After much debate, I'll be going with a modified version of this roman shade concept :) Since i have fabric with a serious pattern, I needed a process that didn't involve creating pockets in my patterns!
Instead of using the old mini blind slats, hand sew small plastic rings to the places where the slats above have their holes. Thread the mini-blind string through the rings and tie at the bottom ring. OR glue/sew pockets using add'l liner fabric to hide slats. See PureOfFaith.blogspot.com in favorites.