About a week and a half ago, my girlfriend @AmyLouWhoSews (on instagram) asked me to tag along with her to the talented Laura Gunn’s house. Laura’s soon-to-be-released fabric collection called “Vignette” for Michael Miller Fabrics, had arrived and she was busily getting projects sewn up with the fresh stash for promotional uses. So, I grabbed some wire lampshade frames and headed over! Before you knew it, Amy and I were knee-deep in pretty and starting our next challenges using Laura’s array of textiles. It is fascinating to know that all her work starts out as paintings. Here are AmyLouWhoSews and I below in Laura’s living room.
Hanging out in Laura Gunn’s living room cutting into her fresh new fabric line called Vignette.
Once I got home I had my pretty fabrics (“Bouquet Stripe” and “Scattered Posies”) all ready to go and a vintage shade begging to be clothed in them!
They always look so naked when they start off.
Normally I put all the lining fabric on first, but this time I couldn’t wait and had to put some of the “headline” fabric on.
I get the biggest rush seeing my shades lit from behind for the first time. The fabric takes on a whole new dimension.
As I make the shades I am constantly looking ahead and imagining what kind of trim would work with it.
The trim, for me, was rather tough this time. I wanted the fabric to be the star of the show and not look too outline-y. G-Stree Fabrics left me little to pick from and Jo-Anns was closed. It’s amazing what you can think of by watching a little Project Runway! Above is a clearance Infinity Scarf for $4.97.
I fell in love with some blouses at Target. I hated the idea of paying full price for something I was going to cut up. But, I had to have the shirt on the right. Haven’t used it yet, though!
Originally I wanted to trim it with pompoms. My neighbor let me have what she had, but it was only enough to do the corners. Ultimately, I took them out and went in a different direction.
After another trip to JoAnn’s I found this box pleated trim that looked nice with the bottles on the fabric in the crisp white. I also like the “weight” it lends to the base of the shade.
Every maker needs their own label, right?
Ta-da! Doesn’t every lampshade maker drag their dry sink out into the snow with their spring time fabric to do a photo shoot against the snowy landscape???
This shade actually looks great in my daughter, Eden’s, room. I ended up trimming out the rest of the shade with a jute-like twine that blends with the green of the fabric. This allows the fabric to be the main show.
And here is the AH-mazing Laura Gunn chilling on AmyLouWhoSew’s couch with just a few of the projects that were made with her Vignette fabric. She is so nice and encouraging. Just love her!
What do you think? I can’t seem to stop making these shades. If you want to follow my process, just follow me on Instagram (I’m @WeatherKim). I like to post pics of what I am up to every step of the way (and often ask for advice!)