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!
The weeks are blurring into each other more and more now, that's for sure. Here in the UK we're into week 4 of lock down and some days it's hard to know what day of the week it is. Overall I'm still feeling mostly happy and incredibly grateful but I had a slight dip mid… Continue reading Covid-19 Lock Down – Week Three – Up and Down
Tapered drum lampshades have been very popular at gilhoolie lately. Either restoration of an existing lampshade (as it's hard to find a replacement of the same dimensions) or made from scratch using a template. I particularly like restoring a client's tapered drum lampshade - it's always a happy feeling when I roll it along the… Continue reading Everyone loves a tapered drum…
I have always loved Harris Tweed so was delighted when a client in Birmingham asked me to use some to make two very big and two small lampshades to fit bases they had purchased from Loaf.com. The fabric is about as thick as you'd want to go for a lampshade (you really need to consider… Continue reading Harris Tweed lampshades…