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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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?

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???

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.

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!

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!)

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Modern Vintage Lampshades by WeatherKim Weather Kim Martucci

WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN HOW TO MAKE THESE LAMPSHADES?

WANT TO SAVE 10% OFF SUPPLIES?

Read on and I’ll tell you how you can WIN A BEGINNER DVD and where to SOURCE THE SUPPLIES.

A little over ten years ago I was trolling the acres of Brimfield, in Massachusetts looking for my usual diamonds in the rough. Think of Brimfield as endless farmland with countless antique estate sale finds, just begging to hop in your car to be taken home. I came across something unusual, though – beautifully hand-sewn lampshades. They weren’t grimy or tattered, but rather over-the-top AH-mazing! I purchased one from the artist selling them and over the following year, commissioned her to make several more for me.

Here’s a look at the shade that got me hooked:

Shade Giveaway 2

Shade Collection

 

I studied them closely and tried making my own. I got the hang of it, but I had a problem: other than stumbling across vintage-style wire frames at garage sales and other “picks” across the northeast, I didn’t know where to source the wire frames. Luckily for me, I came across Mary Maxwell and her website: Victorian Lampshade Supply.

Mary has been sewing truly beautiful victorian style lampshades for 38 years and has mastered her craft. Not only does she offer the wire frames for purchase on her website, she also carries the other materials needed for the lining, seams, fabric, trim, beads, and even the lamp bases themselves! But here is the BEST PART: she has created DVD’s to help you learn how to make these one-of-a-kind shades yourself!

Here are just **some** of the lampshades Mary has made. The frames are available for purchase on her website:

Mary Maxwell's beautiful Victorian Shade Mary Maxwell's beautiful Victorian lampshade

I am a sewer who likes to make garments for my baby girl and the occasional quilt. But LAMPSHADES? I can’t stop! If you come from a quilting background, making lampshades are perfect for BUSTING into all those FAT QUARTERS you’ve been hoarding:-) If you start small (with a boudoir style lamp shade), they really don’t require that much fabric. I **do** recommend always sewing the lining fabric in (as boring as it may get) because if you don’t, you are liable to see the lightbulb outline directly through your outer fabric. The lining truly makes the light more diffuse and stops from having an ugly lightbulb appearing through your darling outer fabric.

Here are some “before” and “after” shots of the shades I made over the last 3 weeks.

Kim Martucci lampshade before

Kim Martucci cotton + steel modern vintage lampshade

Kim Martucci WeatherKim Weather Kim lampshade illuminated

WeatherKim Mini Texas O frame BEFORE

WeatherKim Martucci AFTER boudoir shade using Teagan White and Sarah Watts fabrics

The larger shade took me about 2 weeks to sew together (a few hours each night after the kiddos went to bed and 2 weekend days). The smaller shade took me about 2 days (16 hours.) I would like to point out that this process would probably go a little faster if I wasn’t a stickler for sewing on the trim. As you will see in Mary’s DVD’s (if you get one) she uses glue for that part and it looks like it saves a lot of time 🙂

So, did I provide enough eye candy for you? Are you ready to get started sewing? I HEAR YOU!! Mary is so cool. She has graciously agreed to let readers of my blog save 10% off their purchase in her store now through March 1st 2015. All you have to do at the checkout is leave “WeatherKimShades” in the comments section of the checkout and she’ll apply it to your purchase (this excludes shipping.) I encourage you to check out this link HERE and HERE and consider purchasing one of Mary’s two beginner lampshade KITS & DVD combos. The kit/dvd combo is awesome because she provides everything you need to make the shade featured in that kit for one low price. Below are the 2 kit/beginner dvd combos available:

Flower Tulip Lampshade Kit & Beginner DVD Victorian Beauty Lampshade Kit & Beginner DVD

Additionally, she has a ton of wire frames, lining fabric, trim, seem binding and other materials to help you on your way. All is located in her online shop HERE.

To top it off, Mary has graciously agreed to give one lucky winner a FREE COPY of her beginner DVD🙂 !! Not to worry, though, if you go ahead and purchase the dvd and end up winning it. She said she’ll give the winner copies of her other 2 DVDs featuring advanced techniques should you have already purchased the beginner one 🙂

HOW TO WIN A COPY of “HOW TO MAKE VICTORIAN STYLE LAMPSHADES” dvd:

  • Follow @weatherkim on Instagram (that’s me!)
  • You must follow me on Instagram to win AND you must tag 2 friends on Instagram in the comments section of the picture of my Instagram feed featuring this give away.

That picture looks like this:

WeatherKim Shades Giveaway 

  • Another way you can win is by following @WeatherKim on Instagram AND re-gramming my picture featuring the give-away with the hashtag #WeatherKimShadesGiveaway on your feed. You decide.

I’ll announce the winner on my Instagram feed sometime Monday evening February 9th. Until then, let your fingers do the walking right on over to Mary’s website and bust out that fabric stash – we’ve got some lampshades to make!

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