Lampshade challenge…

Lampshade making is not always easy. Mostly because they come in all shapes and sizes; not just the simple, straightforward drum shape. Sometimes a client has an existing lampshade they want recovering and sometimes they just have a frame that they want to see transformed into a beautiful light source.

[Recovering, by the way, isn’t as simple as it sounds – it involves stripping down the lampshade carefully and then using the old PVC panel to cut new PVC and recovering that in new fabric, then remaking the lampshade. It’s a great idea though if you have a lampshade you like the shape of and can’t find a replacement in the shops.]

One of my clients had seen these lampshades in India and managed to find someone to make the frames for her, which then sat in her garage for a while… until she found me 🙂 and asked me to make them into lampshades for the corner walls of her extension. She also had a pair of curtains in a sheer fabric that she wanted to use as they would let through lots of light.

It was a bit of a challenge to make them as I wasn’t sure if they were all identical so had to make each one bespoke. I’m so happy with how they turned out though – sometimes the challenging jobs are the most satisfying when you can sit back and look at what a good job you did!

There were 5 lampshades in total, all measuring 63cm tall – here is a shot of them halfway through making (the one in the middle is finished). I covered the PVC in the client’s curtain fabric first and then attached it to the frame on the curved side only, folding slightly around both edges to give a neat finish.

lampshadesBelow is a photo of 3 of the 5 lampshades all ready for collection by a very happy customer. Hooray!












This entry was published on February 4, 2016 at 2:17 pm. It’s filed under Lampshades and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Lampshade challenge…

  1. Newton Moraes on said:

    Hi Julie,

    Thank you for forwarding your blog to me. I was pleasantly surprised to read it and it brought a smile to my face. The photographs look lovely too. Just wanted to know if the last lampshade is ready? Can’t make it tomorrow or the weekend. Let me know whether next week is convenient for you, so I can pop round to collect it.

    Thanks Annette


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