What is a Dye Lot?

A dye lot is a record taken during the dyeing of yarn to identify yarn that received its coloration in the same vat at the same time. Yarn manufacturers assign each lot a unique identification number and stamp it on the label before shipping. Slight differences in temperature, dyeing time, and other factors can result in different shades of the same color between different dye lots of otherwise identical production. Although the component elements of a dye lot number are of interest only for internal business record keeping, retail yarn consumers have an interest in ensuring that they purchase a given color of yarn from identical dye lots.

Woven textile fabrics receive their color in various ways. The most common fabrics are either woven in a natural state and then piece dyed or are woven with a combination of yarn dyed and/or solution dyed yarns.

 

 

 

 

 

Piece dyeing occurs when the fibers are spun into white or natural yarn and then woven into fabric called greige-goods. After the fabric is constructed, mills then immerse the greige-goods into large tubs or vats where the color is applied to the entire roll. The dyed goods are then dried and finished in preparation for shipping. Typical dye lots will range from 300-800 yards at a time based on the weight of the yarn, the type of yarns used, and the dye tub size. This process is most often used in solid fabrics where the mill wants a broad color range. Although excellent and well performing options, piece dyed fabrics typically have the greatest color variance from one lot to the next versus yarn dyed woven fabrics.

Yarn dyeing applies color after the white or natural fibers have been spun into yarn. Dyeing occurs when the yarns are wound onto cones and placed into a high pressure tube where the color is applied onto and through the yarn through pressure dying. After drying, the yarns are woven into a constructed piece of fabric. Cotton, rayon and linen yarns are often yarn dyed and commonly used for multi colored fabrics such as woven stripes, gingham checks and plaids.  

Solution dyeing is commonly used on synthetic yarns like polyester, nylon, polypropylene and acrylic. In this process, color is mixed directly into a liquid solution before being extruded into long fibers and then spun into colored yarns thus making them extremely colorfast and consistent. That is why many outdoor fabrics, such as Sunbrella, are woven with solution dyed acrylic or polyester. This process yields large volumes of yarn so typically solution dyed yarns are used in the warp for both commercial and decorative fabrics. These colored fibers are then woven into finished goods often using yarn dyed goods in the filling.  Color consistency on these types of products is excellent.

During the color dyeing process, the batch of yarn or constructed fabric is assigned an identification number recording the specific color formula it received. Even though the same dyes are used every time, noticeable color variations can occur especially in piece dyeing of finished goods.

What causes color variations in dye lots? Temperature, time, water source and human error all contribute to slight variations between dye lots. The difference can be subtle to extremely visible. Industry standards allow up to a 6% difference in a color variation. DrapeStyle makes every effort to insure that the fabric sample you receive is from the same dye lot as the fabric we purchase for your job. Our fabric vendors have been in business for many any years and they also do everything they can to insure consistency with their dye lots.

Because of these industry standard dye lot variations, it’s important you always purchase enough fabric of the same dye lot in order to complete your window treatments.

So if you are ordering multiple drapes and/or shades for the same room, we strongly suggest that you order them all at the same time to insure the fabric comes from the same dye lot.

If you have any questions about Dye Lots or window treatments, please contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.


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Candice Olson fabrics are now at DrapeStyle!

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DrapeStyle is pleased to introduce the addition of Candice Olson fabrics. World renowned interior designer, TV star, and author, has made her way to DrapeStyle and we couldn’t be happier!

candice-portraitCandice Olson, a leading designer in the United States and Canada, began her career in commercial and residential design after graduating from the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.  Candice received accolades and media attention for her distinctive and exceptional work before moving her design career to television.  In fact, earlier in her career, The New York Times identified her as “one to watch”. Candice’s foray into television began when a Canadian station profiled one of her award-winning design projects. Her unique approach to residential design and her engaging personality led to a weekly stint as a design contributor to the show.

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Today, Candice can be seen as the host and designer on HGTV’s Candice Tells All, Devine Design and as a judge on Design Star. She has been featured on the Today show, LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, The View and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In addition, Candice writes a syndicated biweekly newspaper column that runs in more than 400 U.S. newspapers. “The collections I have created embody my signature fusion of traditional form, scale and proportion with the simplistic beauty and crispness of modern design. The marriage of contrasts; old and new, minimal and adorned, sleek and lustrous, delivers a look that is current yet timeless, fresh yet familiar. In 2005, Candice launched “The Candice Olson Collection” a successful brand of home decor products, including upholstered furniture, fabrics, wallpaper, lighting, bedding and more.  

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“I have the best job in the world. After many years building my reputation as a professional designer, I find it’s important to show the serious side of design and inspire others to create engaging homes. But another important lesson learned is to have a good laugh. It is my team of talented, hardworking people that manage to keep me-and each other-laughing.”

