I started by making some thickish felt for the strips and then cutting it into strips 70mm wide.
Tailors chalk is fabulous for making dark coloured fabric, for light colours I tend to use a disappearing marker. To keep the holes evenly shaped and spaced I made a template from some left over mounting board but any stiff cardboard would do. To ensure that the strips had enough substance – both visually and structurally – I made sure that the edges where quite robust. So the dimensions ended like this:
- The strips are 70mm wide
- The holes are 30mm wide and 50mm high
- With 20mm between each repetition of the shape
This gave me an even border of black felt around each of the holes.
Next I laid out the beads and decided on the placement and colour order. This took longer than making the felt! Things to consider:
- How many beads do I use? – I needed to spread them across as many elements of the curtain as possible.
- What shape? Should I use one of every shape? Which shapes complimented the shape of the cut-out?
- What order should the colours be? Which ones go well together? Should I use every colour?
- How do I string them? They are actually very heavy so some engineering was required.
- Finally how will the hang? Do I attached them to a rod/pole – then attach that to the wall? Especially as the opening is an arch and not square.
All will be revealed! Ciao