We have got lampshade making kits available to buy both on our website and in the shop. You can book a class and come into the shop and we will show you how to make a lampshade. The class costs £27.50 for a 30cm diameter lampshade made up in your choice of fabric from the lovely selection in our Cardiff based shop.
If you are interested call us on 02920 344464 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The one in our window is made from Hemingway fabric which is based on vintage fabric designs so it is very retro looking!
The lampshade can be made for pendant use or for a table lamp and the fabric choice is all yours, you can even choose to add embellishments such as fringe or pom-pom.
For a more unique and individual lampshade you could try applique, take a look at a blog post that I did last year for my Bumble bee & Butterfly lampshade.
We have had lampshade making kits on our website for a couple of months and I wanted to use them in a more unique and unusual way than you normally would so I decided to use freehand machine embroidery to appliqué a beautiful garden scene onto a lampshade.
It was really quite easy to do, I have machine embroidered lots of cards and framed images so I didn’t feel particularly daunted by this project. If you want to give it a go I strongly recommend that you get an embroidery foot for your sewing machine. This will allow you to move the fabric about in any direction as you are sewing and gives you the “free motion”.
I would also suggest that you practise a lot before starting on a major piece of work. I chose all my fabrics and made paper templates for all my flowers, bees and butterflies and then placed them all out on my lampshade fabric. You can use a fabric glue stick to hold everything in place while you are sewing.
I used a lot of pins and I moved everything around a lot before I felt it looked right. The beauty of machine embroidery is that you can almost use the sewing machine needle as a pencil and draw with it, or even write, I often write words onto my cards etc.
Here are some examples of my other machine embroidery exploits.
This is a framed picture that I made for my sister when she got married, it’s behind glass so the image isn’t great!
I talked a bit about making machine embroidered cards in a previous post and you can read all about it here!