We invite you to view our new fabric collection and order samples for yourself.  Since 2002, quality fabrics, quality craftsmanship, excellent customer service.  Let us help you create your dream drapes!

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DrapeStyle Announces Cord Changes for Roman Shades

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DrapeStyle now includes a continuous cord loop on all of its’ Roman shades. There has been a lot of talk in the media about some retailers offering safer solutions for cords for Roman Shades. The safety of our customers is very important to us. This is one of the reasons DrapeStyle has decided to discontinue making Roman Shades with the standard cord lock. DrapeStyle will offer continuous corded shades as our standard cord, so that we can continue to manufacture custom window treatments for our customers.

Some of the benefits of a continuous cord; it has a fixed length, no matter the size of the shade. The cord loop remains the same length whether the shade is up or down, creating a neater appearance and there won’t be any dangerous dangling cords.

The continuous cord also has a break away feature, should something get caught in the cord, the continuous cord will break in half.

This is also great news for large and heavier shades. The continuous cord distributes the weight evenly and will allow you to easily lift and lower the shade no matter how heavy or how large the shade is. DrapeStyle can make Roman Shades to your specifications, even larger ones that you won’t find at your typical drapery store.Chevron Shades

 

As manufacturers continue to innovate and introduce new technologies, DrapeStyle will continue to look into other cording options for Roman Shades. Current corded products comply with the current safety standards are essential to meet the needs of consumers, including the elderly and users with disabilities.

DrapeStyle will continue to offer great prices on custom made Roman Shades. Any of our over 500 fabrics can be used to make Roman Shades. With all of these fabric choices and five different pleat styles, the possibilities are limited to only your imagination. If you have questions about our Roman Shades or need a little advise ordering them, please feel free to contact us.Grey Kitchen Shade

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Trina Turk Fabrics at DrapeStyle

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Here at DrapeStyle we feature several designers.  One of which is Trina Turk. Her fabrics are bright and bold, creative with a touch of retro.

Over the past two decades Trina’s modern and upbeat outlook has melded classic American design with a California confidence. What began as a women’s clothing collection has organically evolved into a many categories, with California-inspired patterns and pure color leading the way.

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Trina Turk Fabric is by far one our favorite lines. Trina Turk is an amazing designer, partly because she knew at a fairly young age what she wanted to do when she grew up, followed her passions, and now she is extremely successful and has evolved what began as a women’s contemporary clothing line into a mini lifestyle brand. Trina studied apparel design at the University of Washington, leading her to work for various companies designing ready-to-wear women’s apparel.
Trina realized in 1995 that her resume wasn’t going to cut it if she wanted offers to design her own line of women’s clothing. Her next step was to launch her own company-selling everything from fabric to home accessories. And within the same year, her products were being sold in major department stores such as Barney’s New York and Saks Fifth Avenue. In 2009 her wholesale sales topped $40 million. Her successes lead to the opening of her own boutiques in major cities around the United States. Those boutiques and her online store are a huge success today.

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Trina has drawn constant inspiration from the cocktail party and poolside lifestyle of the desert, which definitely lead to her line of indoor/outdoor fabrics for F Schumacher. Trina Turk Fabric for F Schumacher is filled to the brim with eye-popping colors and patterns that without a doubt will add excitement to any design. Many of which you can view here. The fabric quality is to die for, not to mention how cute it is! Whether you use the fabric for upholstery, drapery, or outdoor cushions, it is destined to be a great accent. Her geometric fabrics are a best-seller and have definitely landed her a place on our list of favorite designers!

outdoor-pillowsSee all of Trina Turk’s bright and breezy outdoor fabrics, available for custom made pillows and drapes, by DrapeStyle. If you need a little help determining the size of your drapes, or if you would like to order fabric samples, contact us. We’re here to help.  We want to help you design your dream drapes.

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Dupioni, Handwoven and Taffeta Silk

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Here at DrapeStyle, we sell more silk drapes than anything else. You won’t find better quality silk and exclusive colors anywhere. Our designers are often asked questions about our silk fabrics. Here are a few facts about this stunning natural fabric:

  • Because of its natural protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics
  • An all-climate fabric, it is warm and cozy in winter and comfortably cool when temperatures rise. Its natural temperature-regulating properties give silk this paradoxical ability to cool and warm simultaneously. Silk garments outperform other fabrics in both summer and winter. Worn as a second layer, it warms without being bulky
  • In spite of its delicate appearance, it is relatively robust and its smooth surface resists soil and odors well
  • While silk abrasion resistance is moderate, it is the strongest natural fiber and, surprisingly, it easily competes with steel yarn in tensile strength
  • Silk takes color well, washes easily, and is easy to work with in spinning, weaving, knitting, and sewing

Our designers are often asked to explain the difference between the different types of silk drapery we offer at DrapeStyle.  The three primary categories of are Dupioni, Taffeta and Handwoven, also known as Matka.  All of our silks are imported from India however, there are distinct characteristics that make each one unique.

