Monday, 19 March 2012

Granny chic in a lampshade...and the Granny Chic Queen herself

Thought I'd share with you the workshop I went on yesterday at the studio of Louise Presley of Hope and Elvis. Some of you will know that I like to go to these workshops for inspiration and to learn new skills. This one was lamp shade making and given the price of lampshades I decided it might be a worthwhile investment.

We were to be shown how to make one of the little conical shades and a drum shade. (But not before I'd had my usual browse round Louise's studio). We were able to choose our fabric or paper from Louise's wonderful stash but I had taken some barkcloth with me. We actually deconstructed a standard Wilko's lamp shade as these are apparently cheaper than buying the bits and pieces you need from a craft supplier. And then we reconstructed with our choice of fabric. So why did it take all day you ask. Lots of precision cutting and concentration required . This was hard as I was sitting with Two Bones and a Bagle and we had plenty to chat about!

In the end I was quite pleased with my efforts. The tall one was made from part of my stash - a chaise longue loose cover made from barkcloth and painstakingly taken apart. The trim was another bit of something I'd had for years which seemed to just be perfect for a bit of granny chic in a lampshade.

It wasn't until I'd finished that I looked at what other folk had done and I loved these two paper ones - one a comic covered one with a red ribbon hiding the centre fold and the other a vintage sewing pattern bonda webbed onto the plasticised inner sheet which is what makes them fireproof

Louise has just published her new batch of summer courses so if you fancy treating yourself have a look at her website. I'm thrilled to say that I have managed to get on one of the Dottie Angel and Ted and Agnes days! Yes ladies Dottie Angel is coming over to old Blighty for a touch no doubt of grannifying goodness. If anyone wants to help me decorate the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square so that from there she can preach the joys of delectable doilies, shiny clogs and pesky gnomes let me know! Alternatively if you have also been lucky please comment me! (I should add that this particular workshop course sold out in a matter of minutes).

I'm hoping this makes sense to at least some of you! Those who follow Dottie Angel will understand - others may be completely mystified for which I apologise.

Note to self - must get sewing machine serviced and get some practice in.

Love Wend


  1. I love your bark cloth lamp shade, it looks fantastic. The course certainly looks like it was great fun. Have a great week.
    Jo xx

  2. They look great Wendy - well done!

  3. Looks like a fantastic day, such beautiful lampshades! Yes I got on the Dottie Angel day too, jiggetty jig!! I'm on the Saturday, might see you then!
    Sally x

  4. What a wonderful post...truly great lampshades, i would like to do one of those workshops.....and how fantastic for you to actually get on a 'dottie angel' so brilliant, you will have so much fun, just wish she was coming a bit nearer my way, but looking very much to seeing what you create with her.....i do love a bit of dottie angel. ;)

  5. Hi Wendy it was great fun wasn't it. Wish I had bought some supplies now as I keep wondering around the house thinking about lighting possibilities. It was good to meet up again and have a natter. Hope to see you soon. So glad you got a place on Dottie Angel I am sure it will be peachy.

  6. What a great day out Wend and a unique way of using up lots of fabric or paper pieces. I love the idea of using the sewing patterns (especially as I have lots!) . Was it just bonded on the original shade? That bit about the fire stuff got me confused. Did you have to buy that as an extra? Doubt I've got the time to make one but hope to see more of yours soon!!

  7. How lovely, I'm trying to recover a lampshade at the moment....I could do with this corse.

    1. You did really well - they look fab. I wouldn't know where to start. It must be quite difficult and fiddly? xC