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The nature of the linen fabric

The nature of the linen fabric

Linen is one of the most ancient plants harvested by man, the same as wheat.

7000 years ago linen was a luxury fabric in Egypt, and a lot of people wanted to have linen as a substitute for the fabric that was widespread before – wool. Linen was a luxury and expensive material, and only rich people could afford clothes made of linen.

 

Flax plant harvested

 

Linen is made of fibers sourced from the stems of the flax plant that is grown in cooler climates throughout the world. Long traditions of harvesting flax and producing the linen have France, Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine.

 Flax plant treatment

 

3HLinen uses linen made of flax plant harvested by farmers' cooperatives in Northern France and Belgium.

 Linen fiber

Same as all other natural fabrics linen shrinks during the first wash. This happens due to the nature of the manufacturing process: the fibers are stretched during it. And when you wash the linen for the first time – fibers relax and take their natural form. That is why shrinkage of 3-4 % is a fact that should be considered.

Flax fibre collected

Mounting the roman shades

Mounting the roman shades

One of the big questions when specifying Roman shades for a room is whether to mount them inside or outside the window frames. Sometimes there is not enough space within a window frame to hold a shade, which makes the decision easy. Otherwise, here are some tips to help to make the decision:

  • Mount the shades outside If the frames are not attractive
  • If you wish to add a sense of height to the space – you may put the roller of the shade higher than the window frame
  • If the frames are beautiful and the architecture classic, with decorative moldings – inside-mount is the best choice
  • Inside-mounted is a perfect choice when you have a deep window sill, giving a resting space for the plants, books or matching pillow shams

Tape Top Curtains

Tape Top Curtains

What questions to ask yourselves before purchasing the tape top curtains?

You normally would need a curtain with a tape, if: 

  • You have the ceiling track with gliders
  • You have a rod but wish the curtains to move as easy as possible, using the rod rings

The tapes allow to make the look of the heading different: from the classic pencil pleat to modern dutch pleated and a lot of others.

Here are some questions you shall definitely check before ordering your curtain:

  • Do I want to cover the rod (track) ?
  • And if the answer is Yes – this is important to tell to your seamstress about that. We normally sew the tape a bit lower in case we see that there is such a request from your side.
  • What fullness of the curtain I need?
  • Each type of the tape has its own fullness, for example S-fold comes usually with X1.5 times fullness, pinch pleat – with X2 times fullness. Though other options are available – please message us with your custom request.
  • Do I need a double track/rod (two track set)? 

If you wish more dramatic look, and would like to create layering effect, then double rod will allow you to hang sheer curtain first and then a regular curtain on top to block out light.

Basic guide to your curtains Part 2

Will my curtains be seen through?

When choosing the curtains – ask yourself these questions:

# 1 Do I need privacy from the neighbors?

If the answer is Yes, then we recommend staying with cotton lined or blackout lined curtains.

# 2 Would I still like to see what is behind the curtains in my garden/yard etc.?

If the answer is Yes, we recommend choosing sheers.

# 3 Do I need to darken the room from the streetlights at night or from the daylight during the day?

In this case we recommend blackout lined linen curtains. We offer partial darkening, as well as total darkening options. 

Sheer curtains

Sheer curtains have the density of 85 gsm and this is the most seen through linen we have. Available in white, off-white, natural and blue colors. They are often combined with more heavy weight panels that are drawn at night. Double rod will allow to hand both sheer panels and heavy weight drapes.

Cotton lined panels

We usually recommend cotton lining to increase privacy of the curtains. The linen is sheer and at night with the lights inside the room the shapes will be seen. Unless the curtains are additionally lined. The cotton we use for lining is 100% cotton of a white color.

Blackout curtains

If you answered Yes for the Question #3 – then blackout lining for the curtains will be better option.

Our blackout is 100% polyester fabric, and you may choose darkening level you need: from 80%  to  100% darkening.

Tips: to increase room darkening – choose rod pocket or back tabs for the top.

If you have a curtain track - choose one of the tape top curtains we offer.

Plain tabs or ties are less recommended for blackout curtains as they will allow the light coming from outside through the top of the curtain.

Think about adding more width and length to protect the light coming from the sides and from the bottom. Curved curtain rod could be also a possible solution.

Does blackout protect from the heat/cold?

We offer linen curtains lined with thermal lining. The lining features insulating properties, so it protects the room from overheating, as well as keeps warm air inside the room when protection from the cold weather is needed.

 

 

 

How to measure for curtains

How to measure for curtains

What to start with

Let’s measure the width 

To get started with ordering your linen curtains, you need to measure the space (window or the door) where you will hang them: 

  • Measure the window from the left side to the right side. Add 8” (20 cm) since the rods (or tracks) are usually a little bit wider than the window space.  
  • If you already have the rod (the track) – just measure it with the tape. 
  • Now we need to add fullness to the curtains. The basic rule recommends to X1.5 the width of the window to allow a little gathering.  

Example: My rod is 50” wide. So, my curtains shall be 50*1,5 = 75” wide. 

  • And do not forget to divide it into 2 curtain panels if you wish two panels per window. 

Our curtains are sold individually. Please choose 2 in quantity while placing the order. 

Let’s measure the drop 

  • Measure the drop of your curtain. Mostly curtains are measured from the top of the rod till the bottom of the curtain (see the sketch “How to measure” on the page of the curtain you wish to order) 

- If I wish little puddling - how much should I add to the curtain drop?

We recommend adding 3” (7 cm) to the drop to create little puddling.