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Kathy's Blue and White Lamp Shade

What are you most proud of? I made this blue and white contemporary fabric lamp shade for a client named Kathy in Texas who I met through Old House Web. We both are restoring old homes. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Begin restoring a vintage metal frame lampshade by removing old trim and fabric. Wear a paper filtered mask during deconstruction and sanding the metal frame with 0000 steel wool. Spray a clear coat over the metal frame to stop rust. Wrap metal frame with 1" strips of polyester knit in areas where you want to hand-sew fabric. I like the polester knit because it allowed me to wrap tight and still have enough loft to make hand-stitches easier. My first project, I wrapped the stuts (metal frame) with biased seam tape and it was tough as nails to get the needle through the wraps. The polyester knit strips make hand-stitching easier on the fingers and joints. Have a great time recovering lampshades.

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Shoestring made Kathy's Blue and White Lamp Shade with:

  • Blue and White Printed Cotton Fabric. Blue Eyelash Braid and Pale Blue Beaded Trim.

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I made this blue and white contemporary fabric lamp shade for a client named Kathy in Texas who I met through Old House Web. We both are restoring old homes. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Begin restoring a vintage metal frame lampshade by removing old trim and fabric. Wear a paper filtered mask during deconstruction and sanding the metal frame with 0000 steel wool. Spray a clear coat over the metal frame to stop rust. Wrap metal frame with 1" strips of polyester knit in areas where you want to hand-sew fabric. I like the polester knit because it allowed me to wrap tight and still have enough loft to make hand-stitches easier. My first project, I wrapped the stuts (metal frame) with biased seam tape and it was tough as nails to get the needle through the wraps. The polyester knit strips make hand-stitching easier on the fingers and joints. Have a great time recovering lampshades.

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