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For luxuriously thick curtains that will drape well and provide good draught protection, use interlining. Bump, the heaviest, bulkiest type, makes curtains look luxurious. It gives excellent protection against cold and, indeed, heat, when sewn into curtains. Lighter domette can be used with lighter fabrics and gives body to Roman blinds and pelmets. Synthetic, the lightest of all, can be slightly see-through. Its main virtue is its cheapness, but its other good points are that it should not shrink when cleaned, and it will not cover you with fluff during sewing a pattern, some woven into checks or other patterns. Although it is not hardy enough for blind making and it rots in sunlight, it should not necessarily be excluded from curtain-making, but it must be used with care and forethought. El
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Damask can be made from silk, cotton or man-made fibres. It has a woven, two-tone pattern, usually of intertwined leaves and/or flowers. Really grand damask comes with applique and/or embroidery added to the surface. Like damask, brocade has a woven pattern but in more than the one colour.
Velvet, the most luxurious of fabrics, has a pile which must always lie in the same direction, otherwise the colour will look different. Available in a whole range of colours and patterns, it is incomparably sumptuous and invaluable for creating an atmosphere of comfort and elegance. The thickness of its pile makes it unsuitable for making into blinds. Plush has a pile like velvet, but it is longer and less closely woven. It was particularly popular in the nineteenth century for tablecloths and as curtains in a multilayered window treatment.
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