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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Monday, February 13, 2017

Gone With the Wind used Kirsch Rods in 1939 - Team Vedder Finished Ours

Yay, on February 11, I had my second half of the newly sewn Ripplefold curtains hanging on the Fascia Wood Kirsch Rod!
So very proud of Team Vedder!
Lots of research I did before finally daring to order this Fascia Wood Kirsch Rod in white, with the snap carriers already pre-installed. Also the additional length of Ripplefold snap tape, for sewing onto my existing curtains.
Already in 1907, Charles W. Kirsch founded the Kirsch Company in Sturgis, Michigan.
In 1939, Kirsch Rods were used exclusively in "Gone With the Wind."
Hah, and on July 6, 2012, I did read a blog from blogger friend Ginger, under the name of Savannah Granny: Ripplefold Curtains Tutorial, Pin It! and I have saved that link ever since... It was coming closer to home so to speak, as she lives only 2 hours away from me in the state of Georgia!
But HOW to figure out how much fabric was needed for such a Split Draw Ripplefold Drapery System?
I found this on the internet but it did not reveal much.
Ginger's tutorial was not helpful as she had a curtain in one piece...
Only on BRIMAR Hand Drawn Fabrication Chart I found my answers...
So I figured out that I had to order for 80% fullness and went ahead to place my order for the 78 inch Kirsch 2 inch Estate Fascia Wood Ripplefold Rod!
Non returnable and it is after all over $ 300...
We got ours from Designer Drapery hardware: Kirsch 2 inch Estate Wood Trend Ripplefold and it arrived by UPS on the 8th.
They also delivered the Ripplefold snap tape under item # 9003.
So off came our Rayon Cotton damask curtains with Rose pattern and I started taking the tape and everything off.
I'd bought them on March 5, 1998 from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco, California.
Still LOVE their quality in a soft cream color!
This was the inside. Don't think that with those hooks on, it would have been possible to launder them.
After sectioning the curtain with my serger, I did launder them however!
I had dry cleaned them only once and was not very happy with the result.
Now they looked like new!
The trick for preparing for those Ripplefold draperies is to measure and adjust the tape while the Rod is still on the floor, within easy reach!
Instead of reaching above your head, way up on the wall or ceiling...
For the Master Butt the distance between one snap and the next is 1 inch so you have to cut the tape and sew it together again.
You have to snap the tape on, or at least count the carriers on your rod so you know exactly where to cut off your tape.
To the right you can see how much extra I  left on for the sides of the curtain, beyond the last snap.
Left shows both centers where the Butt Master is!
My 50 year old quality scissors from Italy...
While I prepared for the sewing, the other half of Team Vedder, did hang the white Kirsch Fascia Wood Rod with the Butt Master for the left panel visible here.
You also can see the carriers with the openings where the snaps will be snapped in.
They fully rotate!
This shows the right panel's Butt Master with Ripplefold Carriers.
On the side, it got hung and this is before husband Pieter did paint the brackets.
Oh, on the ends there are also decorative wooden stoppers!
It only is a half round wooden 2 inch rod, backside is flat!
Okay, around 2:30 PM on February 10, Team Vedder's installation part was done...
Now only waiting on my sewing to snap them on!
After first neatly pressing the panels, I started sewing on the snap tape with the use of a zipper foot!
On the sides of my curtain panels, I did fold the fabric back and stitch it, as shown here.
After turning and pressing it, I now started stitching with a regular foot, the side seam of the drapery panel. 
I had pressed that too, for having a smooth stitched seam.
You can tell I've been using pink chalk... for marking the fabric.
 Now I can start putting the snap tape on at the end here. It could have been cut a bit longer but it's double and thus okay.
Just folding the tape over and stitching here the bottom part of the tape.
Of course, on the inside of the curtain!
Again, using a zipper foot which you can use left and right side.
Tada, by 8:15 PM on February 10, I made this photo with one panel hanging!
Showing you here the left outer side of this left panel, with the overlap. 
It nicely folds back, creating a perfect 'S' wave.
Kirsch Ripplefold Helpful Hints Kirsch Training video shows clearly the Master Butt, how to work the snap tape. Keep in mind that over the years those snap carriers have been improved also. In this video you needed to spin them around for finding the 'one' side in which to snap the tape.
Ours did have both sides available, so no need to worry at all! 
They come a bit hard off though but when I measured the tape at the Master Butt carrier side, I used a small screw driver for prying them open and that worked easy!
After all, you don't need to take them down for laundering every month.

