My Nan’s thimble…

When I first learnt how to make hand-stitched lampshades I was told, "You really should use a thimble - and one day you'll wonder how you managed without one". Well, I found them really uncomfortable at first; they made sewing feel really awkward. But now I fret if I can't find my Nan's old thimble... Continue Reading →

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It’s cold outside…

In fact it's so horrible and cold I haven't been out all day (which is very unlike me!) Ah well, at least this spell of hibernation means I have finally started stitching a lampshade I've been meaning to make for ages. I bought the fabric a few months ago and have just ordered some bright... Continue Reading →

A labour of love lampshade…

This lampshade was most definitely a labour of love. Now it's complete I love it, but making it wasn't an easy experience... but then the reward when I finished it was great! When you know what you're doing these hand-stitched lampshades aren't actually as difficult to make as you'd think but when you don't know... Continue Reading →

A lesson learnt…

It's been too long since my hand-stitched lampshade course and I'm only just finishing off my next project. Luckily I have some really good handouts from the course but I wish I had made another one straight away! I remembered how to do the outside fabric but really struggled with the lining, taking two attempts... Continue Reading →

It’s good to learn something new…

I had the best day yesterday on the first part of the bespoke lampshade course at Homemade London. It is being run by Angela Constantinou from Cocoon Home who is lovely; a brilliant teacher who is passionate about sewing and making lampshades. I really had no idea how traditional lampshades were made but after reading... Continue Reading →

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