Here are some of my layered, stitched and cut paper panels ready to be made into half-shades for display and sale at the Spring Gardening Show.
I like to create more than one design in each colourway so that my display has more impact, but I find it's better not to limit the choice of colours too much as invariably the missing ones will be those that visitors are looking for in a lampshade to go with their latest decorating scheme.
However, often it's the idea that they can choose a shade 'in this design, but in that colour' that tempts people to place an order. There is something special about having an item made-to-order isn't there?
As the frames I use are handmade they all vary slightly, so the 'first fitting' is always fiddly and involves lots of little pegs.