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Welcome to the Chintz-N-Prints Blog! My name is Laura and I  am  the 3rd (third) generation to run the store. I write the blog  to share what is going on and what's new! I write about new arrivals, articles we appear in, movies we apprear in, vintage fabrics, customer projects and so much more! I try to mix it up and keep it interesting and keep you all connected through the blog to see what is new at the store! Hope you enjoy and check back frequently cause you never know what you'll see! Thanks for reading!

 

By chintznpri20223285, Apr 15 2019 07:43PM

We know many of our customers already understand how to calculate yardage for window treatments, but we thought we would share one of our more comprehensive yet easy to follow guides.

Singer Sewing Books over the years has published many versions of how-to.

This one we find translates the best.

"After deciding on the window treatment, install the hardware and then measure the curtains, draperies, shades or top treatments. You will be determining the FINISHED LENGTH and the WIDTH of the treatment. The finished length is measured from the top of the heading or casing to the bottom of hem. The finished width is the width of the rod plus hems, returns and overlap of draperies (if applicable). To determine the cut length and the width add the amounts needed for hems, casings, seams and matching repeats and desired fullness. For easy calculations fill in chart. (See photo below)

Note: Always use a firm yardstick or metal tape to measure; as a cloth tape measure often sags or stretchs. Measure and record all measurements for all windows separately, even if they appear to be the same size.

Special Measurement Considerations:

Allow 1/2" clearances between the bottom of drapery and the floor when measuring for full length panels. This allows clearance for cleaning and any necessary electrical cords.

Allow 1" clearance for loosely woven fabrics. This amount will provide extra margin for them to stretch slightly with out dragging on floor.

Allow 1/2" clearance for sliding glass doors; more then this amount will allow light to filter in the gap at the bottom.

Allow 2.5" clearance for carpeting if it is to be added to room at a future date.

Allow 4" to 6" drapery clearance above baseboard heaters for safety and efficiency of heater.

Underdraperies should be 1.5" shorter then the outer draperies so they do not show behind outer draperies.

Use the highest window in the room as the standard for measuring if windows are at different heights. Place all draperies at same height if ceiling allows.

DETERMINE CUT LENGTH

Measure from the top of the rod to the desired length. To this measurement, add the amount needed for hems, rod pocket, headings and vertical pattern repeat.

Lower hems.

Add double the desired hem to finished length.

Recommended for medium weight fabrics is a 4" hem (8" to be added to length)

Recommended for sheers or light weight fabrcs is a 5" to 6" hem (10"- 12"" to be added to length)

For short panels or valances the hem margin is 1" to 3" double hem.

Rod pockects and headings.

For rod measure the diameter of the rod and add .25" to 1" to diameter depending on weight of fabric, as well as .25" to 1" for turn under. Headings can vary in size from .5" to 3" this would need to be doubled based on your desired heading size.

Pattern repeats.

Prints must be matched across the width of the panel. Measure the distance between motifs and add that amount to the cut length of each panel.

DETERMINE CUT WIDTH

To the finished width, add the amount needed for seems hems and fullness.

Seams. For multi-width panels, add 1" for each seam. Panels that are not wider than the fabric do not require extra seam allowances.

Side hems. Add 4" per panel for a 1" double folded hem on each side of panel.

Fullness. Fabric weight determines fullness.

For medium weight fabrics standard is 2 to 2.5 times the finished width of curtain.

For sheers and lightweight fabrics 2.5 to 3 timesthe finished width.

Now that you have the basics, stop in and have us help you pick new fabrics for the beautiful window treatments you can now make.

Photos are copies from Singer  More Sewing For The Home
Photos are copies from Singer More Sewing For The Home

By chintznpri20223285, Mar 25 2019 03:18PM

As many of our regular customers know things are always new here.

It is Spring and the birds are chirping, the flowers are poping up and so are all the outdoor projects.

It is never too early to start the Spring cleaning and refreshing projects.

We just acquired a large shippment of new fabrics, by designer names: S Harris, Lee Jofa, Ralph Lauren to name just a few. Fabrics are mostly upholstery grades and include Mohair, Velvet, Tweeds and so much more.

