Black Sheep Enterprises

Black Sheep Enterprises

Theatrical Stage Drapery, Stage Curtains, Stage Drapery, Theatre Draperies, Stage Fabric, Fire Retardant Fabrics, Commando Cloth, Stage Curtain Track, Projection Screens, Exhibit Hardware

10671 Lorne Street, Sun Valley, CA 91352 - phone: (818) 287-3814 - fax: (818) 818-287-3810
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Drapery Fabrication

Fullness - Is the amount of additional fabric used to create pleating in a curtain. It is usually specified as a percentage.

  • 0% or flat, no pleats, is simply the finished width of the curtain, with no additional fabric.
  • 50% full requires half as much fabric as the finished width of the curtain.
  • 100% full requires twice as much fabric as the curtain's finished width.
  • It is possible to have any percentage of fullness desired, 100% is usually the maximum for stage curtains.


  • The procedure in which fullness is accumulated and stitched to a top webbing. Two standard methods are; box and shirr.
  • Box Pleats, as the name implies; are hand formed into multi-fabric layer boxes, typically spaced 12 inches on center.
  • Shirr Pleats simply gathers the drapery material in pencil sized pleats, to the desired fullness.

Top Finish

  • 3 " Jute webbing
  • 2" curtain snap
  • Grommet with S-hook
  • Grommet with tie line
  • Pocket

Bottom Finish

  • 6" Hem on all drapery longer than 8 ft, usually with continuous fabric encased lead weight or a canvas pocket filled with jack chain.
  • Valances and borders usually 3" or 4" hem, no weight.
  • Flat drapery often has a pocket inside the hem for insertion of pipe or chain.
  • Cycloramas and scrims - Bottom flap with pocket behind.

Side Hems

  • Drapery onstage (leading edge) faceback rarely exceed one full fabric width. Offstage hems are normally 2" to 6".
  • Cycloramas and scrims require a 2" hem.