Upcycled Lampshade

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This lovely project was brought to me by my client who had bought an vintage lampshade frame & wanted it to be updated with a dramatic fuchsia pink Harlequin fabric which matched her new curtains.  The shade would be hung above a dining table so would be seen from the underside but was not to be balloon lined as it would hide the pattern on the fabric.  A pattern was made from the frame rather than the old fabric covering.  Fabric cut on the bias to allow the fabric to be stretched tight onto the frame.  The freshly painted frame was bound with India tape at the top & bottom to allow the new shade cover to be be sewn into place.  As the underside of the lampshade would be seen from below, the India tape was covered with braid to match the braid used on the face of the shade.  I am sure it looks stunning in its new home.

New year, new colour


Pantone’s colour of 2014 is Radiant Orchid; a soft, vibrant purple.. As an early teenager I was allowed to decorate my bedroom as I wished & I chose lilac paint for three of the walls & a very dark moody purple for the other wall…not to everyone’s taste I admit & I would’nt want to live with it now but I loved that room & have fond memories of it, especially as it was a creation of my own.  From the softest lilac to the deepest shade, purple can be a great accent colour for cushions, tiebacks & lampshades.  So if you want to add one burst of colour to enliven & update your neutral scheme why not consider purple or one of the other lovely shades above which are so on trend for the new year.

Fabulous inspirational day…

One of my professional highlights of 2013 was when I was invited to spent an evening & the following day in the company of 50+ fellow professional curtain makers at the beautiful Redbourne Hall, home of Merrick & Day. We were treated to a fabulous day of great hospitality & inspirational guest speakers with demonstrations by the talented Rebecca Day.

We were awed by Bert Chapman MBE whose company holds the Royal Warrant.  He spoke about the restoration of Windsor Castle following the fire & showed us a selection of fascinating sketches, technical drawings, bespoke fabrics & gorgeous passementerie.  It was an honour to have this opportunity to meet Mr Chapman who has such fascinating & long experience at the pinnacle of our industry.

My thanks go to the MyDecozo team, Catherine Merrick & Rebecca Day as well as their welcoming Directors & staff at Merrick & Day, Bert Chapman MBE, Wendy Shorter for informing us of the opportunities through Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers & the many others who made it such a success.

I can’t wait for the next MyDecozo meeting!

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Rebecca Day demonstrating swags