About the crushed velvet strips of fabric I mentioned in my headband post.
Here’s a lamp that originally had smoky plastic panels inserted in each of the sections desperately needed a makeover, or recycling, or something. A friend tried unsuccessfully to sell the lamp at the flea market and when it didn’t sell he didn’t want to mess with it anymore. It was headed for the dumpster but I offered to take it instead.
My friend Dianna and I have been on the hunt for a lampshade frame with vertical spokes for this project. She came up with a lampshade, and I scored the lamp.
I love what Dianna ended up with. I can see it in a girl’s room, or a guest room with lots a calico and quilts.
She took the project to work on during an eight-hour drive to go fishing down Mexico way.
She didn’t have a lamp to install it on so she placed it over another lamp to photograph. Here’s how it looks when lit. She first wrapped all the spokes with fabric and then she started wrapping, weaving and tying fabric strips from top to bottom. She let the tails of the fabric flare out where ever they ended.
She sent me these pictures from Texas and I was so inspired I decided it was time to make over my lamp.
And as much as I LOVE the calico look, I didn’t think it would work for the brass lamp I have and then I spied the crumple of yards of crushed velvet a the foot of my bed. I just brought it home and hadn’t yet found a home for it, so on Saturday morning, there on the bed, I started tearing strips of velvet.
That’s when I found the downside to using crushed velvet. It sheds. There was a pinkish cloud all over me, the bed, the dogs, a cat, and the floor. Next time I’ll take this project outside to tear into strips, but since I’d already made a mess, I soldiered on. After I shook the fuzz off my sheets and jeans it was easy to sweep off my bare floors.
Then I started tying. There were holes in the top of the lamp where the plastic panes were attached. I took the top of the lamp off and tied a knot in the end of a strip of fabric as an anchor, and inserted one in each hole. Then I reattached the top the lamp and started weaving the fabric around the lamp. I looped it around each spoke and continued to the next.
Originally I thought I might leave the tied ends exposed like Dianna did, but soon realized it would look lumpy with the heavy fabric. Instead, I hand tacked—using just two or three stitches—the strips together when I need to. I used pearl cotton embroidery thread No 5, because it was handy and turned out very easy to work with.
I was very excited about the scallops at the bottom of the shade, but alas, I couldn’t figure out a way to show them. I wrapped them with fabric and as I kept weaving they were soon covered up.
When all the brass was covered I tacked the ends of each strip in place.
The bottom looked a little lacking and I found a length of beads to hang from below. I stitched them into place.
I braided three strips of fabric together and stitched the braid into place around the top and bottom.
I like the way it turned out but I do admit it has a sort of brothel-look about it. I can see it in a powder room or on a bedside table. Put it on a small desk to brighten up a cozy reading nook.
What do you think?