SEWN KUME CURTAIN

The easiest way to fasten together the components of a Kume curtain is using upholstery nails, thumb tacks or heavy-duty staples. As long as the staples are used only on the outer panel of the curtains which faces the window, these fasteners allow you to make an attractive curtain with little effort and in a minimum amount of time. There are, however, many other options for assembling a Kume curtain.



The one we think looks best consists in sewing the components together by passing a thick cotton thread through holes that are pre-drilled on the battens.
This technique requires more time and skill but, if that is not a problem for you, we think the end result is worth the extra effort. Nevertheless, we recommend that you first get some practice by making a conventional Kume curtain before trying your hand at a sewn Kume curtain. 

The materials used for a sewn Kume curtain are the identical to those used for a conventional curtain (see "step by step" tab). The only difference is that you have to drill holes through the battens at the points where you plan to fasten the panels to the battens.
The "checked box" thread pattern we like to use requires you to drill four holes at each fastening point. The holes are spaced 1 cm apart and drilled with a 1,5 mm diameter bit. Before drilling out the holes, we recommend that you use a template, made from a thin strip of hard plastic, to accurately mark with a pointed tool the location of each hole.

Consider the following issues when defining the location of the fastening points:

  • On the upper batten, the holes should be placed near the top edge of the batten. 
  • On the lower battens, the holes should be centered on the face of the battens.
  • On the upper batten, the spacing between the fastening points should be between 10 to 20 cm. 
  • On the lower battens, the spacing between the fastening points can be increased to double the spacing used on the upper batten. This will reduce the number of stitches that are needed to assemble the curtain and thereby save time. 

Assemble the curtain as described in the "step by step" tab.

Use staples or thumb tacks to temporarily hold the components together, but make sure you place them about 1 or 2 cm away from each set of holes. This will prevent the staples or thumb tacks from interfering with the threading of each set of holes. 



Use a needle and thick cotton thread to create a "checked box" pattern on the front panel. This is the tricky part because you can´t see the holes and therefore you need to find them by probing around with the needle. Though complicated at first, this gets easier with practice.