We have varing sized pieces and have deeply discounted them from their retail price, just for you.

Our workroom is ramping up for the Srping projects and still has some openings to get things completed by Easter and Mother's Day. Now, wouldn't it be great to get Mom a gift certificate she can use on some of these new fabrics and the labor to make her home fresh and new again.

See you soon.

A couple of new things, just to entise you.

By chintznpri20223285, Feb 8 2019 07:23PM

Hi all:

Up for a game of hide and seek. We will make it worth your time.

We have boasted about the many TV shows and movies and how have helped the set design staff work with our fabrics to stage a room. This is so much fun. Thanks for giving us the opportunity. We can not wait for new shows.

There has been many: recently-

Amazon's- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Congratulations on all the awards, (Emmy, and SAG)

CBS- Bull- Season 2

FX Network- Fosse/Verdon coming out in April- More to come on this. In the meantime, a quick shout out to Joanne and Andy the two incredible women we have been working with for months.

and now showing.....

The Punisher (season 2) NETFLIX

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The second season of the American web television series The Punisher, which is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, revolves around Frank Castle saving a girl from being murdered, forcing him to decide if he should embrace his life as the Punisher. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films and other television series of the franchise. The season is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios and Bohemian Risk Productions, with Steven Lightfoot serving as showrunner.

Jon Bernthal stars as Frank Castle, with principal cast members Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, and Jason R. Moore returning from the first season. They are joined by Josh Stewart, Floriana Lima, and Giorgia Whigham. Former series regular Deborah Ann Woll returns in a guest capacity. A second season of The Punisher was ordered in December 2017, a month after the first season was released. The new cast members were added in February 2018. Filming began in New York City the next month and wrapped in August.

The 13-episode season was released on January 18, 2019.

The Whirlwind

Episode 13

Collision Course

Episode 12

The Abyss

Episode 11

The Dark Hearts of Men

Episode 10

Flustercluck

Episode 9

My Brother's Keeper

Episode 8

One Bad Day

Episode 7

Nakazat

Episode 6

One-Eyed Jacks

Episode 5

Scar Tissue

Episode 4

Trouble the Water

Episode 3

Fight or Flight

Episode 2

Roadhouse Blues

Episode 1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Punisher_(season_2)

So, are you up for the challenge? If you are a fan of the series, then you should be able to locate the fabrics below tell us what episode and location they were in. Binge watching is reccommended.

For every person who responds correctly, we will give you 20% off any item in store. Please e-mail or Facebook message us with your answers and we will confirm your submission. Contest will expire March 30th.

Please feel free to forward this post to anyone who will benefit from a NETFLIX and chill night, or to share the 20% discount contest in our amazing store.

Have a great night look forward to seeing your entries.

By chintznpri20223285, Jan 15 2019 05:44PM

Hi all:

I was on vacation in Huatulco, Mexico and while at the concierge desk, I was flipping through a local "gringo" magazine. -THE EYE-

This article caught my eye, as well did a recipe for "Mexican Piggie Cookies", but this one is more appropriate for our fabric store blog. However if you want recipe, just send us an e-mail. In the meantime, enjoy the article.

Welcome Back

Oops , Did your Sofa Cover Get a Bit Tatty Over the Summer? By Sheryl Novak.

" Be they snowbirds or year-rounders ex-pats, Northerners who make their homes in Huatulco can be taken aback at how hard the climate, especially the sun and salt air is on their furniture. Upholstered furniture and cushion covers can deteriorate at an alarming rate."

Until a few years ago there were just two options for sofa and sectional cover- leather or fabric.

There is now an online store that offers a different option for your ocean-front home: furniture upholstered in high preformance fabrics. (sorry not advertised in this article but you can come in to chintz-n-prints ct and we can help you locally, if in Hualtuco, look up Sheryl)

Here comes the interesting part.....