How to set the folds by forming 'S' shapes in the drapery is being shown perfectly in this video: Wave Fold Drapery - How to hang for theperfect look even if this is NOT the Ripplefold snap tape being used but I learned from it!
At 2:30 PM on February 11, both panels got hung!
Okay, a 100% or even 120% would have been even better but keep in mind that I had already those curtains and that was the limit; using the fabric width I had.
Letting them dry after the moist pressing I did, and for those 'S' waves to settle a bit more, I took this photo today.
On the side on top of the cat-scratch tower, I have again a vase with Ehrlicheer daffodils that were blooming today.
So happy this is being done and it is simple and easy for taking off and back on.
The Hepplewhite shelf to the right still needs to be moved a bit away from the drapery.
This is how the Master Butt shows in the center at the right panel.
Maybe these photos might help someone in measuring and sewing such Ripplefold curtains, using a Kirsch Rod. 
A kind of a tutorial...
Pieter did fasten this cord glider to the wall, on the left side.
It's functioning well.
All in all, I'm very much satisfied and happy that this alteration project got completed and off our list of things to do!
Grateful for Pieter, that he still is able to do this!
In March these Rayon Cotton Rose draperies will celebrate their 19th Birthday at our home.

Thanks for your visit and have you been completing a project lately?

Related links:
{My French DMC Rose Filet Lace Crocheted Curtains} | previous post by me showing the Rayon Cotton Damask Rose Curtains


  1. Dearest Mariette, Your drapery project turned our beautifully. I just love the soft and even folds of the Ripplefold method. The rose fabric is such an elegant product. The woven rose design and the weight of the fabric makes for a perfect compliment to your space. I am not online too often lately but I did get your message. Thank you for mentioned me and my project. Funny thing is...my fabric was recycled from a former use in the Knox abode. I am still enjoying the drape. Hugs to you and Pieter.

    1. Dearest Ginger,
      So good to have you visit here and thanks for your time. Big hugs to you and Bob and wishing you all the best for 2017 in good health.

  2. Hello Mariette, That looks so complicated, yet it turned out beautiful, as do all your projects. I had a professional install some curtains in my apartment, but he did not do nearly as good a job.

  3. Liebe Mariette,

    das ist ein interessanter Post.

    Alles Liebe

  4. Dat is een hele onderneming maar ze hangen er mooi bij.

  5. Liebe Mariette,
    sieht wunderchön aus. Ist aber auch kompliziert.
    Einen guten Start in die neue Woche wünscht dir

  6. Beautifully it looks. It was worth the work that you put. I admire you. Regards.

  7. Dearest Mariette, you know how much I admire your skills and your good taste!!!
    Once again, I am amazed at the work you have done with these beautiful curtains!!!
    Bravo, to the Team Vedder!!!
    Many hugs!!!

  8. Dearest Mariette,

    Your drapes look beautiful and with you and Pieter both working on them -- makes for a great team and results.
    You must be very pleased. We have ordered some bifold doors for the lounge and kitchen and we are going to renovate the kitchen so exciting for us.
    Happy week dear friend

  9. Oh my dear Marietta! I read every word with interest and admiration. That is true. I admire your many abilities in every regard but certainly in this one as well. I d not have a jot of talent regarding anything of this nature but I can and do admire each and every project that friends as you for example, create and finish.

  10. Your 'new' curtains turned out very pretty, dear Mariette! I love that you saved them and gave them new life with this new curtain rod system. You and Pieter did a wonderful job installing them. I have 'Gone With the Wind' on DVD, as it is one of my very favorites. Now I will have to pay closer attention to the curtains! Interesting history about these and with such a long history, you know they are of good quality. I hope that you and Pieter have a lovely Valentine's Day! Sending hugs xo Karen

  11. hi dear mariettas .. tus cortinas quedaron realmente bellas , adore el paso a paso . No se ve nada dificil. capaz que e anime a haverlo.. gracias por compartirlo


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