From Mary Corbet’s Needle & Thread, Oct 17, 2018
I’ve never made a lampshade. But I know it can be done. And better yet, I know there are books out there that can help you do it. It’s called Sewing Lampshades by Joanna Heptinstall, and it covers all the basics (and beyond) for constructing (and even designing) your own lampshades. Like any good instructional book, it starts out with all the basic supplies you’ll need to launch into your new career as a custom lampshade seamstress. (Ok, that’s said tongue-in-cheek…but hey! You never know!)
The author covers all kinds of shapes and styles of lampshades.
Now, if you were planning to create an embroidered lampshade, then any shape of shade is game for your imaginative and creative pursuits. But, particularly for the embroiderer, I liked two projects in the book especially. One is a project that repurposes a vintage embroidered linen that was past its prime into a lampshade. You can see in the photo above how part of that vintage linen is featured on a tailored lampshade.
The other project is just what I was looking for: a hand embroidered lampshade. In this case, one panel on the lampshade features a cute, juvenile image, hand stitched. Then, coordinating fabrics are used for the rest of the panels on the lampshade frame. The embroidery, of course, does not have to be juvenile. It can be as grown-up as you want it to be! It’s the concept we’re after, to see how to design and create the lampshade that will showcase your own needlework!
The book is filled with step-by-step instructions and photos for constructing lampshades, from basic designs to more elaborate designs. There are hints and tips scattered throughout, to help the newbie get through what seems like a rather complicated process, but which isn’t as complex as it seems. The instructions in the book present the process of creating lampshades in such a way that it is accessible and doable, for anyone who wants to do it.