I started making antique reproduction lampshades in 1980 when I saw some gorgeous shades at Tiffany Designs in North Hollywood... And then found a source for the frames. I was quickly swept up into the pleasure of creating wonderful lighting with fabrics and fringe.
Then I bagged up what was still on hand and put them away until now. This lampshade was made in the winter of 1987 when I was in the mood for bright bold color. It is not the least bit subtle - a dramatic option and glows especially in the evening. The frame is a version of the "Open Tulip".
17" wide and 12 1/2" high. The frame is wrapped with bias tape and lined with white polyester. There is extra wrapping along the bottom edge to support the beaded fringe which is directly attached. The main panels are a polyester flower print of bright primary colors alternating with smaller black velvet insets.
Everything is hand-stitched - no glue. Stitching is obvious when you look at the underside. The beaded fringe is hand-strung directly from the frame.600 strands of about 60 size 8 transparent glass seed beads in each 4 1/2 strand of black, aqua, green, yellow, orange, red and blue with alternating dark blue transparent glass tear drops at the end. The shade has considerable weight because of the beads.
I was surprised to find staining on on the underside. I have actually forgotten when this happened but I do know that I sometimes jabbed my fingers with the sharp needles and bled. I can't imagine leaving so much visible and can only surmise that the stains slowly spread out over the years. There is one other thing I must mention.
In the lining of one of the large panels is a small puncture. Again I don't know when or how this came about... It seems like a strange place to have a bit of damage, but thirty-one years can have consequences. This is only visible when looking at the underneath.I will be happy to answer any questions or provide more specific pictures. However, I will be away from the house May 11 through May 25. Thank you for your patience. The item "Vntg Dramatic Fabric Lampshade with Bold Psychedelic Rainbow Glass Beads Fringe" is in sale since Thursday, April 12, 2018.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Lamps, Lighting\Lamps\ Electric\Table Lamps". The seller is "palmsandpanthers" and is located in Carmichael, California. This item can be shipped to United States.