Silk Dupioni , or Douppioni, is known in the textile industry for its modest sheen and less refined texture. Dupioni is a lustrous silk often woven from two different colors of threads, so that it shimmers or changes color in the light. Dupioni is made from an irregular, rough silk reeled from double cocoons or cocoons nested together, making it necessary to reel them together. An elegant woven fabric made with a tight plain weave, fine warp yarns, filling yarns that form prominent, irregular crosswise ribs. Usually brightly colored, it has a moderately crisp drape, fairly reflective luster, and a nubby texture. DrapeStyle carries a wide variety of Dupioni in both solids and stripes.

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Silk Taffeta is considered a more formal  and luxurious fabric due to its higher sheen and more refined weave. Our Taffeta has a crisp smooth finish that looks elegant in any pleat style. Please view our fabulous Striped Silk Taffeta drapes here.

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DrapeStyle’ s European influenced, 100%  Handwoven Silk collection is the new look of silk.  We like to describe it as a  marriage between the elegance of silk and the natural texture of linen.  This combination gives it a unique,  heavy weight weave often used in transitional designs.  In any length, width or pleat style, this updated material has quickly become one of our best sellers. View all of the colors of our Handwoven Silk Collection and see for yourself this beautifully textured fabric.

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DrapeStyle offers free fabric samples, so that you can view our luxurious fabrics in your own home.  Please view our fabrics and your first $10 are free. If you have questions, please contact us, we are happy to help you determine the right length or width, or offer suggestions on fabrics, pleat styles and more.

We have been making custom draperies, Roman shades and pillows for nearly 15 years. DrapeStyle custom makes everything right here in the USA by seamstresses who have an average of 25 years of experience. You won’t find better quality draperies anywhere. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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Happy National Argyle Day!

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This week we celebrate National Argyle Day. Who knew this even existed, right? Here is a little information about the fabric.

Deriving from the tartan of Clan Campbell, of Argyle in western Scotland, the argyle pattern used for kilts and plaids and from the patterned socks (known as “tartan hose”). Worn by Scottish Highlanders since at least the 17th century, is recognized and honored each year on January 8th on National Argyle Day

blue-argyle-romper-setMost commonly referring to the overall pattern made of diamonds or lozenges, the word “argyle” sometimes is used referring to an individual diamond in the design. Layers of overlapping motifs are found in most layouts adding a sense of three-dimensionality, movement and texture.  Typically in the pattern, there is an overlay of inter-crossing diagonal lines on solid diamonds.

 

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The design’s popularity was helped by its identification with the Duke of Windsor, Pringle of Scotland (a luxury knitwear manufacturer and importer).  The duke, like many others, used the pattern for golf clothing on both jerseys and long socks that were needed for the plus-fours trouser fashion of the day.

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What do you do on National Argyle Day? I really don’t know. But I found a website that came up with some fun projects. Click the link above for some crafty, fun ideas. And please view our website. We don’t carry argyle fabric, but we have many fabrics that would coordinate with your argyle sofa!

In fact, DrapeStyle carries over 500 fabrics that can be made into the drapes of your dreams. Please contact one of our designers for more details or questions about ordering custom made drapes, Roman shades and pillows. We love helping our customers design their dream drapes, and it shows. DrapeStyle has been awarded the Best of Houzz in customer service three years in a row. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased!

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Ideas for Tall Windows

 

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You decided on the house with the big, beautiful, panoramic windows. But now what? The windows are dramatic and provide amazing views but can be somewhat of a challenge when it comes to buying custom curtains or drapes. If you visit the typical retailers you are probably not going to find drapery that will cover extra long windows. Most retailers won’t have drapes that go beyond 120 inches. And that’s where DrapeStyle comes in. Everything we make is custom made, so yes, we can make drapes for your windows.           Any width.  Any length. Any fabric.

 

Do your tall windows offer an incredible view that you don’t want to obstruct? Consider adding sheers to your windows.  DrapeStyle carries sheers in several different colors, style and fabrics so you are sure to find one that works for you. Sheers can add drama and softness to a room, without breaking the bank. Whether you are looking for a classic sheer or something more modern, DrapeStyle has plenty of reasonably priced sheers to choose from.

