Monday, November 16, 2015

A New Lampshade

When I gave my dining room a new look in the summer I didn't get round to doing anything with this lampshade.

It used to be ok with the cream walls but it really didn't go with the new white or with the new chair covers.

When I was at the Knitting and Stitching show in October I saw lots of stalls selling kits to make your own lampshades but none were the right size so I did some online research and decided to reuse the original frame.  I bought some fabric locally and ordered the laminated backing and sticky tape.

The parcel that arrived was slightly larger than I was envisaging!

This weekend I set about making it.  I pulled the old cover off the frame and used it to make a template.

I cut out the laminated backing and fabric and joined them together (much more easily than I'd imagined).

Then I wound the sticky tape around the edges of the frame.

Winding the frames onto the laminated fabric was quite tricky (now I know why most of the kits sold were drum shades and not angled coolies!) but I got there eventually.  Then I had to fold the fabric over and tuck it under.  If I did it again I'd leave more fabric to turn over as some of mine is slightly short in places.

And there you have it - one new lampshade!

And I have rather a lot of laminated backing left over so if you want a new lampshade you know where to come!


Mystic Quilter said...

Good job!!!Your fabric is just lovely. If ever I get around to re-covering any of our lampshades I can refer back to your instructions!

elaine said...

Well, clever old you - that looks lovely - well done. You definitely have magic fingers.

Frances said...

Su, I am very impressed with your lampshade technique. The new lamp shade look very good against the new wall shade. Isn't it fun to discover a new skill, provided with good materials and instructions?

Over the years, I keep on discovering moment of can do that! Perhaps it's good to have such discoveries staggered in over one's own decades. We certainly wouldn't want to develope an over-sized ego, would we? Well.... xo

Jo said...

It looks fabulous. I think you must need lots of patience to tackle jobs like this, something I haven't got, but you're well rewarded for your efforts with the finished product. I love it.

Toffeeapple said...

It looks so different now, well done.

Anna said...

It looks very pretty, well done. I make lampshades and know how tricky it is!

Gina said...

It's very pretty and most professional looking