Most of the time I'm working on orders that come in from interior designers who I work with regularly, and clients that find me on Google, from all over the UK. But when I get some free time I always go back to doing something creative, like drawing or working on my machine embroidered lampshades.… Continue reading New embroidered lampshade
I thought it was about time I shared some pics on here of my new lampshade workshop. It was built in our garden over a couple of months earlier this year. You know when you think, ah it'll only take 2 weeks and then it turns into 2 or 3 months?! Well, that was partly… Continue reading My new workshop
Last week I finished working on a rather special embroidered lampshade commission for a lady in Wimbledon. The brief was to make two large drums for her daughter's bedrooms using ticking fabric that matched the roman blinds. They could be slightly different but with the same theme - Cracker the much adored family pet -… Continue reading Embroidered Lampshade Commission – Cheeky Cracker!
It's not every day I'm asked to make a lampshade for an RAF fighter pilot. It's more likely to be interior designers or curtain makers! I didn't realise Clive was an ex fighter pilot until he sent me this lovely review after receiving his new lampshade in the post: The lampshade arrived this morning, safe… Continue reading Lampshade for a jet fighter
A lot of my lampshade orders come from clients who find me on Google searches but I also have a few local Interior Designers and curtain makers that have been ordering from me since I started gilhoolie. It works really well and I love having a relationship with them (must try and grow this in… Continue reading Lampshades for Interior Designers
Who doesn't love a wedding? (I can't personally remember the last one I went to and I'm sure they have been a lot different this year)... But I'm a bit of a romantic and they make me very happy and emotional, all is good in the world and everyone is kind (sorry, very sickly). So… Continue reading Lampshades from wedding table runners
I made a note a few months ago to write a blog post once I had finished a really big lampshade order. But things have been so busy since then, I'm only just getting round to it, sorry! Some of lock down (especially the beginning when I was doing Joe Wick's workout every morning and… Continue reading Biggest lampshade order yet!
Finally, I have a shop! Okay so the 'shelves' aren't fully stocked yet but at least I have set one up, it's a start. Lock down has been a great opportunity for me to work on my own creative projects but I have been very busy with lampshades lately so that's had to take priority,… Continue reading gilhoolie has an Etsy shop!
We were incredibly lucky to have our kitchen/dining room (which is also my lampshade workshop) decorated just before lock down and I have been meaning to share it on here since then so I'm sorry it's taken so long. I adore this space. It's so light and airy but also very cosy in the winter.… Continue reading Welcome to my studio!
Lock down has certainly given me lots of time to play and get back into things that take a little time, like machine embroidery. I love combining drawing with little tiny stitches, attaching pretty fabrics as I go. I start by drawing in my sketchbook in pencil. I'm lucky to have a garden and fields… Continue reading How to – Machine Embroidery