dreamsicle linen & silk lampshade tied w/ a bow

April 28th, 2009 in member junk     
TroyRash TroyRash, member
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dreamsicle linen lampshade
dreamsicle linen lampshade

dreamsicle linen lampshade

I knew when I saw the frame to this lampshade what I wanted to do. It just kind of spoke to me. The frame was just that, a frame, bare and a bit rusty.

I scrubbed off the rust and wrapped cotton binding tape around the areas of framework where I would end up sewing the shade fabric. I did this so the threads would have something to grab as I sewed the fabric to the frame by hand.

Since I did not have the original covering to use as a pattern, my original idea was all the more attractive to me. This is really quite easy and only sounds difficult.

First I lined the shade. To line shades I always use plain natural cotton muslin fabric. It is easy to use, reasonably priced and very forgiving. Over the years I have made patterns for lining shades and it was really just a matter of choosing the correct pattern. You would not have to line the shade, I only lined it because I knew I would end up selling this and wanted that professional appearance.


To cover the outside of the frame, I basically made a tube of fabric equal in circumference to the base of the shade and only 1 1/2 times as tall as the shade. I used a wonderful faded orange linen I had. Once sewn together it ended up looking much like an open ended pillow case. I sewed the bottom of the tube to the frame, taking my time to gather the fabric slightly as it was a bit wider than the base of the shade. Once the bottom was sewn in place, I took the seam area and pulled it around the top of the shade until I had made a 1/2 revolution around the shade. This I pinned in place. I continued pulling and twisting and turning until I had pinned and pulled and pleated the 'tube' around the frame, creating a twisted covering.

Once everything was pinned in place and I was happy with the look, I sewed everything in place by hand. Then I trimmed off any excess.

I removed the pins and then made the bow. I backed the bow with a creamy off white silk. This I tied in a large and dramatic fashion. I stretched the 'tails' of the bow across the opposite sides at the top and bottom of the shade and pinned and sewed them in place. I then glued the knot of the bow from the inside, so it wouldn't come undone. I like the look of placing the bow 'against' the flow of the pleats, but you could go with the flow if you like.

The final step was the trim, which was just strips of pressed linen fabric glued in place around the top and bottom of the shade.

To finish off the shade with a touch of whimsy, I added a string collection of seashells and found trinkets.

Pattern or design used: My own design
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Comments (9)

MakinItHappen writes: I just now saw this for the first time. Wow, your stuff knocks me out. To say you have a flair for fabric is an understatement. I love it all! Posted: 12:11 pm on January 18th
ClassyLadyJen writes: That is so beautiful and elegant. Very nice. Posted: 12:00 pm on June 3rd
Aleyann writes: How very nice..good job! You prove a person can take a piece of fabric and twist it into something gorgeous! Can't wait to see more of your creative work. Posted: 6:51 pm on May 3rd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Any project with "dreamsicle" in the title, has to be good!
Beautiful work.
Candy Posted: 5:58 am on April 30th
shabbychick writes: This shade is beautiful, with a little whimsy. Just very sweet - very nice job, Troy!

Thanks for sharing! Kathy Posted: 9:50 pm on April 29th
fellowjunker writes: Troy,
I had a feeling this was your signature style before I opened the post and I was right!!! This is gorgeous!!! You are amazing.
xojanis Posted: 1:18 pm on April 29th
alicemom writes: another great job!
alice Posted: 7:13 pm on April 28th
monakent writes: Absolutely lovely Troy. The color is perfect, the design is so de-LIGHT-ful, and the detail is just plain fun! You have such a way with your designs. It's like "high fashion" meets "vintage." I love your work and always look for more. gailmarie, bfa Posted: 5:55 pm on April 28th
junktiqueboutique writes: Very pretty. Good job Posted: 5:53 pm on April 28th
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