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Lined Lampshade Workshop – Saturday 17th September 2016

At our Willoughby craft room last Saturday you could hear a pin drop as all our students were concentrating so hard on getting their lined lampshades just perfect!

And here are the results – go gals! You all ‘graduated with honours’!

Check out our upcoming workshops at

You’ll have loads of fun and walk out with the most professional results.

How to Become a Visual Merchandiser: No Chintz’s Lisa Llavero Reveals the Art Behind Interior Decorating


How to Become a Visual Merchandiser: No Chintz’s Lisa Llavero Reveals How She Creates Amazing Displays with Fabrics, Cushions, Curtains & Soft Furnishings 

Imagine a career styling children’s bedroom displays, Christmas scenes, lounge room settings and more. Visual Merchandiser Lisa Llavero styles all these plus some for the No Chintz store windows, in-store displays, interior decorating photo shoots and expo stands. Here, Lisa explains the creativity, strategy and interiors knowledge required to get the gig…

It’s a dream job, being able to create amazing rooms as window displays that not only have creative impact and flair, but stop passers-by on streets and invite them in to look, try and buy the gorgeous fabrics, homewares, lightshades and other eye candy on display. But creating display rooms in small spaces that have visual impact and showcase fabrics and products is a tricky gig that requires the perfect balance of creativity, strategy, interior design knowledge and X-factor. No Chintz’s Visual Merchandiser, Lisa Llavero has all that, and a few other hidden talents. Here’s her tips…

Lisa Llavaro, No Chintz's Visual Merchandiser.

No Chintz’s Visual Merchandiser, Lisa Llavero, knows how to create magic using fabrics, soft furnishings and homewares.

Who: No Chintz Visual Merchandiser, Lisa Llavero.

Qualifications: Adv. Dip. Interior Design.

How long have you been with No Chintz?

“I started my career with No Chintz at the end of 2000. I’ve been with the company for a long time and clearly I love it!”

What does a Visual Merchandiser do?

“I create the visual displays within the three No Chintz stores – Balmain, Woollahra and Willoughby. I design and implement the schemes that go into both our window displays and in-store displays, as well as co-creating the looks at our expo stands and for interior decorating photo shoots, which appear in magazines. I also help design new craft and DIY kits, from creating quilts to lampshades, and run several of our Sewing and Craft Workshops, including how to make different cushions, Christmas wreaths, lampshades and more.”

What are your favourite fabrics?

“Contemporary florals – they are a great focal piece for an eye-catching display, and Ikats – they provide texture and colour and work well with stripes, florals and plain fabrics.”

Inspired by the florals, Lisa used the Flannel Flower to upholster these chairs and create an Australiana feel. She added three tiers of No Chintz fringing, $12.50 per meter, to tie in with the yellow in the floral fabric and add to interest to the tablecloth. Flannel Floral fabric is a part of the new Australiana Native Collection available in-store at No Chintz.

What embellishments do you love working with?

“I’m loving deep cut-fringes. They look great at the base of a blind or around the edge of a tablecloth and have an amazing effect when layered. I also love the detail that a bit of hand stitching gives to a curtain or cushion.”

What creatively inspires you?

“My inspiration for the displays usually comes from the new fabrics and products that come into the shops! I’ll often see a fabulous fabric and use it as the starting point and create the rest of the display around that piece. I’m also inspired by the seasons – summer, autumn, winter and spring. I like to use colours associated with a season as the inspiration for a display.”

What do you love most about the job?

“You can be more adventurous with window displays over time – they’re meant to capture the attention of the passer-by, so you can go for it! Also, that I’m able to have a bit of fun and work with beautiful textiles and soft furnishings.”

Tips for people wanting to become a Visual Merchandiser?

“Play with objects around your home. Group items together that complement one another and change things around whenever you feel the creative itch. Magazines are a great source of inspiration. Product shoots are always assembled by clever stylists and you can get learn a lot by looking at how they put things together.”

THE WINDOW DISPLAY: Willoughby, No Chintz

The theme: “I created a bed setting featuring our new Galapagos print fabric,” explains Lisa. “I wanted to create a sophisticated boys room in a more unique colour palette, something different from the predictable red, white and blue. I’ve used the earthy tones from the hero fabric, Galapagos, which depicts a vintage map, and I coordinated them back with No Chintz Ikats, stripes and houndstooth curtain panel featured alongside the Galapagos print. This gives it a more vintage feel.”


Is it a bedroom? Is it a window display? Yes! Lisa creates a teenage bedroom window display to showcase the latest fabric collections and old faves with a sea-nautical-travel theme. Earning its high sea stripes is the bedhead, featuring French Ticking in Storm, $52 per meter. Channel your inner adventurer with curtains in Galapagos, $160 + GST per meter, a beautifully illustrated design featuring a vintage map of Darwin’s archipelago, islands, wildlife and marine life. Get some shuteye with a lampshade in Flowers on Water in Madder, $77 per meter, and check out the quilt cover treasure featuring Mosaic in Multi, $82 per meter. A’hoy!

