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From: MaryW
Date: 02-02-2007, 02:41 PM (1 of 3)
I was sent this today. If anyone can give advice, please post it here. Thanks.

love your website and read it often, but wish I had more time to sew. I do, however, have a question regarding fabric in home decorating. My husband and I are moving and want to do something really special in our bedroom. We often visit historical homes and many have or had silk fabric on their walls. Do you happen to know what is a modern and effective way to attach silk to one wall in a bedroom? I think it would be a wonderful alternative to paint and quite elegant to boot. Can you help me?
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From: esrun3
Date: 02-02-2007, 11:04 PM (2 of 3)
One way I've seen this done is to make panels-cover some masonite panels with the fabric and attach to the walls-easy to do and easy to change.

I have also seen fabric applied to walls using liquid starch-saturate in the starch, wring out and apply like wall paper-will stick when it dries. Peels off easily if you want to change it. TEST IT FIRST.....I've not seen it done with silk, only cottons so don't know if that way would work.

You could also staple the fabric to the wall at the top, sides and bottom and cover the staples with a cording that is hot glued on.
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From: paroper
Date: 02-05-2007, 08:15 AM (3 of 3)
My friend used starch to apply dark print cotton to her walls. At the sides and top she applied satin ribbon...very pretty and the light effect in the room was very nice.

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