Talk about an ironic title. These Southerlands I speak of are two of the most generous and loving people I know. Did I mention, patient? Well they have waited over a year for their custom lampshades, and not a peep out them until they arrived. Good people with an enviable collection of beautiful Mid Century items so I must do a good job.
It all started in the summer on our annual Wilmington, NC visit, I got sidetracked by their new lamps they inherited from family and promptly set about re-wiring them, after that the shades simply would not do, with the light shining through the stains showed up.
I tried to clean them, doing my darndest to keep the shape.
I could not save them. We put them back on and they waited. The next summer I stole the shades leaving the pretty lamps naked. I did some research and aimed to acquire yet another skill. They came for a visit and I ended up wanting to spend time with them instead in my zone. They left shadeless and I had another bump in my education. I could not get the old lamp frame rings back to round no matter what I tried. I decided to order new ones. They don’t make them the like they used to so I had to factor that in to the new shade and do some very dubious math. Then I decided to change the fabric, and the tape, and finally got down to business.
Materials needed. (I purchased all of my materials from http://www.lampshop.com)
-2 lamp wire frames, one with bulb or harp holder, and one without. size depends on your shade. I used 12 inch in diameter. (tip- for your first go at this use two of the same size. It becomes much harder when top is smaller than the bottom)
-stryene shade liner (sold by the yard)
-white paper tape.
-clips (I use clothespins)
-rag for excess glue.
– tape the very springy lamp liner to work surface and trace the old lamp shade on it.
-cut using an Xacto knife (material rips easily so scissors can be disastrous)
– Tape fabric face down on clean work surface.
-lint roll to remove inevitable dog hair, so it is not permanently trapped between layers.
-lay shade liner over fabric and trace if you wish so the design or weave is straight, or wing it like me.
-slowly peel back protective layer on the stryene while firmly pressing on the fabric.
-once it is fully stuck, cut remaining fabric leaving 3/4 inch of fabric all the way around.
-pin the shade all the way around folding extra over the ring. do top and bottom.
-fold edges of fabric over and glue the seam, add a little weight on top to make it flat. (you might like me think this is a stupid step, but trust me it is important.)
-sit back and think you are really cool while this dries because it gets a bit messy from here on out.
-when seam is dry stand shade up on one end and get busy gluing, make sure you can complete each end without interruptions #The Associate
-damn lost the image, sorry.
-try to follow me. apply glue to the paper tape with brush and fold over wire and fabric to connect everything together. make sure your tape line on the outside of the shade is straight in case you don’t apply trim. do a couple of inches at a time and wipe up excess quickly. let dry.
– don’t give up!
-once you have done both ends, pat yourself on the back and decide if need to cover up any mistakes with trim 🙂
-wait another month until a gigantic box comes into your life so you can send shades to your longsuffering friends.