 Get the look with these fabrics…

THE WINDOW DISPLAY: Woollahra, No Chintz

The theme: “The focus is the Melograno fabric in taupe. It is a printed linen available on the roll, $143 per meter, which I used as a Swag Roman blind. I’ve taken the orange, pink and yellow tones in this floral to add a pop of colour to the otherwise neutral, Brooklyn sofa, $2300. Using a floral with a neutral base cloth in taupe is a great way to introduce colour to a neutral scheme. It provides a good jumping of point. The linen background relates to the sofa and the coloured print gives a reference point for the coloured cushions.”

Woollahra No Chintz Window Display

No Chintz Woollahra store window display features a bright living space featuring the Melograno fabric as a backdrop.

 Get the look with these fabrics…


Love, Miss Stitched x






See the Light! Bright ideas for Lamps

   Prints Charming Lampshades See the Light! Bright ideas for lampshades and bases

Light up your home with lampshades and bases that are a work of art. Here’s a few stellar handmade shades Miss Stitched spotted recently at the Balmain No Chintz store that can transform the look of your room in a flash…

Lampshades and bases are an affordable way to brighten up and transform your living spaces. Make them a reflection of your personality and DIY shades using feature fabrics or recycling old vases and watering can as bases. It’s a piece of art that’s practical and functional, allows you to be creative, shows off your style and has wow impact. Be inspired by these works of art made by our extremely talented No Chintz lampshade crafter using a mix of fabrics and materials for bases and shades, currently on sale at our No Chintz Balmain store. Or try your hand at making your own lampshade and come along to one of the No Chintz Lampshade Workshops for a guided class and walk out with a handmade masterpiece! Here’s a few bright ideas to excite the retinas…

Glass base lampshade

Glass blowing not your thing? Buy a great base and create a fab lampshade to steal the limelight.

Glass bases that ace it!

A stunning glass table lamp base means you can have heaps of fun with the shade. If you keep the base simple and transparent, go for a lovely sinuous shape. Curves are a lot softer and more feminine than symmetrical hard angle bases – these tend to look better in spaces with other symmetrical artworks and furniture. We used a traditional ikat, Bindi in Surf, to create the blue and white shade, which looks divine in a seaside home with its ‘message in a bottle’ style base. A newspaper print shade with a rectangular base works magic in a study, while the red glass base with red ikat print shade is super stylish and adds a warmth.

Free As A Bird. These fair feathered friends sure know how to put on a show.

Free As A Bird. These fair feathered friends sure know how to put on a show.

Natures Calling!

Missing nature and the sounds of birds chirping at dawn? Then bring them indoors, minus the wake-up call, with these birds of a feather! This vibrant green cockatoo is a visual treat and does all the talking when paired with a neutral shade. The waterbird in moss green is an elegant bedside lamp when teamed with a floral outline printed shade on a neutral cloth.

Prints Charming Lampshades

Light Bulb Moment: Revamping your home with a bright print lampshade.

Find Your Prints Charming

So what if you haven’t met your Prints Charming yet, just place one of these sleeping beauties bedside each night for sweet dreams! A structured natural wood base works a treat with a paisley print shade in complementary colours. Go big and bold with a handcrafted ceramic teal vase style base and contrasting colours that pop, or relive those swinging sixties with a reflective glass base with antiquity finish and 60s print. For a great selection of prints, see the No Chintz Designer Fabrics where you’ll find limited editions, Marimekko and more.

Go Spotty for Dotty! Polka dots are a Style Staple.

Go spotty for dotty! Polka dots are a style staple you’ll love in years to come.

Join the Dots

Once a polka dot fan, always a polka dot fan. If you’re a lover of spots, this style shade will be a lifelong keeper. Ikat Spots are beautifully hand woven by traditional weavers in the mills of India and beyond, and their jagged imperfections are all part of their beauty and charm. Emerald green spots give a nod to nature and look divine with furniture and soft furnishings rich textures. Pink pops and works as an instant fun lift to any room, and lime greens against dark wood finishes add character to and a sleekness to rooms.

Recycle Old Tins and Watering Cans into Old World Charmers.

Recycle old tins, kerosene lamps and watering cans into Old World charmers.

Grab a Tinny!

We’ve all got bits and bobs from yesteryear hanging around the house that we’re sure we’ll put to good use one day… well, today is that day. Rescue those old watering cans and kerosene lamps and breathe new light, err, life into them. Making a lampshade base is easier than you think, and totally fits with the upcycle movement. Here’s a stellar example of how you can do old world charming with a sophisticated block stripe, or quirky cool by adding a hot pink textured Hopsack shade. Check out these stripes for more great ideas: Tickings, Multi Stripes, Fine Stripes. These textured plains really pop: Barmer in Cranberry, Mahesh in Cerise, Mahesh in Scarlet, Mr Roberts in Cerise, Ribble in FuchsiaRuff in Cumquat or Paprika and Zanzibar in Musk.

