Blinds arent used nearly as much as they could be, says Maureen. Dont banish them to c With so many products claiming to be environmentally friendly, its difficult to judge whats green and whats not. Thats why the ecolabel has been introduced. Wherever you see the ecolabel youll know that the product has been independently assessed and judged to be better for the environment than others in its category. So when you buy paint or varnish which has an ecolabel you can be sure that it meets the European Unions environmental award criteria relating to the efficient use of non-renewable the utility room. DINING FOR SMALL APARTMENT Roman blinds look wonderful round a bay, or behind heavy curtains at formal windows. London blinds look best at tall windows, because you get the full effect of the tails. Accurate measuring and cutting are important when making all soft furnishings, but never more so than with blinds. With a roman blind, for instance, you are making something that has to fit a particular space exactly. Theres no fabric fullness to hide errors, warned Maureen. She gave us notes on everything she demonstrated, including illustrated guidance for our practical exercise – making a sample roman or London blind. This is the moment for needle and thread. Professionals dont use tapes or kits – even the sewing machine plays second fiddle. The bottom seam needs to be sewn on the machine because it takes the strain of the cord, but side seams should always be CLOCKWISE. FROM ABOVE: the students finished samples; Velcro is stitched along the top of a blind; Celia hard at work on her measurements. sewn by hand. Stitching them on a sewing machine could throw the whole blind out of true.