This stencilled curtain hanging from Shaker pegs is a talking point on tours of our stencilled house because it appears to be a solution for many problem windows. My problem was that I did not want curtains in the attic bedrooms at all, but my guests did. The window recess is deep and low making it awkward for all but the most agile of visitors to operate a pulley system on window blinds. I am not sure whether to call my solution a curtain, a blind or a window shade but no matter....it works.
It is made from two squares of fabric sewn together, one side was an old linen sheet and the other was blackout lining. I bought the lining from Factory Fabrics. Both fabrics were a joy to stencil. One surface was decorated using the JA52 Wave pattern and the other re-used the Willow Pattern stencils that had been applied to the walls. A border stencil of F20 Chinese style fretwork frames the pattern on the front and back of the curtain. It was used on the furniture too. I used the same paints as I had used on the walls and diluted it 50/50% with fabric medium from Golden Acrylics. Recently I saw the perfect shaker pegs for this project from Creamore Mill. See their web site for your nearest international stockist, you can buy the product plain or painted 'off white'. My own were old and made by a friend.
The curtain hangs from the pegs by clip on hoops from IKEA, they have them in a few finishes. The hoops are easy to adjust along the length of the fabric and are unclipped when the fabric needs laundering. The curtains were easy to make and provide a practical and decorative solution; I am now tempted to make a longer 'winter' version of them.