Added Feb 29, 2012
This lamp is a christmas gift from an ex boyfriend – most definitely with a feel for vintage shopping. I remember recieving the wrapped gift and thinking how far the proportions of the box was with how close we were at the time ;)
The lamp shade measures 1.20m and was in a fairly good condition when I got it +10 years ago. As far as I could see, still in its original execution (fittings are still flawless). It has been in use frequently by me as well as being storaged for a couple of years. When moving flats last year it didn’t really meet my standars. Fabrics had gone rusty from the wire frame and miscoloured by glue. So I decided to spruce it up.
Once I got started, I figured it was all doable from a technical and crafty point of view. I realised it would be a matter of time, patientece and endurance. To and from I have worked it for 12 months. Just unpicking 3 hand sewed seams from the +3.50m circular spoke took me weeks! As if the shade had a soul and offered a great resistance – “Undressing me? Not that easy!”
The lining is made out of an old satin bed sheet and is constructed as a flat piece of round with a border. The cover fabric is crep de chine, made as a huge tube which I closed in one end, fixed to the centre point of the wire frame, draped around its outer circular spoke, stretched and attached in a final seam. The upper inner “wheel” was dressed with a lace which was trimmed to fit. All old seam tape was removed and 3/4 circular spokes were re-wrapped. All seams are hand sewed. A bit of fabric glue went in there as well.
I am so pleased with the result. It’s now installed and lightens up my room, looking absolutely stunning.
No need to go outside… spend the morning in dolled up in this collection of vintage style pajamas.
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