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Another option for adding a little color and pattern to your windows, would be decorative panels. Drapes that do not open and close, they instead are stationary and provide much needed color to the walls.

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Need privacy? Consider adding our sateen privacy lining or for a truly room darkening effect, add blackout lining. Perfect for darkening the room when you want to watch a movie or take a nap.

 

So where do you start? We suggest that you go through our fabric samples and select a few that you like. You will receive your samples within a few days and you will be able to see for yourself how each fabric looks in your home, in your light. Then, check out our measuring guide to determine the best fit for your window. Or, if you need a little help, please contact us. One of our designers will help you through the process and determine the best size draperies for your tall windows.

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At DrapeStyle, we have been passionate about designing and manufacturing the highest quality custom draperies, curtains, pillows and Roman shades available anywhere since 2002. Value that comes from purchasing a premium product directly from the manufacturer. After all, DrapeStyle is where professional ASID designers in the US and Canada have been buying their drapery, valances and Roman shades for over a decade. Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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What Is Interlining?

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It’s finally starting to cool down here in Phoenix (you know, like 60 degrees!) and it has me thinking about insulating windows from the cold.  Here is a little information about how to help with those winter heating costs:

Insulating drapery helps regulate temperature and can dampen sound. All drapery lining will give some degree of insulation, but certain linings are specifically designed for it. They can help save on heating costs by reducing drafts and heat loss during the winter, and can keep things cooler in the summer by blocking heat from the sun. Insulated drapery lining also dampens sound and can help block outside noises.

 

Flannel interlining will provide a thin layer of insulation between the lining and the fabric.  Available in a neutral color, flannel interlining will help insulate your windows from the heat and the cold as well as add body and fullness to your draperies making them look more full and luxurious. DrapeStyle uses a 100% cotton, premium, heavy-weight flannel interlining.  The flannel is loosely woven to provide a greater insulating factor and dramatically add to the fullness of your custom drapes.  You may choose to add flannel interlining and standard lining, or flannel interlining and blackout lining to your custom drapes.

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Bump interlining is particularly effective at thermal and noise insulation. Bump Interlining, or “English Bump” as it is often called is an extremely heavy-weight 100% cotton flannel interlining.  The name “English Bump” refers to its use as the home’s primary insulation in early nineteenth century England.  At more than twice the thickness and weight as our flannel interlining, bump is the perfect choice when sound and climate insulation are required.  Bump is sandwiched between the fabric and the lining.  You may add bump with your standard lining or blackout lining. Because it’s thick, bump is often used to create fuller, heavier looking draperies that have a luxurious feel.

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If you are thinking about insulating your draperies and have questions, please contact us. Here at DrapeStyle everything we do is custom made so you can truly create the drapes of your dreams.  Please see our website for more ideas and inspiration, or order a free catalog. And, orders placed by the end of the month will also receive free shipping.  See website for full details.

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Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017

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A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

Greenery Color Pairings

Nature’s neutral, PANTONE Greenery is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. As displayed in the 10 palettes below, Greenery is paired with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels, metallics and even the enduring presence of PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity. These palettes easily cross over fashion, beauty, product and graphic design applications.

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Roman Shades at DrapeStyle

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Roman shades are a great way to add color and style to your windows.  With all of the different styles available, the possibilities are endless.

At DrapeStyle, everything we do is custom made.  From our outdoor pillows to Mulberry Silk draperies, everything is made right here in the USA.

Roman shades can be made in just about any fabric.  View our fabrics here, and order free samples.  There may be some fabrics that may work better as shades than others, so if you have any questions, please contact us, we would be happy to provide you with ideas and advice.

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Relaxed Linen Large Roman ShadeOne of the most common questions I get is, “Why are Roman shades so expensive?”  Windows by Melissa put it in the most excellent way:

“Why are roman shades so expensive? Because it takes about 80 steps to create one and you have to do each one right. If you so a step wrong and don’t realize it till 20 steps later you have to undo all the previous steps! Also, roman shades have a lot of components.  Roman shades are made up 14 different pieces and it requires at least eight different tools to create it including a sledge hammer and saw. Additionally, mistakes aren’t easily remedied on roman shades. If a mistake is made, more often than not the shade has to be recreated entirely. If the dowel cases are sewn on incorrectly and a seam of top stitching has to be removed it leaves unsightly needle holes in the fabric and the fabric must be replaced. There is so much room for error in the construction of a roman shades. So the slow process and tremendous amount of detail and focus required to make it is why the labor charge is so high on a roman shade.”

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At DrapeStyle, our seamstresses each have an average of 25 years of experience.  They meticulously manufacturer each Roman shade to your specifications and the results are stunning.

