Saturday, 11 March 2017

Sticky stuff and me

Popped into our local fabric shop one day last week for bias binding and saw these kits in the window and in the shop.  Something I have been thinking about doing for a while has been covering or recovering lampshades. These kits seemed a fun idea. Everything you need to complete a lampshade once you add your fabric. With a new sewing/craft desk I decided to also replace the football themed lampshade in that room to.

What's in the box? you might wonder, been a theme for the week here that question, Looks pretty basic and instructions are easy to follow. But then I realised there was a great long sheet of sticky backed PVC to be stuck onto the fabric.

This is the fabric I chose. It was this or pale pink with kitty faces on it. But I was eventually drawn to the butterflies.

And back to the sticky stuff.  Sorry for lack of working photos.  It was after 10 pm at night and had no one else to help take a photo or two. Sticky stuff and I don't tend to play together well.  I have a condition referred to as kack handedness according to adults when I was a child,  So when I realised I had to evenly stick a LONG piece of sticky backed PVC lining onto my fabric I almost tossed the box out the window after getting myself, fabric and cat almost permanently welded to this stuff.  Luckily a deep breath was just needed and told myself to pull myself together.  After all what did I expect after reading the box.

Then came the fun of covering the metal rings with double sided tape, more icky stickiness, these went a lot more smoothly luckily.  Then I got to evenly roll the sticky rings onto the prepared PVC backed fabric evenly.  The instructions say another person would be helpful here.  My view is it's the kind of joint activity that could end in divorce if the coordination together didn't go well. However I managed it on my own,  If I can do it I think most people can.

This bit of cardboard amused me, it's not exactly sturdy and I did wonder if it was a random offcut.  Turns out it was a great tool that saved me having to utilise my nails to much. the curved edges are used to help smooth and push the fabric around and under the sticky covered rings.  Took a few minutes to work out the most effective way of doing this but it went well, well kind of.

By this point it's almost 11 pm, In between the stages of making this I have sung to music I got distracted by and chatted and did a few bits online.  Was a lovely project to make. I am proud of my creation and will definitely be shopping to see if i can get some more PVC backing for light shades and renovate a few in our home.   

So for now I need to decide what else I can get up to, Possibilities are endless. 

Take care 
Jules x 

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