Dedicated to Historic preservation and restoration of the Victorian Era and my own spin on why things are the way they are. Paul Willham, Editor & Publisher
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Victorian Design: Tassels and Tiebacks
Victorian drapes area most unique confection. Complex layers, originally designed to keep the heat in and the cold out during the Victorina Era. They created a cozy feel that many of us who design in the victorian style love. Its hard to imagine living in the typical suburban home with its white plastic windows open for all to see Fishbowl effect..
Creating that look can be expensive , however there are ways to get that grand look without breaking the bank. Timing is often everything and one of your best resources may be things you already have. Scrap fabric or even old silk scarves can be use to create tiebacks. Ribbon often sold around the holidays and especially after Chruistmas can be bought for pennies on the dollar. The same goes for tassels which are often found at the holidays. Cording can also be found cheaply as well. To add some drama consider using beads. Everyone has some Mardi Gras beads laying around.
Window treatments can be elaborate confections and Theatre on a grand scale by simply thinking out of the box. I always check the clearance areas of craft stores and Fabric shops. Even places like Big Lots and TJ Maxx often have close out tiebacks with fringe for just a few dollars that originally sold for 50-60 dollars. I keep a sealed tupperware storage box and whever I come across something I think might work in the future, I put it in there. TIP: Old vintage cameos pins can make a very effective tieback. I've also used vintage hatpins and even strands of pearls in tieback design. Reproduction tassels are now quite affordable, thanks to the import trade, but dont forget to keep an eye out for the occaisonal original. They are often highly collected but many dealers overlook them .
I have been involved in Historic Preservation and Restoration for the last 25 plus years. I am president of Victorian Antiquities & Design. I am proud to be a part of restoring the architectural history of our country.