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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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What a difference a trim makes

By Jane Warren, Apr 14 2016 04:06PM

Making a lampshade by hand takes time - first you have to prep the frame itself, then bind it, then stretch and sew your outer fabric onto the frame, and then drop in a lining and hand sew that in to position too. But these carefully hand sewn stitiches will show along the top and base rings, and need to be covered. Usually the top ring's stitches are covered with some bias binding that you make yourself - and this both hides the stitches and also looks in place as it matches.

But what about the base ring? Although you can buy cheaply these days a whole variety of trims, to my mind they can look cheap too. So you have spent hours sewing and making your masterpiece and you are going to add a cheap silky fringe? well why not make your own? they are cheap too because the chances are you are using your face fabric, or buying some quality ribbon which isnt expensive either. And making trims by hand is satisfying, interesting and you are making something truly bespoke too. When you come to a class to learn how to make the traditional lampshade style, you will also be taught how to make these wonderful trims. As you can see from the image here, the different trims give your (int his case, plain) shade totally different looks! come and learn how to create these at one of my classes!

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