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TRIMOLOGY: Custom Pelmets and Cushions

In the second installation of TRIMOLOGY, a series designed to educate and inspire, we offer an intimate look inside the studio of RedHead Interiors. Located in the village of Stow in Lincolnshire, England, Jo Slater’s workroom produces handcrafted window treatments, cushions and small upholstery projects.

Through social media, Jo shares scenes from her studio; a close look at design details that give her followers an appreciation for her skill, precision and obvious passion for the craft. Interior designer Gilly Henson regularly relies on Jo to bring her visions to life, and each of the projects featured in this post are in fact Gilly’s designs. The pair have been working together for several years, a story that may sound familiar as we know our readers treasure these designer/workroom relationships.

Recent projects, including custom pelmets and cushions, showcase construction techniques that we’re certain will inspire your applications of borders, fringes and tassels. Watch as each story unfolds, from wood frames to hand-applied trimmings, and the completed projects in their new homes.


Curved Pelmet for a Cottage Entrance Hall


Pelmet Construction

The project began with the construction of a wood frame.


Construction of Curved Pelmet


Voyage Fabric - RedHead Interiors

Fabric by Voyage was used to upholster the pelmet.


Samuel and Sons Brush Fringe and Voyage Fabric - RedHead Interiors

Gilly selected our Au Natural Brush Fringe in Pale Grey to complement the Voyage fabric.


Custom Curved Pelmet by RedHead Interiors - Samuel and Sons Trim with Voyage Fabric

The top edge of the pelmet trimmed in a coordinating 1/2″ (11mm) Au Natural Cord with Tape.


Custom Window Treatment by RedHead Interiors and Designer Gilly Henson

The finished window treatment, which includes a pelmet and shade, was installed as part of a cottage renovation.



Drapery Panels, Pelmet and Cushion from Gilly Henson’s Formal Living Room


Chrysler Embroidered Border Hand Sewn by RedHead Interiors for Gilly Henson

Our Chrysler Embroidered Border designed by Lori Weitzner pinned to the panels and ready for stitching.


Chrysler Embroidered Border Hand Stitched by RedHead Interiors for Gilly Henson

Perfect rows of hand-stitching.


Chrysler Embroidered Border - Mitered Corner on a Pelmet by RedHead Interiors for Gilly Henson

A close-up of the border’s mitered corner and hand-stitching of the trim on the pelmet.


Chrysler Embroidered Border on Custom Pelmet by RedHead Interiors for Gilly Henson

Panels and pelmet designs include a herringbone fabric from Lucan Fabrics and our Chrysler Embroidered Border.


Chrysler Embroidered Border on Window Treatement by RedHead Interiors for Gilly Henson

The completed window treatment installed in the home of designer Gilly Henson.


Skyla Beaded Ball Fringe from Samuel and Sons - By RedHead Interiors

Our Skyla Ball Beaded Fringe from the Everglades Collection designed by Lori Weitzner is pinned in place.


Cushion Construction in the Workroom of RedHead Interiors - Design by Gilly Henson

The 2″ (50mm) Pirouette Border designed by Lori Weitzner has been added, and the zipper is finished.


Pirouette Border and Skyla Beaded Ball Fringe - RedHead Interiors for Designer Gilly Henson

The completed cushions show how the layering of multiple trimmings creates a one-of-a-kind design.

Custom Pelmet for a Pre-Teen Bedroom


RedHead Interiors - Custom Pelmet in Kate Forman Fabric and Samuel and Sons Pom Pom Fringe

Fabric from Kate Forman was paired with our Dolce Pom Pom Fringe in Gumball.


Pelmet and Panels in Kate Forman Fabric with Samuel and Sons Pom Pom Fringe - RedHead Interiors for Gilly Henson


We offer our sincerest thanks to Jo Slater of RedHead Interiors and Gilly Henson Interior Design for being part of our second TRIMOLOGY post and sharing a closer look at what goes on behind the design.

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