Decorative Curtain Headings

Jacqueline’s decorative curtain headings fall into two main categories, gather tape heading and buckram curtain heading. Depending on fabric choices, trimming dynamics and specific design, all heading can be tailored to suit each clients and each projects specific, unique requirements.

gather tape decorative curtain headings

Drawstring or Pencil Pleat headings, one of the most popular decorative curtain headings often are made with gather tape. This is a woven tape with integral pockets for curtain hooks and a series of 2-8 cords depending on the design and/or style of your curtain. When pulled these cords gather to form thin pleats in your curtain heading.

Decorative heading. Gather tape heading. Classic pencil pleats.

Classic Pencil Pleats

Classically, soft and traditional, Pencil Pleat headings have rows of 2 to 8 cords depending on the depth and design requirements. The cords can be pulled to gather your heading into neat little pleats that stand as smart as soldiers to the desired width.

This decorative curtain heading is suitable for all types of tracks and poles.

Decorative heading. Gather tape heading. Puffball.

Puffball

Luxurious and feminine, Puffball Headings are perfect for highlighting a contrast colour and/or fabric texture as in this example for an extra little romance to a scheme. The puff can stay soft or be stuffed with net to add a little drama.

This decorative curtain heading is mostly suited to poles.

Decorative heading. Gather tape heading. Drop-over or Cottage pleats.

Drop-over or Cottage Top

Comfy and cosy the Cottage Top heading is the perfect choice for a country get-a-way as the title dictates. The drop-over cottage heading has oodles of design variation opportunities depending on the size of window and design preferences.

This decorative curtain heading is suitable for all types of tracks and poles, depending on design details.

Decorative heading. Gather tape heading. Frill heading.

Frill Heading

Similar to a cottage top, a frill is formed by setting the tape down from the top edge, however the drop is less so when gathered the heading stands up as apposed to flopping over. Very cute when used with contrast fabrics.

This decorative curtain heading is mostly suited to poles.

handmade buckram decorative curtain headings

Buckram Headings have a stiff infusible buckram strip, which is pleated and stitched by hand.

Decorative heading. Buckram heading. French pleats.

French Pleats

Double or triple French pleats, an elegant, decorative heading for controlling fullness. A luxurious, permanent gathered look. Great for busy designed face fabrics for a more tailored appearance.

This decorative curtain heading is suitable for all types of tracks and poles, depending on design details.

Decorative heading. Buckram heading. Goblet pleats.

Goblet Pleats

Lovely for something a little different, spaced at intervals each goblet is stuffed to maintain a tailored shape. A triple pleat base gives a tailored look whereas a gathered base is softer. Stuffing should be removed for cleaning.

This decorative curtain heading is suitable for all types of tracks and poles, depending on design details.

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Inverted Pleats

Neat and elegant, made with single pleats. When the curtain is stacked back the space forms a forward fold, and when drawn the heading is flat. Great to work with face fabrics that have horizontal patterns.

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Box Pleats

Smart box pleats make a flat heading which look very smart for fixed headings as they hardly stack back; also great for valances. Narrow pleats with wider spaces will stack back a small amount.