When I was a little boy I used to be fascinated when my mom put the sewing machine on the table and laid out a new sewing pattern. You know, the ones on that special paper with all the lines and numbers in print. I liked the sewing machine and my mom even let me try it a few times. But the real thing was that paper with all those lines and numbers. I never could understand how my mom used them. Okay, after a while I noticed how they where ment to be used. But still, the lines and numbers made quite an impression. Maybe there and then was the little graphic designer in me watching.
Pattern lampshade with beautiful layered effect
So here we are, it’s 2013 and once again I’m fascinated by those patterns. And this time these vintage patterns are used in a whole different way, they are upcyled into a lamp shade. On Etsy, that great community of artists, creators, collectors, thinkers and doers, is where I stumbled upon ‘patturn‘. A shop owned by Rachel Burke in Australia, who makes these stunning looking Vintage Sewing Pattern lamps: “I’ve been asked if they are maps, shipping charts, mathematical formulas or other obscure suggestions… but no, they are actually examples of the humble sewing pattern! Although HOW anyone could actually use them to sew something is remarkable to me : ) They do however, look fabulous on lampshades. The double sided paper also adds a beautiful layered effect which is only revealed when switched on in a darkened room.”
And I do agree, the layered effect is just beautiful. When the lamp is switched off you see a great print, but when the lamp is switched on a whole new dimension comes to life. I must confess that the one that is shown at the top of this post is my favoriet. Every lampshade is decoupaged by hand, so very unique & no two are exactly alike.