Curtain holdback ideas

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Curtain holdback ideas
Avoid the boring and overused ready-made cord and tassel at the window. (luxury curtain image by Andrejs Pidjass from

Tiebacks are a necessary element of most any set of drapery panels. Very few window dressings look their best at all times just hanging straight. The secret to enjoying the versatility of the tieback is to install each one so that it can be easily removed and hung behind its companion drape when not in use. Plan the tieback style and installation at the same time the drapes are on the drawing board. Allow at least an extra one quarter yard of fabric for each tieback needed. Avoid the common error of using items such as ribbon for tiebacks. Ribbons rarely have the visual weight needed to form a union with the drape.

The Simple Tieback

The simple tieback comes in various widths and lengths, depending upon the number of widths there are to cinch. It is called “simple” because it is fashioned as only a straight piece of fabric. At most it may have a row or two of continuous piping sewn into the seams. Look for this holdback when the drapes are more elaborate and need no visual accentuation. It will most often also be constructed of the same fabric as the drape. Give body to the tieback by inserting a piece of crinoline into the hollow of the tieback prior to it being closed and finished.

The Sculpted Fabric Tieback

The sculpted fabric tieback is made with soft fabric. Manipulate it into a finished shape by gathering, stuffing and sewing the fabric. Look for a popular motif in the sculpted rose or series of roses escalating in size as each is attached to a stiff fabric band. Any workroom specialising in custom-made drapes will offer sculpted fabric tiebacks. Submit a prototype with the work order. In lieu of a prototype submit a sketch with a detailed work order. Use this tieback with any set of drapes that may need a touch of sophistication.

The Ceramic Face Tieback

The local craft store markets many items which have potential to be used on a “U” bracket arrangement to cinch the waist of a drape. The versatility of the “U” bracket is that it can be easily installed and changed at a minimal cost. Cover the “U” bracket with a number of accent motifs, such as tiny shells, ceramic roses, natural stones or glass beads, to name a few. Use a simple premixed plaster to set the covering onto the “U” bracket face and arm. Trim the excess plaster from the bracket with a small craft scalpel.

The Beaded Strand Tieback

The length of any tieback depends upon the number of widths in the panel of drapes it will be holding. The beaded strand tieback is ideal for those panels which are sheer and need an accent that will heighten the visual interest at the window. Choose beads of multi colours on a single strand or translucent beads of the same colour on multiple strands. Cinch the waist of the sheer with the strands. Bring the fullness of the panel up through the strand. Form a graceful curve to break the visual monotony of straight lines at the window.

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