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Joanna Heptinstall
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i am an upholsterer, making tired chairs perfect again for lovely ladies and gentlemen. i live a handmade life. my creative outbursts usually take the form of eccentric lampshades.
i am an upholsterer, making tired chairs perfect again for lovely ladies and gentlemen. i live a handmade life. my creative outbursts usually take the form of eccentric lampshades.

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The Lampshade Book Diaries #3: Swathed pleats revisited
In  between the excitement and busy-ness of launching an upholstery school*, I have actually been
working on My Book.  Really! This most recent chapter – which will end up somewhere
near the end of the book – has been an experiment in bringing 1950s era swa...

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The Lampshade Book Diaries #2: Starting in the middle
I have decided to follow advice I once heard spouted by a grand film director who claimed that it's always a good idea to start the first day of filming with the most ambitious and crucial scene of all. Thereby you set the pace for the rest of the scenes to...

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The Lampshade Book Diaries #1: Yes! Let's do it!
  This post is the start of recording a year-long project (more or less) which is likely to be my biggest obsession of 2016. My Book. My Book (as yet otherwise untitled) is completely and utterly dedicated to my love of lampshade making. It is written for t...

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Lampshade tutorial #1: Jenny Wren (Part Two)
If my last post inspi red you r crafty soul to have a go at making your own  'Jenny Wren' shade... hooray! Your frame will now be beautifully bound and ready for covering with treasured fabric scrap s . As promised, this post explains how to do just that. M...

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Lampshade tutorial #1: Jenny Wren
It is my intention to share useful handy tips and wrinkles (as doris would say) to fellow lampshade makers, especially those still getting the hang of this most rewarding craft. The plan is to start by working step-by-step through a handmade tailored silk s...

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Lampshade Masterclass #1: The Secret of Uprighteous 70s Shades
  Along with peacock wicker chairs and macramé
hanging baskets, iconic 70s West German chimney-shaped shades are back.   The original chunky earthenware bases still crop up in charity shops and, while f ar less shades have made it through the
decades, keen ...

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update from the Shed
Two months into 2015 and the teaching of upholstery and creating lampshades for lovely ladies has taken up much time, but even so, my little grey Shed is the place i potter off to most mornings, to spend a day absorbed in chair renovations using trusty hamm...

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Upholstery Saturdays
this weekend heralded the completion of the first of the year's Upholstery Saturdays @theFarm. Upholstery Saturdays are a two-day workshop held in the old diary of my pal Em's home just across the fields. this is me and Em who'll be there to greet you... th...

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A new year a new plan (…or, planning 'me' time)
...not 'planning me time' spoken in a northern accents, but planning 'me' time, as in consciously thinking about myself every now and then. it's been an age since I visited this blog - not because I've been lost for words - but because life in the Shed got ...

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in the shed this week... bonkers cows
moooo've over tasteful cream. when a Lovely Customer comes over all brave when choosing her fabric the results always, always look fabulous this Lovely Brave Lady's ancient chair (actually i think it belonged to her fella) looked tatty, felt sad and was sor...
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