Please visit our Roman shade pages and view the different styles and fabrics for yourself.  We will have your shades to you in 4-6 weeks in any of our over 500 fabrics.  If you need a little help placing your order, contact us, we would be happy to help. In fact, we have been awarded best in customer satisfaction by Houzz three years in a row.  We love helping our customer design their dream drapes.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.


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CYBER MONDAY DEAL

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CYBER MONDAY DEALS! Drapestyle is offering $100 off on all drapes and roman shades purchased today!

Shop deep discounts on custom window treatments including, drapes, curtains and roman shades AND receive $100 off your order of $1199 or more.

There’s no better time to shop-save up to 20% on all our drapes and curtains, including silks, linen and cotton, and refresh your home by adding new window treatments.  With over 500 fabrics to choose from, you are sure to find something that will compliment your home.  Want to view fabric samples before you buy?  Order fabrics samples and use the code “SAMPLES” at checkout to get your first $10 in samples for free.

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Choose from options such as velvet trim, fabric banding, tassels and tie backs.  Customize your drapes even further with blackout lining or bump interlining and make your drapes work for you by cutting down heating and cooling costs.

Shop our Cyber Monday sales and online deals comfortably at home on your PC or laptop, or on the go from your tablet or cell phone.  You’ll receive $100 off your order and you won’t have to brave the crazy crowds!  Shop now because this offer ends at midnight tonight!

Need a little advice?  We’re here to help.  Our desgin consultants will help you desgin the perfect pair of drapes or Roman shades.  Contact us at: 800.760.8257 or question@drapestyle.com

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Happy National Button Day!

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National Button Day is observed annually on November 16. Founded in 1938, the National Button Society recognized button collecting as an organized hobby. This is a celebration day for all button collectors, skilled and novice.

The appeal of buttons is clear. They come in every shape, color and style, from pearly white shirt buttons, to ornate Victorian affairs, to cute fastenings shaped like insects and animals. Any outfit can be updated by adding the right buttons, and sewing them on is one of the easiest types of needlework to learn. And they don’t just belong near buttonholes, either. Clusters of buttons can be used to decorate almost everything, and even on their own in jars they are delightful to handle, play with and admire. Some collect them, but most just lose them. Regardless, nearly everyone seems to love them, or at least regard them with fascination.

In case you may be thinking that buttons do not deserve their own holiday, try to imagine what life would be like without them. Sure, we have zippers and velcro, but could you imagine velcro down the front of your elegant blouse? Of course not!

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In medieval Europe, garments were laced together or fastened with brooches or clasps and points, until buttonholes were invented in the 13th century. Then buttons became so prominent that in some places sumptuary laws were passed putting limits on their use.

By the 14th century buttons were worn as ornaments and fastenings from the elbow to the wrist and from the neckline to the waist. The wearing of gold, silver, and ivory buttons was an indication of wealth and rank. Expensive buttons were also made of copper and its alloys. The metalsmith frequently embellished such buttons with insets of ivory, tortoiseshell, and jewels. More commonly, buttons were made of bone or wood. Button forms of these materials were also used as foundations for fabric-covered buttons. Thread buttons were made by wrapping the thread over a wire ring.

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In the 18th century luxury metals and ivory largely replaced fabric, although embroidered buttons in designs to complement particular garments were popular. Pewter, the familiar metal of the age, was used to make molded or stamped-out buttons, but these were scorned by the wealthy. Cast brass buttons, particularly calamine brass, with ornamental and distinguishing designs, also became popular on both military and civilian dress.

In the middle of the 18th century, Matthew Boulton, the English manufacturer and partner of James Watt, introduced the bright, costly, cut-steel button, which was made by attaching polished steel facets to a steel blank. In France the facets of the cut-steel button were elaborated by openwork designs. During the first quarter of the 19th century, a less costly stamped steel button was made in an openwork pattern. Brass buttons that were gilded by dipping in an amalgam of mercury and gold also became popular.

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The two-shell metal button was introduced about the same time as the stamped-steel type by B. Sanders, a Danish manufacturer in England. The two shells, thin metal disks enclosing a small piece of cloth or pasteboard, were crimped together on the edges. Sanders also originated the canvas shank. By 1830 fabric-covered buttons were being made mechanically. Also coming into use were animal horns and hoofs, which could be made malleable by heating and then could be cut, dyed, and molded.

Buttons were also made of ceramics and glass. Porcelain buttons became a French specialty; they were decorated by hand painting or by transfer printing designs using colored inks. Bohemia, in the present-day Czech Republic, produced most of the colored glass used in button manufacture.

