A Pelmet is a decorative, stiffened valance, which may be flat or have stiffened sections or fancy shapes. A pelmet is always stiffened and interlined to avoid sagging and rippling. Welting and borders are often used to accentuate the shape of the pelmet. A pelmet can be used in combination with jabots, cascades, tails, swags, or flags.
Making your own roman shade Martha Stewart Living, Volume 151 June 2006 Fabric Iron Needle and thread Disappearing-ink pen Cotton strips (shade's width plus 3/4 inch by 4 3/4 inches) 1/4-inch dowels 2-by-1-inch wooden batten (cut to width of shade) Two 2-by-3-inch swatches of fabric Staple gun Brass rings Cord lock Screw eyes Shade lift cord Cord condenser Cord tassel