For the two front windows of the Hall, we’re using 18th century-style, single-drawback festoons. These are made of heavy linen (for blocking any drafts in the winter), and this particular left/right pair consists of black- and linen-colored fabric, woven in an Angstadt #9 pattern:
We’ve hung ours on primitive iron rods (some purests might insist on strings, but we’re not nearly that fussy). The drawstring is simply secured unto itself using a single slip-knot, in such a manner that a slight tug on the tail end is all that’s needed to release a drawn festoon.
Note that the slip-knot is very small in diameter, positioned quite high (just under the rod and behind the panel), with just a single, straight tail, and no loops, hanging below. This is done to keep the treatment child safe.
Here’s one more view of the front Hall windows. Note that there are a number of textiles in this room of several different patterns — perhaps in some future blog post, we’ll discuss some of the more popular ones and their origins:
Finally, the end window has a tobacco cloth panel for now, simply because we didn’t have a third linen festoon of the correct color/weave, and orientation. This panel can be drawn at either lower corner, using a simple tab loop sewn into each corner. To ensure child safety, the corner tab should be looped on something that easily gives way when lightly tugged:
In the springtime, we’ll replace the heavier linen treatments with several different styles of lighter, airier panels, similar to the tobacco cloth one shown above. We’ll also install insulated roller shades on the south- and west-facing windows, to block strong sunlight and reduce solar heat gain, during the later parts of the day.