In Japan, ceramic buttons, hand painted in traditional motifs, were developed. Buttons with an intricately carved thickness of vermilion lacquer on a wooden base became a Chinese specialty, and decorated and lacquered papier-mâché buttons became popular in Europe in the late 1800s.

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The use of the pearly shells of sea mollusks in button making increased with the mechanization of production. Shell was separated into its component layers by treatment with a nitric acid solution, and blanks were cut out by tubular saws. Holes were bored in the blanks for sewing, and an engraved decoration was mechanically applied. At first only seashell was used, but in the 1890’s the American manufacturer John F. Boepple began to use the less iridescent but abundant freshwater mussel shells found along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

In the 20th century, buttons became primarily utilitarian, not decorative, and in many applications were supplanted by the zipper. Buttons began to be made of plastics such as cellulose, polystyrene, and polyvinyl resins; designs tended to be abstract or geometric. Mass-production machines produce molded buttons either by compressing powdered plastics or by injection—forcing liquid plastic into individual molds through small openings.

Some old buttons are considered valuable and are collected for their art and workmanship. The place, date, and name of the maker are usually marked on their backs.

Originally published by: ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA

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Order Now for Christmas Delivery!

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Now is the time to finalize your custom drapery order for Christmas delivery! Place your order by November 18th and receive $50 off and free delivery!

Thinking about refreshing your home by adding custom drapes, roman shadespillows and drapery hardware before Christmas? There’s not a better time than now to start thinking about placing your order for custom window treatments. Everything at DrapeStyle is custom made with the finest exclusive fabrics and the highest quality workmanship. For over a decade, DrapeStyle has been making everything right here in the USA and is proud to deliver quality and style you won’t find anywhere else.

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And if you place your order by November 18, 2016, you will receive $50 off your purchase of $999 or more*. After that, we may be able to fill your order, but rush shipping fees may apply. Contact us for more information, we would be happy to help you with your window treatment project.

DrapeStyle has been making custom drapery for homeowners and for commercial applications for over a decade.  Our team of seamstresses each have an average of 25 years experience. We have also been awarded Best of Houzz in customer satisfaction three years in a row. We love to help our customers design their dreams drapes.  Please contact us with any questions you may have.

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*New orders only, cannot be combined with any other offer.  $50 off may be applied to orders of $999 or more. Free shipping applies to pillows, drapery and roman shades for in stock fabrics only. Free shipping applies to orders shipped within the contiguous US only via UPS ground. Please see our website for complete details.

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Fixer Upper Style at DrapeStyle

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White on white. Natural fabrics. Barn doors, metal baskets, glass jars, industrial furniture, shiplap paneling. If this sounds like a dream to you, then you’re probably a fan of the “Fixer Upper” style. Popularized by the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” where the hosts renovate dilapidated houses and transform them into beautiful, functional and family friendly dream houses.

“Fixer Upper”, “Country Chic” or “Antique Farmhouse” mixes rustic with modern.  To create this look, incorporate natural and modern touches.  Neutral tones throughout the entire home such as eggshell, white, cream, grey and taupe, will create a cohesive look. Re-purposing items is an inexpensive way to make something look the way you want.

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Simple, soft, elegant draperies can add a touch a texture. Just make sure they’re in neutral tones and in a sheer or linen fabric. DrapeStyle has hundreds of fabrics that would be perfect for the “Fixer Upper” style.  You can order free samples here.

 

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Another “Fixer Upper” favorite are dining rooms – simple and beautiful. A dining room is a staple in every home and with the right decor they can be very inviting. Don’t forget about table-scapes; using books, wreaths, or other found vintage items.

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If you know what to look for it is easy to achieve the “Fixer Upper” look and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Flea markets, vintage stores even places like Home Goods may have deals on “Fixer Upper” decor.

If you need a little help with your “Fixer Upper” window treatments, DrapeStyle is here to help.  Whether you need Roman Shades, Drapes or Pillows, we can help you create the look you desire.  Since 2002, DrapeStyle has been creating some of the most beautifully well made draperies right here in the USA. Please contact us for more information, you will be pleased.

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DrapeStyle offers FREE shipping!

 

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Wait, what??!!  Free Shipping??!!

Yes! you heard us correctly!

DrapeStyle is now pleased to offer FREE SHIPPING!

The highest quality fabrics, meticulous craftsmanship, made in the USA…and now there’s another reason to love DrapeStyle:

FREE Shipping within the 48 contiguous states!

Free standard UPS ground shipping is now included on all drapery, Roman Shades, outlet purchases and pillow orders at no extra cost. (Some items that are too large or too heavy for ground shipping may incur an additional oversize freight charge).*

So whether you order one drape, or a whole household of pillows, your shipping is FREE!

