FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA!
I grew up a Navy child and lived from sea to shining sea. I love the ocean and hope to move nearer to it very soon. Right now I live in the mountains and love to take photos of the sunsets. I am posting one of my ocean pictures and one of a sundog that I saw in the sky when I was up in the mountains taking pictures over the Valley. These have nothing to do with lampshades, but photography is a love of mine and I bring to it my history of color and proportion and think that this does translate well into my lampshades.
I have been a professional embroiderer and digitizer for nearly 30 years. I wrote two books on embroidery which I sell at www.HelenHart.com, my personal website. I also sell them at other sites and on Amazon.
Embroidery and digitizing require a good eye for size and proportion and color...so everything I do seems to revolve around that.
I made my first lampshade more years ago than I care to admit. New ones were pricey and I love to sew (another place where color and proportion rule) and it was not a bad first effort but I knew there was more to it.
Years went by and I started teaching and writing about professional embroidery and digitizing and so was always looking for ideas to write about where design and stitching and color played a part. I started researching lampshades and visited with a few lampshade makers.
I have learned that making lampshades is a wonderful combination of all the things I love to do. I followed my father around as a child and learned to appreciate and use tools...so I may start to make my own lamps.
I use vintage and designer fabric which I purchase in America and abroad. I love discovering a Dior or Garanti Boussac fabric and fall in love with Irish lace and German trims. I have sources in Ireland, England, Italy, France and Austria. I probably have enough supplies to carry me through to the end of my lampshade making days. I always give the history of the components when I can which, I think, makes your lampshade even more of a keepsake.
Making lampshades is, for me, a real "getaway from it all" pastime. I like them to look good inside and out which I learned from my Grandmother who said I should be able to wear anything I sew inside out...and with pride. So the ribs of the shade are covered so that the bare metal doesn't show...gives a more finished look.
I have a lot of ideas that I am going to incorporate into my lampshades. Ideas and fabric and thread and trims...and my camera...I think I am in Heaven already.
I love to make shades as mementos so if you have a dress or suit that belonged to a loved one, hidden away in a box or drawer, let Lampshade Keepsakes make a true keepsake from it...so that you can display it in your home with love...and let the light shine through.
That's what I love to do - let the light shine through no matter what I am doing.
Lampshades should be so much more than a way to shield a light bulb. Yes, they should soften and direct the light, but they should make a fashion statement in each room of your home...be a part of the decor...be an AHA! moment and a real source of joy.
I hope you will invest in some decorative shades for your home or let me design a "bespoke" keepsake for you...making the most of your light.
Winchester Virginia 22601 USA