Curtains – Interlining – the inside story!

Juliet Fishenden

At Made by the Forge we love making wrought iron curtain poles. At Natalie Canning Interiors, Natalie loves making curtains and blinds. She has become a fan of our poles and we have become a fan of her absolutely fabulous, fabrics and creations!

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We have teamed up with Natalie so that we can shed some light on the most commonly answered questions regarding all things concerning curtains. For this post Natalie focuses on interlining and sheds some light on exactly what it is and the reasons for using it. She has a wealth of experience and is the perfect person to advise us on how to get the most from our window treatments.


Interlining is an additional layer of soft, flexible fabric which is secured between your face fabric and lining.
It comes in various weights and can be made up of natural or man made fibres.

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The top answer (from Natalie’s point of view): is the difference between having luxurious, full bodied curtains that hang beautifully and having thin, listless curtains that struggle to drape in any way at all.
Interlining is also a great insulator, keeping the heat in and the cold out. It is a bit like hanging a lightweight but very warm blanket at your windows. This is the perfect solution for your window treatments if you live in an old property or a country home with draughty, single glazed windows.

In addition to all of this, interlining protects your face fabric from the sun. This is a vital requirement if you are using natural fabric silk in your curtains or blinds as the fibres will rot if exposed to the sun.

Natalie Canning offers a medium and heavy weight no shrink interlining (some interlinings shrink if exposed to even the tiniest bit of moisture). These two weights should suit most of your soft furnishings requirements.

Natalie takes great pride in designing and producing, the most beautiful and unique soft furnishings. She is always available in her Suffolk work room to discuss ideas and requirements. All of her curtains and blinds are hand made to the highest standards using traditional skills and craftsmanship. Contact Natalie on 01379 668170 or”

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Juliet Fishenden
Juliet Fishenden

Here, you’ll find a news feed straight from the forge posted by myself, Juliet, Richard’s wife and business partner. Here you will find updated product information as well as personal observations about Richard’s craft.

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