Silk Drapes I

I am trying to replicate a drapery fabric that is long out of production.  I have lucked out in finding silk duppioni in a lavender-thyme colour way, and am now trying to stencil this damask design from Nobilis, a fabric mill in France.  Here’s my inspiration:LR drapery fabricI found these magnificent stencils on Cutting Edge Stencils, which ship to Canada very reasonably.  No one in Canada, BTW, carries these because they are so reasonably priced directly from the US website.drapery trialThen I sourced fabric paint from Dharma Trading.  My local art supply store carries these, too.fabric paintHere’s my first go. drape sampleI’m not 100% happy with either the stencil or the purples, so I have ordered another set of stencils to see if I like a different design better, and I will be mixing paint colours to come up with one that I really like.trial 1There’s a lot of metallic in the Lumiere paints, and I’m not so sure that I like it.  I’ll be trying this again with flat paints, and perhaps adding a bit more red/magenta to the violet.  I like the idea of the stencils being imperfect, with gradations of gold-violet-purple everywhere.

BTW, you would not believe how much doing this myself is saving my pocket book.  When this project is done, I’ll crunch the numbers.


8 thoughts on “Silk Drapes I

  1. I don’t even need you to crunch the numbers to know how much this is going to save you! The result is gorgeous, and like you and Symon, I really love the idea of gradations between slightly different shades. That kind of juxtaposition is lovely.
    I look forward to seeing your next set of stencils and how they turn out!

  2. So far it’s looking really beautiful!! I quite love the metallic but I agree, having a bit more red-fuschia intermingled with the purple will be just gorgeous 🙂 Can’t wait to see the final result! ^_^

  3. You are amazing and so adventurous! I can’t even imagine stenciling enough fabric for drapes! I used those paints once in a T-shirt class with Marcy Tilton and they were very shiny but the colors were very intense, Sending you many good wishes along your journey on this project!

  4. wow they look like they will be amazing. I have just finished sewing 2 sets of curtains. More to come. Out of interest, do you get laura Ashley curtain fabrics in Canada? Just that they carry some silk fabrics with motifs something like that…I love my laura Ashley fabrics for home furnishings 🙂

    1. Yes, we can, but they are available to the trade only, as was this fabric. Silk damasks and brocades for home dec are prohibitively expensive. My inspiration fabric was CDN$260 per yard, and when a project needs 15 yards of fabric, it’s enough to break the bank!


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