Looks more like a shower cap to me!…

I can't help rummaging in charity shops lately. You never know where you might find another lampshade that's just waiting to be stripped down and restored. I've also been collecting old lampshade books from the 1970s and 1980s, which are great for tips and instructions, not to mention the photos and old library cards tucked inside, I... Continue Reading →

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Lampshade decisions…

Oh dear, another dilemma at gilhoolie! This time, what to cover my big antique lampshade in. I've been trawling the internet since I stumbled across my lovely lampshade and base in an antique shop and finally made a decision today, hooray! You know when you have an idea in your head and you just can't... Continue Reading →

Practice makes perfect…

It's been all about practicing this week. I finally stripped my old lampshade frame yesterday. I think I had been putting it off because I was worried about what I'd find and there didn't seem much point until I had chosen some fabric to recover it with. Amazingly, the horrible, faded, dusty cover came off... Continue Reading →

Inspiration at Liberty, London…

I had the best day out last Saturday in London with my husband. We started off by catching the train and sitting and chatting with a cup of tea, very civilised and bliss to have some rare, quality time on our own. We were on our way to meet some friends for drinks and dinner... 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 →

Art Deco with a twist…

It's been quite a while since I studied Interior Design and it was really good to have the chance to refresh that knowledge by putting together a sample board for a client last week. I didn't have to do this but I find it helps visualise how a scheme is going to look with the... Continue Reading →

Lovely lined Lotta lampshades…

I've been meaning to do this for ages and finally got round to it today, after much deliberation on fabrics. These lovely lampshades are lined with Lotta Jansdotter cotton fabric from her Echo collection. I made two of them and they are all for me and my hallway. So nice to make something for my... Continue Reading →

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