|Just some of the bump cloth available|
Thursday, 11 October 2012
A window of opportunity
I think a lot about keeping warm in my old house and have packed the roof space with plenty of insulation to keep all rising heat within. Our chimneys are semi- blocked with brick lids, so no escape there, but there are still the many windows, large and single-glazed. We cannot triple glaze them and they let in a lot of cold air through the joints when the wind blows. I have good blinds that I pull down every night, shutters that I close after tea, but there is still a notable chill round them. My best solution is to re-line all the curtains with good interlining from top to toe and this makes a big difference.
When I bought huge old chateau curtains in France they were always beautifully hand sewn and interlining was de rigeur. The curtains were often far too big for their next homes and I saved all the surplus linings if they were clean and tidy. I have finished doing all my own windows and have now a tidy pile of pre-war bump cloth, as it is known in the trade, and offer it at give-away prices to anyone who can use it in any way - or could it be used for quilting? Some of it is really heavy and thick, and in panels over 10ft long,and I just hate the thought of dumping it all while I clear the decks (for my extreme old age) and I hope someone will be glad to recycle it all and keep warm. I live near Bath, Email email@example.com. to view.