Tuesday, February 10, 2009

the tailored shade

My conscience was saved a workout because Spotlight don't sell lamp shade covering materials. Apparently no-one partakes in this lovely craft anymore? Anyway, I thought about my options. Look at the lovely retro lampshade created by my sister. It features retro knitting patterns, which she colour photocopied and sandwhiched between a special kind of paper which she then glued to the shade. Is that not an ingenious alternative to the traditional shade?

You'll be pleased to know that I managed to sew the tailored shade. Can I say that fitting fabric to a shade is a lot easier than pinning to a person? Anyway, I pegged it up top and bottom, used tailors chalk to mark the cut lines then sewed it together, refitted it, put on hems and added the trim. Snuggled the lot over the top and now we have a new shade. But of course I used scraps (a very good quality wool) and a vintage trim from Red Cross op shop in the village. Total cost of lamp + recovering shade = NZ $8.50 (US $4)

Tra la la la la.

PS I wish I could show you them both in situ but there's not enough light so I have to put them next to the window.

Next project: a vintage top.


  1. Groovy shades, the both of them. I have to show you my lamp that needs a new shade.

  2. I LOOOOOOOOOVE the lampbase and your shade is beautiful! Well done!

  3. Mmmm it looks so cosy and lampy. I love it.

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  4. Great work! I don't know that I could figure out how to fit a lampshade. Yours came out perfect.

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