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If you have been thinking about updating your home with custom drapes, curtains, or roman shades, NOW is the time to act!  DrapeStyle has hundreds of fabrics to choose from, 7 pleat styles to choose from, several lining options, and now FREE SHIPPING!  Extra long drapes?  No problem.  Designer fabrics?  No problem.  Drapes and curtains on sale?  No problem!  Save up to 20% now at www.DrapeStyle.com.

Should you have any questions regarding free shipping or any of DrapeStyle’s products, please feel free to contact our designers at: 800.760.8257 or at: question@drapestyle.com. We are happy to help you with your project.  Maybe that’s why DrapeStyle has received the Best of Houzz Customer Service Award three years in a row.  We love our customers and it shows!  For well over a decade, DrapeStyle has manufactured the finest custom drapery available for designers and homeowners.  And as always, your drapes, curtains and roman shades will be made here in the USA.

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*The fine print: Standard UPS ground delivery within the 48 contiguous U.S. states applies to Custom Drapes, Roman Shades, Outlet Purchases and pillows only.  Oversized items, drapery hardware, and expedited shipping may incur additional charges. Please see www.drapestyle.com for more details.

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Pillow Arranging Made Easy

 

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Thinking about adding a pop of color to your sofa?  Don’t know where to start when selecting pillows?  To some, pillow arranging can be stressful.  But it doesn’t have to be!

As you stroll down the pillow aisles of the home decor stores, you see all the beautiful colors and styles of pillows that you have to have!  But, putting a great grouping of pillows together on a sofa can sometimes be a different story.  A sofa is like a blank canvas and pillows are the pops of color, design and texture you put on it.  Getting it right can sometimes be difficult!

GuideHere are a few hints to get you started.  Start with a couple of anchor pillow, a larger sized pillow for the outside of the sofa.  Moving towards the center, start to select smaller sized pillows, alternating patterns and fabrics.

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Pull out colors from around the room to really tie the look together.  Odd numbers are more appealing, so as you work towards the center of the sofa, end with one fun decorative pillow.

Get creative!  Try using a few patterns.  As long as they are in the same color family, they will work.

TropicalUse pillows to make a statement!  If you purchase pillow covers and down inserts you can change the pillow covers seasonally.  You can store the covers neatly in a drawer and use the inserts over and over again!

To maintain the look of your pillows, give your pillows a good shake and punch in the sides to redistribute the feathers in the insert.  Flat pillows look old and tired.

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So the bottom line is have fun when selecting your pillows!  Pillows are an inexpensive way to change the look of your sofa without breaking the bank.  Change the look as your style changes, or change the look as the seasons change.  Need a little more inspiration?  See our custom pillow pages for a truly custom look for your sofa.  At DrapeStyle, everything we make is custom made, so if you can dream it, we can make it!

Please contact us for more information, or for a complementary catalog.


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Guaranteed Thanksgiving Delivery on Custom Drapes and Shades

HURRY & SAVE UP TO 20% FOR THE HOLIDAYS!  GUARANTEED THANKSGIVING DELIVERY ON CUSTOM DRAPES, ROMAN SHADES & PILLOWS. SAVE $50 and GET FREE SHIPPING!

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Fall weather brings to mind warm colors, festive foods and pumpkin spiced everything.

Thinking about refreshing your home by adding custom drapes, roman shadespillows and drapery hardware before the holidays?    There’s not a better time than now to start thinking about placing your order for custom window treatments.  Everything at DrapeStyle is custom made with the finest exclusive fabrics and the highest quality workmanship.  For over a decade, DrapeStyle has been making everything right here in the USA and is proud to deliver quality and style you won’t find anywhere else.

 

DrapeStyle offers hundreds of fabrics including silk, linen, cotton, and polyester blends that can be made into any style drape, curtain or roman shade.  We also feature designer fabrics from Schumacher, Robert Allen, Kravet and Vern Yip.  The customization continues with your choice of lining; sateen, interlining, bump or blackout lining.

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If you’re thinking about updating your home for the holidays, you won’t find a better selection than at www.drapestyle.com.  If you need a little advice, we’re here to help.  Our designers are happy to assist you with your order.  So whether your order consists of drapes, roman shades or pillows, order by October 21st and use coupon code 245 and receive $50 off.  And take comfort in knowing that you are guaranteed Thanksgiving delivery*.

See www.drapestyle.com for details and exclusions.

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*Free delivery indicates standard UPS ground delivery for the contiguous U.S. states only.  Applies to in stock fabric for Custom Drapes and Roman Shades only.

Oversized items, drapery hardware, and rush deliveries may incur additional charges. Please see website for complete details and exclusions.

