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Bling it up!

I was recently asked to recover a traditional lampshade to go in an Art Deco living room. I just thought I’d show you some photos of how the lampshade developed, because it really did develop over time as various fringing and braiding was chosen for the design. It had been bought, along with the stand (not photographed here), from eBay, and was definitely a bit of a floral granny shade with a gold tassel trim. Nevertheless, it was a lovely shape with scalloped top and bottom rings:

granny-before

Can you see the potential?!

stripped

stripped

From here on the design was down to the client along with her Interior Designer, Kate Lovejoy. I have to admit it wasn’t my style, but I also became quite attached to the finished lampshade – especially after working hard attaching so many trims and fringing! It was also great to make something a bit different, with strict instructions to ‘bling it up’!

The body of the lampshade is made from pink herringbone tweed which I love. Here’s a shot of it pinned to one side of the lampshade frame:

pinning-pink-tweed

And so the transformation began…

Next I added purple braiding to the top ring of the lampshade (this is a good close-up of the fabric too, oh and a gilhoolie tag with matching purple ribbon added at the end):

gilhoolie tag

purple braid and gilhoolie tag

Followed by two layers of different length fringing in grey and purple:

Fringing

Double fringing

Then more purple braiding on top of the fringing and a silver sequin trim (the bling):

Sequin trim

Silver sequin trim

Finally, the finished lampshade in all it’s burlesque glory:

Complete

Ta da!

I’ll post a photo of it in-situ soon hopefully; it doesn’t really go in my conservative looking dining room does it?! I was sorry to hand it over in the end though, maybe I should think about adding a bit of bling more often…hmmmm…

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This entry was published on July 18, 2013 at 12:11 pm. It’s filed under Lampshades and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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