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My name is Jane Warren and I love interiors - especially how they are lit up and enhanced by lovely lampshades. I make shades and teach you how to as well, so sign up and learn how to make them in your own choice of fabric.

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Making large lampshades

By Jane Warren, Oct 19 2016 06:29PM

These days one of the most popular drum lampshades are the really large pendant shades - made to be a huge feature in the centre of the room. Either placed low over dining tables or kitchen island units or just to be in the middle of the living room, they are startling by their size and really give the message - wow! often they are made with quite a plain fabric outside but have a wonderful colourful print inside, after all that is what you will be looking up into - and who wants to look up in to a large white space! but sometimes we want to make a shade with a lovely fabric outside too.

The problem? the wdiths of most traditional fabrics are printed to a width of 137cm. And the largest circumference measurement that will stretch around? = a 40 cm drum - a rather modest 45cm drum needs 143cm of fabric. Now while a 40cm drum looks fabulous on a standard lamp, if you want to have a big statement shade in your living room, that isn't that big. And you can make shades with diameters of up to 100cm! so in these cases, widths of fabric will need to be joined together to ensure there is enough to go around your large shade.

Without doubt the best place to position this join is right opposite the main seam. There is a quick technique that will enable you to do this and I have the perfect handout! please contact me if you wish to have a copy!

60cm drum shade made by me for a show home - a true statement!
60cm drum shade made by me for a show home - a true statement!
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