|Select and prep frame, I always spray paint mine to blend with the lining fabric.|
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
If you still have the lampshade frame for your lamp save it, this is the perfect pairing. Also, even if the fabric is falling apart on the shade, save it too, it helps in drafting the pattern for the new shade. From here just select your fabric and voila! Up cycling at its best!
Thankfully, the fabric on this shade was in great condition to draft a pattern! I always say, just when you think you have done every shade possible, a new challenge arises. Case in point, a spiral cone. If I didn't have the pattern for this one, well, I just don't know. This shade was truly a challenge!
Friday, March 9, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
I first started to think about this when I was planning flower beds for our landscape clients, they would choose their flowers, but where do we plant them? Some like to plant in a very organized way, block style, masses of one color here and another mass of color there. Then there is the client who prefers more of a cottage style, all mixed up. Certainly two unique approaches to how do you like your colors.
So this started me thinking about the quilts I am drawn to.....the quilts that really catch my eye are all mixed up, the more mixed up the better!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Anyway, its that time of the year now, gardening season in suburban Chicago! August through January is pretty busy for lampshades when everyone is thinking about getting back indoors and focusing on the inside. As soon as March comes its back outside! So before I get all of the clients yards ready for Spring I do mine first. It is truly an all day workout, so you really have to start with shorter workdays and build up to 8 hours to get in shape. This year is going to be a little more difficult, I had broken my wrist at the end of last years season. So after surgery and rehab it has been 6 months since I last worked outside! Whew!
Anyway, this was my first week back and I am almost done prepping for new mulch in the beds. I have raked the leaves, cut back the remaining grasses and my favorite part spade edging! Why you ask? Its just something about the immediate gratification of that new, clean edge! Call me crazy, but I really enjoy it!
Now its off to the Flower and Garden Show!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I chose a strip piecing method used in quilting to design my fabric. First, lay out the hankys side by side matching like sizes, this will make sewing easier. Next, sew them together overlapping sides to reveal scallop or lace edges. Sew 6 or 8 in a row, then onto the next 6 or 8, continue until you have enough for the number of aprons you would like. Now, depending on the size of the hankies, cut this row of sewn hankies into strips. My strips are 2 3/4" wide, they can certainly vary though, it will just add more interest! So, now the fun part! Repiece these strips, mix it up.....lots of movement going on now! The seams were finished with a feather stitch and the scallop and lace edges on the sides. So dang CUTE! I used the leftover strips to finish off some of the bottom edges and some to make the waistband. Insert bias tape ribbon through the waistband and voila!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
The shades above are all from the gorgeous 7gypsies collections, Lille, Conservatory and Venice. The 2 in the background have been featherstitched together, and the 2 in the foreground are solid panels.
Since I didn't use an adhesive styrene because I wanted to see the other side of the double sided paper, I needed to try to make the paper a bit more sturdy. So I decided to use what I would use when making a botanical shade. I placed usiki silk over the paper and then applied a layer of usiki glue. I achieved my goal and a surprise! The affect of the silk and glue gives it the most incredible vintage feel! I was thrilled!
To complete the shades I used a variety of interesting trims, tree trunk wrap, crocheted hemp and Tim Holtz Traveler Tissue Tape.
See you soon,