I design and craft unique, hand stitched lamp shades for your home, office and gift giving needs.
Creating with quality fabrics, vibrant colors, beads and crystals brings me such joy and fulfillment. I love playing with the light and shadow as I design and construct each shade. I use silks and wonderfully textured materials - vintage and new.
What a lovely excuse to explore the arts, customs and patterns from different cultures!
You'll find my work in homes across the US in bed and breakfasts, cafes, offices, and grand hotels. I shipped a shade to client in Australia this year and am thrilled to have two on the set of the television drama series, "Billions."
The "Shallow Scallop" frame is one of my favorites to work with. She allows for plenty of light while providing a romantic and mysterious glow.
I've used silks and Knoa cotton, cut-away velvet and vintage netting. A recent client requested this shade in a Gothic motif for his "Edgar Allen Poe" room - that was very fun to envision and create!
In the photos below, you'll see a shallow scallop lampshade turned out in deep reds and black lace and two others done in a flower garden theme.
Please click on the "Gallery" button at the top to see more photos of these luscious shades. You can also read more about these not-so-Victorian lampshades in the BLOG section.
Vintage Bridge Lamps are harder to find but well worth the search! They make an elegant statement in any room and provide perfect lighting next to your favorite chair!
I have always enjoyed custom orders and repairs, however ... they are challenging in many ways, requiring more time and investment than my hot off the workbench, "buy it 'cuz you love it!" creations.
If you see a shade that you love and need it to match a room or reflect your personal tastes - let me know.
For local clients, I can make house calls and fabric store shopping excursions with you if needed. One hour of consultation is complementary, a fee of $25 per 30 mins additional time will be added to the final invoice.
A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required for all custom work.
One of my clients requested a lamp and shade for her "Prayer Corner" and "Morning Glory" was the result.
Morning Glory was constructed on a "Square Bridge" wire frame, lined with crepe backed satin and embellished with delicate flowers. Her outer layers of silks and vintage style netting were then accented with silk ribbon embroidery and swarovski crystals. Finally, beaded fringe of differing hues was added to reflect additional light and elegance. These not-so-Victorian lampshades can be made in larger sizes and look elegant on table and floor lamps too.
As noted, my pieces don't fit in a single category like typical Victorian lampshades. My favorite style comes from the turn of the century - early Art Nouveau and craftsman. More important than style, is the reflection of spiritual joy that I wish to reflect and share. We all can benefit from happy, joyous lighting!
"Fire and Gold" is another example of a Victorian lampshade designed for a vintage Bridge lamp.
The "Allison" frame was lined in gold satin and covered in vintage gold, cut-away velvet lace. Beaded fringe adds mystique and sparkle!
The design of this wedding gift was inspired by the "Save the Date" card that my niece sent out prior to the official invitation.
I used vintage gold silk from an Asian gentleman's wedding skirt. It has such luminous glow!
A dragon fly was outlined on to heavy crinoline, beaded with a variety of glass seed and bugle beads, then appliqued into place.
The fringe was composed of a stand of commercial beaded trim that I supplemented with dragon fly charms. A touch of color was added to the charms.
Click on the "Gallery" Button at the top to see more photos of the shades displayed below. You can read more about her in the BLOG section.
The pink shade below was constructed from the client's grandmother's gown from the 1940s. I was able to incorporate her mother's bridal headpiece on the front and the gown's buttons on the sides and back. The shade was gifted to the client's new sister-in-law as a "Welcome to the Family" surprise at her bridal shower.
When a loved one passes away, it feels fitting to find ways to remember and honor them. This is the shade I made from my father-in-law's beautiful, polished cotton shirt.
My husband designed the lamp. Displaying family treasures and heirlooms as light fixtures, keeps the memories alive. Family members feel the warmth each time they turn the lamp on and light up the room!
Should Grandma's cloisonne belt buckle and belt loops stay tucked away in a box in the back of a drawer? Or, can they be incorporated into a personalized, not-so-Victorian lamp shade and continue to light up our daily lives?
Click on the "Gallery" Button at the top to see more photos of the shades displayed below. You can also read more in the BLOG section and follow me on Facebook.
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