November 2014

Well December passed in a festive whirl and now here we are in January and I’m only just catching up on all of the things were definitely going to be done before the end of 2014……including a write up on my November 30th Shade School. But first things first, it was a very Merry Christmas from Mr Bones.

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And back to Shade School…..we had a super group in the gorgeous Guthrie Ghani workshop space who chose some wonderful fabrics to make their bespoke shades.

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I was super impressed with the pattern making with this group. Here is Lorraine working on hers with a beautiful yolk coloured cotton (you can see her hand stitching below).

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 And Рyey! РSome gorgeous wools were brought to the table. Checks can be quite tricky to work with due to keeping the lines in the pattern looking straight, but Jess managed admirably!

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And here I am helping out with some pattern making. There are only 8 people in each Shade School so there is lots of one on one time to make sure everyone understands all the stages of making bespoke lampshades. Vital for going on to make more of these beauties!

shadeschool nov14dArmed with mince pies and lots of tea, the hand stitching commences…..

shadeschool nov14f new….and some super fast stitchers even started applying their trims! This, incidentally, was one of my favourite fabrics of the day. People can be unsure of using larger scale prints on small shades but i think this shows just how wonderful they can look.

shadeschool nov14g newAnd as darkness fell and the course ended, we had a group shot of a very happy bunch of Shade Schoolers with their nearly completed shades!

shadeschool nov14aWith so much handwork involved in traditional lampshade making, there is always a bit of homework to do after the course…. hand stitching in front of the fire which is no hardship. I’m waiting to receive some photos from my lovely students of these fab shades finished!

If you fancy learning something new (and being the envy of your craft and interiors friends when you have the most beautiful shade in your living room), then come along to a course! There are just two remaining in 2015 as I will then be taking a break to have my second baby girl.  Dates are Sunday 25th Jan and Saturday 7th March. You can book here. Hope to see you there!