See you next week

x Miss Stictched

Creative Christmas cheer

Why not do something creative with your Christmas decorations this year? We run two Christmas workshops, one for a Christmas wreath, the other for a Christmas stocking. In these two and a half hour workshops you’ll complete the project and take it home with you.
For the Christmas wreath we start with a kit with varying lengths, widths & colours of ribbon. These are then cut into lengths to tie around a fabric covered foam wreath.  The wreath ends up completely covered in ribbons and you get a quirky and colourful door decoration…
The Christmas stocking is embroidered with your choice of name a week before the class.  During the class you cut and sew the components together. The stocking is made from a plain linen which you then decorate with a range of fun and colourful crafty pieces. Your stocking will be unique and you end up with a beautiful heirloom and the know-how to make more!
Our personalised Christmas stocking workshop is on Monday the 4th of November and our Christmas wreath workshop is on Monday the 18th of November. Book by calling 02 9958 0257 or email

Lots of fun at the Fair!

Phew! That was a very busy long weekend in Melbourne. We had such a great time meeting our Melbourne customers and friends and making some new friends! There were so many talented and crafters and sewing enthusiasts out in force, it was a lot of fun to talk about projects, showcase our new craft kits and fabrics and run our workshops.

We sold out of several of our fabrics at the fair and the craft kits were a great success! We sold metres and metres of tapes and bindings…

We’re re-stocking all the kits, so if you’re interested in purchasing a kit to make a lampshade, quilt, Christmas wreath, cushion, notice board or owl doorstop, check on line or in store.

Lisa’s lampshade making workshop was fully subscribed every day with every participant leaving the workshop with a completed lampshade.

We ran out of our swatch maps by day three, so we hope that lots of you are at home studying them closely and working out your new soft furnishing schemes!

Thanks to everyone who visited our stand, it was so nice to meet you all. Don’t forget you can buy our fabrics and kits on line.







Lisa’s lampshade workshop was a huge success!


And the winner is….Image

The lucky winner of our door prize was Pauline Webster from Rowville in Victoria. Pauline won a quilt made up of No Chintz and designer fabrics. Congratulations Pauline, we hope you love the quilt as much as we do!

No Chintz at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt Fair

If you’re in Melbourne come and visit us at the 2013 Craft & Quilt Fair.

We’re selling fabric off the bolts in 25cm increments. We’ve cut also cut some extra-fat quarters from our fabric range, so you’ll find a great selection of fabrics that can be used for quilting or other crafting. Each fat-quarter or 25cm piece is big enough to make a cushion top, a really cost-effective way to put together a soft furnishings collection.

Check out our “Make and Take” workshops each day at 12 noon in the Make and Take Room 1. In the hour-long session you can make a bonded lampshade and take it home with you. At $53 + half a metre of fabric, this is a great way to learn how to make a lampshade. Book at our stand, D21.

We’re also launching some new sewing and craft recipes at the fair. These recipes give you all the instructions you need to create a project. We’ve tested all the recipes in our workroom to ensure that these projects end in success!


We’ve created our stand to look like a mini No Chintz store… We’d love to see you there!





NEW Make your own lampshade…

Over the years we’ve had lots of requests to add lampshade making to our workshops. With this is mind, No Chintz has introduced an easy-to-make lampshade kit to our already popular range of do-it-yourself projects. The kits can be purchased thought our online store or at one of our 3 retails stores.

Using one of our beautiful fabrics, you can transform any room with a bespoke lampshade you create yourself – no pegs, no glue!

The kits are available in three sizes & can be adapted to use as either a shade on top of a base or to hang as a pendant. The metal frame is suitable to use on either an Australian or European lamp fitting.


Kit prices are as follows (fabric not included):

30cm diameter x 25cm high drum shade $53.00

40cm diameter x 25cm high drum shade $59.00

45cm diameter x 25cm high drum shade $65.00


In addition, because we know that sometimes it’s easier to complete a project when you get a little help, we’ve added a lampshade making workshop to our Willoughby timetable:

Our expert crafter, Lisa Llavero, will take you through each step as well as giving you a few helpful tips to ensure you walk away with a stylish shade.  Choose from our range of No Chintz fabrics to make a 40cm diameter drum shade.

The class costs $105.00 and lasts 2-2.5 hours.


Call (02 9958 0257) or email our Willoughby store to book into a workshop:

Saturday 27th April 10.30am – 12.30pm

Saturday 18th May 10.30am – 12.30pm

Saturday 1st June 10.30am – 12.30pm

Saturday 22nd June 10.30am – 12.30pm

We can’t wait to see your fabulous creations!



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