Monday, October 31, 2011
Most of my creative energy goes into decorating my home. I want to
show you my lastest addition......
The mini-chandelier in my studio was bought more for ambiance
than lighting. But it's charm was missing when I originally had
traditional white shades on it. A bit stodgy! One night, I just took
them down and ripped off the fabric trying not to remember how much
they cost! Don't you just love doing that? Taking something
apart with complete abandonment?? Staring at their poor
little skeletal shape I proceeded to create a new attitude for
Using a cotton, gauzy fabric (which I coffee stained), I sewed a
tube which I slipped over the frame.
I did a gathering stitch around the one end as that would help make
it more evenly distributed when gluing to the frame. I'm afraid if you
didn't it would effect the attachment at the other end. Get out
the ol' trusty glue gun and have at it! Glue gathered top first
then glue the bottom.
This is the completed look. I made the tube about 4 inches
wider than the base so that would leave a full look. And I
made it taller so that I could play with the extra fabric, gluing it
to create a draped appearance. The lining fabric now has a
more vintage feel.
Now for the fun part.. and the part that takes the longest for me.
Wham!.. bam! decision making is NOT my forte! Going through my
stash of vintage, crocheted doilies I found those that draped well
and glued that over my base fabric. Final decisions made were
to use burlap.. hey! I washed it like I had read about it and it
works!! ... tulle, more of the coffee-stained lace, and I made
rosettes from silk. Embellished those with pearls (would you
expect anything else from me??!!) and rhinestones. Voila!!!!
I also made the cord cover and my back this morning is not
thanking me from the contortions I made to get it up there!
The price one pays for creativity! It was worth it!!