My machine 'Bernie' is still in for repairs but I so wanted to crack on with this project that I popped in to work on my day off.
Having just finished it around dusk the pictures aren't the best. Yes I could've waited until tomorrow, but hey! I was raring to go, as oh my goodness this fabric (Echinacea by Anna Maria Horner) is glorious! So I hopped on a bus and sat with the lovely Jemma and stitched together my panel.
We are lucky enough to have a little Victorian terraced house and the high ceilings meant I could go crazy with the largest 40cm 'Needcraft' kit from Make & Do which requires around a 130cm length panel. That's longer than the standard 112cm width cotton meaning piecing together two lengths was necessary (I must say I did rather a good job on the pattern matching for this one!). I added the minty texture print from my stash just to brighten things up a bit.
I pinked the seam and pressed it open to reduce bulk. This is something I'd reconsider next time as the pinked edge is just visible through the paler fabric when the light is on -perhaps I'd trim the seam allowance and press both to the darker side?
Next step is smoothing on the sticky plastic. Pulling the paper backing off as you go is a little fiddly but happily I managed to keep it pretty darn straight on the first attempt -Phew!
The excess fabric then gets trimmed to the edge of the plastic, then here's the clever part! The perfect seam allowance is included in the plastic which you then fold at the perforation, bend to snap free (see below) and peel off leaving the perfect fabric margin.
I roped in my other half to help with the next step as it is definitely good to have a second pair of hands if you're making a large lampshade. The hoops are first covered in super sticky double sided tape then rolled right up along the edge of the plastic.
(FYI if you switch the hoops around you can make your shade suitable for a lamp instead of a pendant -simply attach the hoop with the fixing to the underside instead of the top!)
Lastly the fabric edges are tucked in with a little tool provided for a nice neat finish.
Now as with most of my projects it's not perfect and there are aspects I would tweak next time around (I've had conversations with a few different people recently about the compulsion to point out the flaws in ones own work -maybe it's a British thing? ...or a lady thing?) but I'm so pleased with it!
My first solo lampshade :)