Designing a Shibori Lampshade to Coordinate with Curtain Fabric

Creating a Coordinated Lampshade Design

Creating a new lampshade design to coordinate with an existing curtain fabric – how to do this. I will outline how I go about this in 5 steps.

  1. Here is the textile fabric by Laura Ashley from which I need to select some design elements to use in the lampshade design.
  2. I considered what shapes and patterns would translate into a successful shibori design. I know that leaves always work well and I like the small bud design seen on the fabric so I also wanted to use this. I sketched and played about with these til I knew how many I wanted to go around a drum shade 235cms deep x 18″ diameter. I tried using 6 repeats but that seemed too crowded, 4 appeared much better with interspersed dot shapes. Here is the drawing of the proposed shade. I chose the soft pink shade colour in the Laura Ashley fabric to dye the lamp to match. I knew that madder root dye would be perfect to create that colour.
  1. The design is drawn to an accurate scale so it can be transferred to the fabric with measurements and I will get the design in the right place. The design is drawn on the fabric with taylors chalk in pink same colour as the dye. When the sewing starts with a design like this it is quite complicated and I have to be sure all the areas are stitched and then drawn up tightly to resist the dye. Here is the fabric part way through sewing.
  2. The madder root dye produces this beautiful soft pink. To dye cotton fabric with madder root the textile needed to be mordanted beforehand, another part of the process to create this lampshade. Here is the completed fabric pressed and rolled and ready to go off to the specialist shade manufacturer.
  3. And here is the completed lampshade (top) hanging and illuminated in the clients home.

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