Create beautiful period window treatments with valance designs from a turn-of-the-century magazine. These designs are appropriate for a variety of old house window styles from French windows, double hung, bay windows and casement windows.
Figure 1 valance design shows a pelmet or lambrequin
composed of a center piece and two end pieces,
shaped, joined together with cord and tassels
and provided with a pleated valance to fill in
the space between the flat pieces. The arrows
at the top indicate the distance which the
valance extends beyond the opening and it will
be seen that by drawing the ends apart or
telescoping them together the whole length may
be increased or lessened as desired.
Figure 2 valance designis composed of two pieces with a
central shield to cover the join. The two ends
indicated by the center arrows may be the width
of the shield apart or may be right together,
thus lengthening or shortening the whole pelmet.
Figure 3 shows simply a shirred valance
with a loose tape permitting the fabric to be
spread out or contracted to fit varying
Figure 4valance design is similar in principle to
Figure 2, with the exception that the outside
pieces come in front of the center piece and,
being fringed, is a little more decorative.
Figure 5valance design is composed of five pieces and,
with 6 and 8, follows the same principle as
Figures 2 and 4.
Figure 7, after the same style, is still
further augmented by soft cord festoons.
Figure 9 valance design relies for its extension feature
on the cascades which are moved toward each
other or separated to shorten or lengthen the
scheme. The tops of the cascades being sewn
solidly and backed by a piece of buckram, may be
moved out so that they just cover the end of the
Figure 10, composed of two flat
backgrounds, two festoons and two cascades, this
valance is somewhat more intricate than the others, but its
extension qualities are provided in the same
way. The festoons, while appearing to go over
the top of the lambrequin and down behind, do
not go farther beyond the edge than is necessary
to conceal their fastening.