Lampshade Project

When my parents were here at Christmas, you may remember that I had to go foraging in brocantes and depot ventes (or junk shops) even more than usual, to see if I could find some clocks that needed fixing in order to keep my dad amused during his visit.  Anyway, on one of those foraging trips I got distracted by a standard lamp – as you do -which I thought might go well in my lounge.

I was very pleased with it when I got it home and it was all in full working order but, although the fabric on the lampshade was very pretty, I felt it looked a bit ‘bedroomy’ for a lounge so decided to change it.  I had just bought a  book called ‘Liberty Book of Home Sewing’ which features their fabrics and some projects to make with them – Liberty Porn, as I call it.  As luck would have it, one of the projects is for recovering a lampshade.   Much as I love their florals, I wanted something a bit different and it had to have red in it as my lounge has a bit of a red theme going on so I found some vintage Liberty fabric online which seemed just right.   The project is a bit scary as it involves tearing – yes, tearing! – the fabric into strips from selvedge to selvedge and I found that a bit nerve wracking but I had faith and it worked fine.

So now I have a cool standard lamp with a Liberty vintage design shade and a feeling of unbearable smugness and all for around 40 euros.

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  1. #1 by Anna Aicher on February 20, 2012 - 02:08

    Hi Lynn,
    Your lampshade looks very nice and you did a great job on it!!! I ordered that same book from and they sent a message to me and said it was not available any longer and I was very disappointed. Anyways, glad you got a copy and made good use of it for sure. A+

  2. #2 by Jan Marriott on February 20, 2012 - 03:21

    always love those Art Nouveau Liberty prints, they never date and are timeless

  3. #3 by wendy on February 20, 2012 - 11:58

    The lamp is such a great design and your cover turned out beautiful. I must get to London sometime and visit Liberty to see their fabrics – everybody seems to be talking out them and I feel totally mystified.

  4. #5 by Jenn on February 21, 2012 - 06:10

    Wow! A real transformation from the previous lampshade, plus your choice of fabric is more chic than the example in the book. (Which I finally got. Love that they include projects for my basic sewing level.)

  5. #6 by Houdini on February 26, 2012 - 21:01

    Love that deep red Liberty fabric – absolutely gorgeous lamp too – you certainly find some beautiful things during your foraging 😉

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