining room on the table, having the clear things away frequently for meals, etc. Now we have space and I’ve got an enormous spare room downstairs. We’ve bought one of the new micathermic heaters which warms up in two shakes of a whatsit and I’ve set myself up at one end.
To end I thought I’d share what happened while I put the curtains up… I was quite happily minding my own business, it was about 10pm (well I had to hang them, I couldn’t leave that bit ’til the next day). The steps are normally quite sturdy, but suddenly they moved a wee bit. I decided I’d stood on them strangely. The next day checking the GeoNet site I realised that it was one of the small tremors we experience here in Wellington. Nothing like the one that rumbled and rumbled about two weeks ago! It was certainly odd though!
Anyway, now I need to get on with some more curtains for the small bedroom… These are going to be very plain, made from the dark blue I used to make the spice holder.