Formal satin base Jacquard fabric with reversible pattern, historically a large floral or Renaissance pattern. Contemporary damasks are medium weight in a variety of designs. Damasks are suitable in many decorative fabric applications including Upholstery, Drapes, Accent Pillows and Beddding Ensembles, and Lampshades. Famous for its classic designs, Damask fits in with the Victorian scheme and highlights the formal look that often permeates through a Victorian setting.
A fine yarn which is twisted so tightly that it gives a pebbly or crinkled surface in woven fabrics. Crepe fabrics may be plain or satin weave and include the following types of crepes: Canton crepe (heavier with ribs), Chiffon crepe (soft finish), Crepe de Chine (sheer, limp), Crepon crepe (fine ribs), Flat crepe (smooth surface), and Plisse crepe (puckered or crinkled surface). Crepes are enjoying a renewed popularity and are currently being featured in a number of Decorator Fabric Lines. Silk like and lighter weight makes this a great choice for Victorian shades!
Lightweight cotton or blend fabric in plain, balanced weave. Yarns are slightly slubbed in both directions. Warp is usually white with a solid colored weft. Not often used on lampshades but can add an interesting texture to a multiple choice of fabrics.
From the Cashmere goat in Tibet and the Kashmir province in India. It is known for its softness as well a long wearing as fabric and when used with wool is a great Upholstery Fabric. Don’t think chashmere or other upholstery and clothing fabrics can’t be used for Victorian lampshades. On the contrary, any fabric can find a place on a Victorian lampshadde. Heavy, textured, soft, lightweight, silky, rough, or hand made fabrics all can fit in the Victorian scheme of things.
Medium weight Jacquard fabric utilizing four or more sets of thread genrally with two sets of warps and two sets of wefts. Finely woven brocatelles are formal, refined and sophisticated. The finished surface has slight relief variation according to the patterns, and may appear embroidered or puffy. Texture adds to any project and on a Victorian lampshade, this fabric gives depth. The more formal look makes this a popular fabric on our shades.
A multi-use, formal, Jacquard weave with supplemental warp or weft woven into the fabric to give an embroidered effect and often-colorful design. Many times the background weave is satin. Brocade has endless designs and with it’s beautiful textures, gives Victorian lampshades a rich look. A light to medium weight brocade works well with lighting applications. The colors, texture and designs makes this fabric a favorite!
Antque Satin: A sateen or horizontal satin drapery fabric with horizontal (weft) slubs which imitate spun shantung silk. It is typically composed of approximately 60% rayon (the face yarn fiber) and 40% acetate (the back yarn fiber). Most fabrics are one color from a selection of thousands. Occasionally the warp and weft yarns are dyed different colors to give an iridescent effect. Antique satin may also be printed. We often use this fabric as accent pieces on a Victorian shade.
• Color is the key element in coordinating fabrics. Look for a specific, closely matched color that can be the element of continuity from one fabric to all the others. This color should be very similar in temperature (cool versus warm), intensity and identity.
• If possible, a second color that also is matched or closely blended will unify multiple fabrics from different sources. Beautiful Victorian lampshades not only need color but the mix of colors that enhance their beauty!
Simple recipes, combing materials like brown paint, cinnamon, even strong black tea, can operate as dyes or stains to add a touch of authenticity to a piece of muslin or a sheet of paper. These ingredients can be used separately or combined to create an especially “grungy” or antiqued design.When applying watered-down paint or tea to paper, make sure the ink is fast to the page; recently printed pages or color printer ink tends to run slightly when painted over with another solution. Likewise, some fabric dyes or synthetic fabrics may be altered in color and texture from an extensive antiquing process.
Gold is associated with wealth and royalty and manifests itself in decor as a more mature color. Normally this is not used in a baby’s room but in a adults bedroom or other areas where it is more refined. Gold is one of the easiest color to coordinate with. A splash of gold can enhance most colors or as a main base, it gives the room a classy feel. Gold silk lights up beautifully on a Victorian lampshade. Some golds will appear almost red in appearance when the light goes on. Deep jewel tones are a classic color combination with gold.