Monday, 11 March 2013

New Tricks!

I was shown by a very kind and most talented friend how to make a lampshade! I've wanted to learn how to do it for a while now as Id love to make one with fabric that I've embellished and embroidered. I'm thinking owls and trees and birds birds birds of course!

A lampshade....I made a lampshade! It is really quite sad how excited I am to have made something so "proper"...a real grown up thingamajig!!

Here is my first little offering...I am so very pleased with it (despite its many flaws...which are well hidden!). the fabric is quite a cheap one from Ikea but looks brilliant in its new role. I'm eager to get practicing and practicing some more until I get the hang of it. I need to make a few more for my house and my mama has asked me to make some for her house first customer hoorah!
  I'm going to have a bash at making one with sunflowers like the one I embroidered on my Mum's curtain.
 and here is the "before" pic...poor dull lamp so bright and fresh!


Do any of you crafty bloggy folk make lamps...can anyone recommend a good (and cheap) place to place the fixings online? They seem quite pricey to make unless you buy in bulk.

Thanks for reading..I'm sure no one else is really that bothered about a lampshade but.. ha ha!.. I felt the overwhelming need to share my new tricks! 

Love Dotty

and what on earth is going on with the weather...we are on a weather warning for snow again now??. 
It's dropped from 15 degrees to -1 in a couple of days... bbbrrrrrrr I'm so glad I've been slack with the gardening..I've no seedlings to worry about! :) 


  1. Its great - much prefer the new fabric!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  2. I'm most interested in your lampshade making as that is a skill I have yet to attempt and I do want to attempt it sometime. On the bucket list it is!
    The fabric you've chosen is lovely, very fresh and cheerful.
    Anne xx

  3. It's lovely, I quite fancy giving this a go as well. Very nice fabric, it really suits the base.

  4. Love your lamp shade!! I have the same fabric here! I love seeing so many different things that the same piece of fabric can you used for!!

  5. Love your lampshade, well done! :) x

  6. Thank you ladies for all your kind words...there's a lot of lamp love out there xxxxxxxx

  7. Well done you! And so you should show the world! Its lovely. Karen x Bring on the sun....:)

  8. A lovely makeover - I have made a few lampshades in my time and the only thing I can say is that the cheaper kits that you can buy on Ebay I have found not to be very good - mind you a worker always blames her tools...
    Best wishes

  9. wow - that looks amazing!

    Nikki x

    1. thank you! and hello and welcome to the blog! I'll pop round to yours later x

  10. Love!!!!!!
    What a difference, right?
    How fun!

  11. Cute lampshades, love them! Have a happy day!

  12. I was amazed to seethe Ikea fabric as I'd just bought some to add to my stash. Our Ikea here in Lazarote had it reduced and I guess it's going to be discontinued soon. I had no idea what I was going to do with it though and I think your shade is lovely.

    1. Ha! Fab! It is a gorgeous fabric..would make good cushion covers too I think. I've seen it used for kids clothes too which was lovely. I wish we had an Ikea near us, our nearest is Bristol which is over 2 hours drive away. x


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