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  • Lampshade pictures.

    Before and after. Completely hand sewn apart from inner and outer side seams. Troynorth trimmings and dupion silk, with fire-treated lining.

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    Re: Lampshade pictures.

    This is a truly excellent job Bluebell. I just wouldn't know where to begin, especially not with something so delicate. So glad you got your pics posted!

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    • #3
      Re: Lampshade pictures.

      I found a wonderful downloadable book on an american lady's website (gold-kiser.com) - she specialises in restoring lampshades. It wasn't expensive (under a tenner I think) and has loads of info on both stretch and panelled shades. I more or less followed her instructions. It was very hard on the hands and the end result is a much better shade than the original was - the original fabric and trims were all glued on, while I handstitched the whole thing. The only glue used was to finish off the binding ends, for security. I bled a lot as I only had normal pins and the lampshade looks like a hedgehog at times, but I've now bought myself tiny ones (bead and sequin pins) so I'm all set next time someone wants one done.

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      • #4
        Re: Lampshade pictures.

        Bluebell,

        Did it take a long time to do?

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        • #5
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          Hours. Probably about 10 to 12 hours in total, but I did it over the course of a week as there was only so long I could work before my fingers hurt too much. It takes a lot of strength to pull the silk taut enough, plus the cramped position of your hands when sewing made it quite hard to work on. Very satisfying though. I was also learning as I did it, so hopefully next time I'll be a lot quicker as I won't be having to work things out at each and every stage.

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          • #6
            Re: Lampshade pictures.

            Hi bluebell,

            just been given some lampshades to recover and reline, please could you tell me what lining you used and where you purchased it from, have googled but had no ;ucl.

            thanks
            sukhi

            ps your lampshade is fabulous! good job!
            Sukhi
            Butterfly Interiors
            Sue Rhodes Interiors

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            • #7
              Re: Lampshade pictures.

              I just used a normal dress lining (acetate) and sprayed it thoroughly with fire retardant. I then let it dry properly before attempting to use.
              Hope this helps!

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              • #8
                Re: Lampshade pictures.

                thanks bluebell x
                Sukhi
                Butterfly Interiors
                Sue Rhodes Interiors

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                • #9
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                  Excellent job, and my sympathies on the fingers!

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                  • #10
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                    I still love looking at your lampshade Bluebell, its so pretty.

                    I too make lampshades, but not very often. The cost involved is huge, bearing in mind the time it takes, and the toll on the fingers!

                    Just a tip for an alternative lining is that you can actually use a extra large slip ( the stretchy kind ladies wear as an undergarment )

                    The fabric is fire retardant and is perfect for using as the lining . I bought mine in a size 22 from Peacocks clothing store for a mere £2!

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                    • #11
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                      Tam.... what an excellent tip! I will definately remember that for next time. I agree making lampshades plays hell with your fingertips.
                      Kindest Regards

                      Penny

                      Denton Drapes

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                      • #12
                        Re: Lampshade pictures.

                        I'd really like to learn about making lampshades. Bought a book which I thought might help, but it doesn't seem to be what I'm looking for - i.e. all the panels are applied on some kind of 'stiffener' first, and I want to be able to do more like what has been posted here, and also Penny's lampshades posted somewhere.

                        Can anyone recommend a book, available in the UK, that would help?
                        Chris

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                        • #13
                          Re: Lampshade pictures.

                          The only thing I have to refer to is the instructions I was handed while on my 3 year C&G course. I will see if I can dig them out and scan them if that helps. I also have scribbled working notes that probably only I know what is written means ( anyone else make notes , read them back and think "What?")

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                          • #14
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                            Hi Flooz
                            what book did u buy ? i am wanting the lampshade lady book guide to lighting up your life
                            she has a blog and website just search the lampshade lady she is in the us but the book is on amazon
                            hope this helps
                            Lss

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                            • #15
                              Re: Lampshade pictures.

                              Thanks for your offer Tamb, I would really like to be able to get a book, mainly because sometimes I struggle to understand and have to keep going back to the instructions and pictures to help me. I'm sure there must be something available somewhere....

                              LSS - I think that's what I've got, but from what I've seen, it's individual projects based on using different materials, as opposed to instructions to cover in, say, silk, like the pictures I've seen on here.
                              Chris

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