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Diy Linen Lantern Lamp

27 May

You will need:

  • Linen fabric. We used Ada & Ina’s Lotta White and oatmeal 100% Linen fabrics.
  • The lamp cage & lamp cord
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Sewing supplies

For this tutorial we used the old Ikea Orgel lamp. If you don’t have this old Ikea lamp it’s ok to use any other lamp frame if available. Start by removing the paper around the lamp cage and clean them thoroughlyMeasure the circumference of the frame, prepare your fabric and cut to size.Dimensions of the fabric 84cm width and height about 65cm.  This includes the seam allowance. You can regulate the  height measure according to how tall you want your lamp to be. Turn the seam on the upper edge, pin in place and sew.

Repeat the same for long side seam, except don’t hem it or it will look too thick, just sew 1 cm away from the edge. Don’t need to finish the other edge. You will end up with a tube.

Fit the fabric on top of the frame and pin in place. Sew the fabric by hand onto the frame in four points. This should be enough to keep the fabric in place. We don’t want it  to look too finished.

From the unfinished edge measure about 20cm up and mark the point. Take the same color thread (length 50cm) as your fabric and with long stitches sew it around entire fabric starting from the place you measured and marked. With the thread in place pull and the the fabric will crinkle. Finish the thread securely so that the smocking will stay in place.

 

Feel free to share this project!

Just remember to link back to us: www.linenfabrics.co.uk/linen-aspirations

 

By Soile Makkonen

How to care for linen fabrics

13 May

Here we have put together a few pointers to how to take care of your linen fabrics and to get them remain in good condition for longer. If you would like further advice please contact us!

Linen washing instructions:

  • Always follow the instructions included in the product.
  • Linen products are usually washed separately from other laundry.
  • Fill the washing machine only half full.
  • The linen product should also irrigated in lukewarm water before washing, as it reduces washing wrinkles from forming.
  • Check the lint filter before and after washing.
  • Washing temperature of 40 and 60 degrees.

The detergent according to the washing temperature:

60 degrees: white laundry detergent, bleached linen

40 degrees: colored laundry detergent, natural colored linen and linen terry.

Lots of water and the slow rhythm during washing to reduce wrinkling and shedding.

Linen fabric care instructions (after washing):

  • Straighten the linen fabric immediately after washing and hang to dry.
  • Avoid using a tumble dryer. It consumes natural fabrics.
  • Mangle or iron linen fabric when it’s moist.
  • Washing and ironing straight linen shrinks about 7%
  • Store linen products straight or rolled , as the linen fiber is fragile, which brakes easily if folded in long term storage.

 

New Linen Curtain Fabrics from Ada & Ina

13 Jan
Linen Curtains Fabrics from Ada & Ina

Linen Curtains Fabrics from Ada & Ina – now online new fabrics

 

 

Happy New Year 2014 for Everyone from Ada & Ina. Ada & Ina will be introducing many new and exciting curtain fabrics this year. We have just added  some of these new designs to our online store. The focus will be of course on curtain fabrics – we want to bring some contemporary linen curtain fabrics to the market. Simple prints with bold designs – however the designs are still easy to match with the other patterned fabrics. All prints have been printed on 100% linen or linen cotton union. Natural color linen union is also suitable for upholstery. In February we will be adding 10 new colors to our popular Bertil Range. Our fabrics are first-rate quality and very reasonably priced. This means you can save hundreds of pounds in big upholstery projects and you still enjoy the luxurious feel of natural fiber fabrics. You can order your 5 free samples from our website www.linenfabrics.co.uk.