"Performance fabrics were originally created for the military, quickly caught on with sports apparel industry. These fabrics then became the material of choice for awnings, outdoor furniture and boating, and now, they have been picked up by furniture indusrty to give longer life to upholstery. In the past, a sofa might have the average life span of 5 to 8 years. With preformance fabrics, the forecast is 20 years or more. Basically, you'll get tired of the sofa, before your sofa tires you.

Sometimes referred to as smart textiles, these fabrics resist fading, repel liquids, prevent stains from dirt and oils. These textiles are also fire-retardant and prevent the growth of bacteria, fungi and mold. Although you might think they feel hard or plastic, that are soft and comfortable.

Before being woven into fabric, each individual thread is coated with nanofibers. Once woven, the entire fabric is coated again. The best part is that these easy-care preformance fabric covers are available in hundreds of great designs and styles.

To test out whether preformance fabrics can really pass muster, we did our own inhouse test. We poured red wine on a white preformance fabric and left it overnight. (We also spilled a few tears when we used up the red wine!) With high hopes, we checked the fabric in the morning and true to the hype, the red wine came right off with just one swipe of a cloth. No stain! (For those interested in seeing this experiment with your own eyes, bring over two bottles of wine and we'll show you- one for the experiment and one to drink while we wait!)

In the past few years, due to the demand for this type of textile, production has increased and the price per square meter has dropped significantly, making furniture covered with preformance fabrics more affordable. For ocean-side homes, in humid environments, there is simply no better choice then stain resistant, stylish and affordable sofa preformance fabric."

Ok, so many of you are wondering why we are posting this? Well to answer that burning question...

These fabrics are not only great for your vacation home wherever that might be (Cape cod, Nantucket, Florida, Mexico or your cabin in Maine). They are great for your home. Do you have kids ( then you have wine too), pets, kitchen/dining room chairs, an in-home office, a pool area, or even a mudroom then preformance fabrics are the way to go.

We have several suppliers that offer these types of fabric and they range in prices from $25- $100 per yard, depending on brand. (REGAL, KRAVET, ROBERT ALLEN/DURALEE, and BARROW to name a few).

And YES, we would be happy to preform the same experiment.. don't forget the wine.

Happy Drinking.. oh I mean SHOPPING.

Thanks for letting me share.

Regal _ Journey Preformance fabric
Regal _ Journey Preformance fabric
Same fabric see how water beads.  Then just wipes off.
Same fabric see how water beads. Then just wipes off.

By chintznpri20223285, Jan 3 2019 05:09PM

Resolutions....

How many of you are going to start the New Year with a list of resolutions?

1. Eat Healthier

2. Excersise more

3. Spend more time with my family and friends

4. Cut back on devise use

5. Travel more

6. STOP smoking

7. Save more money

8. What is your resloution?

Never do we ever hear this year "I am going to LOVE my house again". So, we are adding it to your resolution list. We challenge you to LOVE your house again.

Our skilled staff can help your recreate your home to LOVE it again and it will let you check off one of those resolutions that 80% of us never fulfill after February. But this one is easy.

We are even going to give you an incentive 20% off all items in store. ( Some exclusions do apply) ONE DAY only 1/7/19.

Our workroom is back from holiday and ready to take orders- one stop shopping.

So don't delay come in get ideas.

Below are pictures of items for a bedroom we recreated, starting fresh. We even aided in picking paint and carpeting from their samples to assure the room was put together perfectly, so she would LOVE it again. And she does.

By chintznpri20223285, Dec 24 2018 06:32PM

Well another year has come to a close, and we are all looking forward to an amazing 2019.

What better way to start the New Year's off right then by coming in to the store and letting us give your home a fresh look.

Time goes by so quickly, I know in my own house, my family room draperies are from 2005, 14 years, it is time for an update and I know the place I will be shopping.. You guessed it HERE, and even though I can sew my own panels, I do not have the time, so our workroom will be making them. What about YOU are there any projects you would like done but just do not have the time? We are here to help.

We are going to help YOU celebrate the New Year for one day only, January 7th, we are offering an extra 15% off all items in store. Exclusions do apply. See store for details.

Mention the Blog to get your discount. Happy Shopping and Happy New Year's!

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