Use coupon code 245 at checkout and receive $50 off your order of $999 or more.  New orders only, cannot be combined with any other offer.


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Vern Yip now at DrapeStyle!

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Inspired by his world travels and background in architecture, Trend Fabrics and DrapeStyle.com have collaborated and are pleased to introduce the addition of Vern Yip fabrics.  Vern Yip’s global aesthetic, paired with his precise and clean lines, has set him apart as a leading trendsetter. The environments he creates are always warm, timeless and effortlessly livable.

His extraordinary technique, dynamic personality and sophisticated style have made him a nationally acclaimed interior designer, columnist and TV superstar.

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It all began with his Atlanta design firm, Vern Yip Designs, where he still works with clients from all over the world to this day. His interior design work has been award-winning, including the prestigious 2000 Southeast Designer of the Year, and he has been prominently featured in countless interior design and media publications.

Most known for his TLC show Trading Spaces and his various HGTV shows including HGTV Design Star, Deserving Design, HGTV Urban Oasis and Live at Vern’s House, and his columns in both HGTV Magazine and the Washington Post, Vern continues to provide invaluable insight into creating environments that are simultaneously beautiful and functional.

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Whether you are in the market for custom draperies, pillows or custom roman shades, you are sure to discover something from the Vern Yip Fabric Collection that will enhance your home.

DrapeStyle invites you to browse the Vern Yip Fabric Collection and discover the bright colors and bold designs for yourself.  Our designers are happy to assist you with any questions you may have 800.760.8257.

Since 2002, DrapeStyle has made the highest quality custom window treatments, right here in the USA.  Our Arizona studio employs some of the most talented seamstresses, who have an average of 25 years of experience in making custom draperies.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience, you will be pleased.

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Suburban Zen-Asian Inspired Spaces

From traditional to contemporary, Asian influences can be seen in all types of spaces, all over the world.  Asian inspired interiors evoke an image of serenity and tranquil calm.  Balance is often the key defining aspect of an Asian theme.

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You need the right harmony of not just colors but also different textures and elements that surround you.  Think about adding glass partitions, natural stone decorations, wooden floors, bamboo blinds and a few organic textures.  Clean lines, neutral hues, indoors and out.  Balance and harmony create a serene space in these neutral colors.

 

 

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Nature is a great inspiration in Asian influenced interiors adding to the comfort and serenity to the home.  Schumacher has many Asian inspired fabrics including Hot House Spark, Chiang Mai Dragon and Betwixt Bear/Ivory, all of which DrapeStyle carries.

 

 

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A home with Asian influences can be traditional or contemporary.  Traditional Chinese decor is far more opulent, expansive and grand with regal reds, lavish gold, captivating jade and plush purple tones.  Selecting the right accessories and window treatments can completely change the mood and feel of the room.  DrapeStyle carries Vern Yip fabrics that can be made into Pillows, Roman Shades and Drapes.

 

 

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Whether dramatic or understated, calming or classy, Asian themes offer an amazing way to give your home an impeccable and exclusive appeal.  DrapeStyle can help you add those finishing touches.  With over 500 fabrics to choose from, you are sure to find a color and style of window treatment to fit your home.  We at DrapeStyle love our customers and it shows.  DrapeStyle has been awarded “Best of Houzz” for customer service three years in a row.  We are here if you need a little help designing your window treatments, measuring for your window treatments or shipping fabrics samples to help you make your decision.   And as always, your Drapes, Roman Shades and Pillows will be hand made right here in the USA.  Please join us in the DrapeStyle experience-you will be pleased.

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Custom Made Pillows

Everything we make at DrapeStyle is custom made.  Including pillows.  DrapeStyle has over 400 fabrics to choose from and any of them can be custom made into pillows for you.  What size?  With or without welt?  Polyester? Down? You make the call and we’ll make them beautiful!

Put it in Neutral.  Soft tones of beige and taupe:

Crawford - Washed   Essex Pearl Mojave - Sand

Cool Blues.  One of the “hottest” colors in home decorating today:

Abaza - Resist  Hyland Navy  Trellis - Navy

 

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Schumacher Abaza Resist

 

Fire it up.  Red is hot:

Maya - Fire  Rouge  Pismo Spice

Pleased as Punch.  Pinks make a splash:

Serenity Poppy  Pink  Blossom Spice

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Trina Turk Peacock Punch

 

Green with Envy.  Chartreuse is electric:

Watermelon  Adras - Caravan  Sikar - Citrus

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This week marks the first day of Fall.  What better way to welcome Autumn than to refresh your home with warm harvest hues!  Pillows are an inexpensive way to quickly change your home for the holidays.  Please contact us for more ideas and inspiration and browse our luxurious fabrics here.


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