With so many unique buildings to look after, we know how tricky it can be to keep your home cosy warm when it’s cold outside.
This week the National Trust and Good Energy invited Lauren Guthrie, finalist of BBC2’s Great British Sewing Bee, to join us at Calke Abbey Estate in Derbyshire to film a ‘how to’ video series for creating fabulous thermal curtains.
Since appearing on the show, Lauren has been busy managing her own lovingly-restored fabric and haberdashery shop, Guthrie & Ghani, in Birmingham. The bubbly 29-year-old, from Scotland, is a self-taught sewer and now hosts regular workshops, as well as sharing new craft projects on her blog.
We spent just over two days filming Lauren as she made the triple-lined curtains for a large bay window in the dining room at Southwood House Farm holiday cottage. Several pizzas, coffee stops and laughter breaks later, we had the footage and the curtains were ready to hang.
Southwood House Farm is a quirky 18th century building with an intriguing number of unexpected doors, corridors and rooms to explore – great for curious holidaymakers, not so great for energy efficiency.
A large amount of your heating can literally go out the window, so a set of thermally lined curtains makes a huge difference. By keeping the heat indoors, it means we can reduce our energy use and save money off our bills.
We had a lot of fun filming the video and exploring Calke Abbey itself, which is developing a number of environmentally friendly schemes with the help of its ‘Green Champions’, including solar panels, LED lighting, ‘cracking compost’ and a biomass boiler.
To learn how to make your own thermal curtains and see Lauren in action, look out for the step-by-step series at our Energy and Environment web hub in January.