A couple of posts ago, one of the projects I showed you was a layered lace lampshade. It is a simple no sew project and I will show you how easy it is to make it!!! Use any kind of lace, gathered or flat, and simply glue it onto a ready made shade!!
My first step was to pin the layers to the lampshade to ensure that they will be evenly spaced (or you can use a measuring tape to make equal repeats, if you prefer). The top edge of each lace layer should be concealed under the subsequent top layer.
Once I am happy with how the layers look, I make pencil markings at one of the lampshade ribs (the vertical metal bars inside the fabric). I then use the measuring tape to mark out equal markings on the other ribs. These will be the guidelines for placement of the lace.
Then, using a craft glue (I use Aleene's Fast Grab glue), and using the marked lines, glue the lace, layer by layer (note: start from the bottom up, it seems to be easier). Finish off all the layers in the same place, so you can turn that side to the back. I usually overlap the ends by about an inch, and if I think they may unravel I will use some Fray Check.
If your lace layers are a bit out of shape (like mine - I should have pressed them before!), simply spritzer some water and use your fingers to straighten them!! You're done!!
I made another lampshade, this time using a variety of crochet trims. Just pin them in a pleasing arrangement and follow the same steps. It was a bit challenging for me to turn the corners with the trim on this 4-sided lampshade, so I would suggest you starting with a round one! I love the effect you get when you turn the light on!! I apologize for the quality of the pictures, lighting today was pretty poor! If you ever try your hand at making a layered lace lampshade, please take pictures, I would love to see it!
I also finished working on a little dress form I found at GW a while back... I removed the ugly fabric and used my Bella Nonna silk petals to cover it! These are the same petals I used to cover the chandelier shades in my daughters bedroom. I simply used my glue gun and covered the entire dress form (after painting the base and arms white) , petal by petal!!!
Here in the NW things have come to a hault because of a snow storm and icy cold weather. Kids have had no school all week (and we just learned school has been cancelled again for tomorrow...), which is not good news for a late Christmas shopper like me!!!!! I was really counting on getting all my shopping done this week, but I don't think it's going to happen!! So, there has been a lot of snowmen built, a lot of Wii played and a lot of goofing around!! Including dressing up as disco Divas!!
Love your style and all your finds. I have been working on a lamp shade as well, the one with the layers of old lace is my favoriteReplyDelete
your shades our beautiful!ReplyDelete
I'm going to give your idea a try after Christmas. I'm not very good at projects, but I think I can glue! Your kids are a hoot. My kind of fun. DebbieReplyDelete
Ohhh Love the lamp shades.. when lit it is so lovely!!!!! The layered bars are my fave.. I can eat a whole pan by myself over the course of a few days!!! lol!!!ReplyDelete
Love the kiddo in the pic, what a doll!!!
Loving the scrubber decoration!ReplyDelete
Your rosepetal lamps are darling. But I have quite a few bits of lace that I think we'll now go on a lampshade~love it!
I love the shade with all different kinds of crochet on it! That one is my favorite!ReplyDelete
My grandson was out of school 2 days this week, went back today! Looks like you guys are having fun though!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
WOW WOW WOW! I need some more time to immerse myself in this yuuuummmmmmy post!ReplyDelete
As for the mags... THANK YOU!!!! We'd have to organize owr own private swap someday, uh?!?
I'll come back tomorrow to read ALL!
Hi again, Isabel!ReplyDelete
The lampshades are oh, so gorgeous!
I would like to give this a try- I found an old lampshade yesterday, and I was just wondering how to remake it!
Surely I'll keep you posted about that!
And the petal mannequin/lampshades... divine!
What pretty little lampshades! Have a wonderful holiday!ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love those layered lampshades. What a great idea. I have one lacy lampshade that I did not make and maybe I can try it myself now on another lampshade. Great blog!ReplyDelete
LOL!!! The disco get up is cracking me up!!! And the bath scrub brush on the tree is a riot!! hehehehehehehhehehehehehehe!ReplyDelete
Have a lovely Christmas, Isabel. Thank you, too, for your friendship this past year.
All the best for you and yours,
Oh, and those lampshades are gorgeous!!!!!!! Your home is fabulous! Just fab!!!ReplyDelete
We love your style and creativity and how you used the Bella Nonna Petals. In fact, we'd like to feature your blog and your work with the petals in our newsletter. What do you think?ReplyDelete
Thanks for your creative inspiration!
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