A Tale of Two Lampshades

Last fall I began making a fabric shade for a wire frame I came across (where? can’t remember…). It wasn’t easy. But I like this kind of challenge.

As usual, I got the bulk of the work finished in a frenzy and then got hung up on the finishing details.

My friend Sara found the perfect quirky yellow lamp base to go with it at a thrift store (she found a pair and was willing to part with one). So the unfinished shade perched jauntily on the yellow lamp for a few more months on the windowsill in my studio, taunting me to find solutions to the various problems.

In January I had an ‘aha!’ moment and finished it up. It ended up a bit of a wonky crazy-aunt-cat-lady looking shade. But I love it nonetheless.

If you wish to make yourself crazy try your hand at this style of lampshade, here are the full instructions! Download 800 kb PDF: 129twigandvine_lampshade_DIY

Photo by Roland Persson for IKEA.

Then today. A second lampshade came into view.

This new collection of IKEA shades (called LYRIK), designed by Sissa Sundling are so simple, I have to ask myself, why do I choose to make things so hard?

Yet my final lampshade is about as one-of-a-kind as you can get. Believe me, I doubt I’ll be making another one like it. But I do love it!

For the next one I’ll take some tips from Sissa and try just one kind of fabric.

Discovery of the LYRIK shade came via Poppytalk.

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. richardmcgowan
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 07:39:21

    I admire your tenacity.🙂 I think I might have given up(!)


  2. squatorclamor
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 08:09:45

    Once again you have inspired me! I have a lampshade wire form waiting to be dressed up…Yours is so beautiful, I love it!


  3. Just A Smidgen
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 10:03:57

    I love both! But yours is definitely pretty and I love it because I have a little “hippy” in my soul!


  4. nicethingsinmylife
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 15:43:47

    I love them, especially the first one. I’m so annoyed with myself I had two wire frames that I’d been keeping for ages, I couldn’t figure out what to do with them and so I got rid of them – I could kick myself now.


    • 129twigandvine
      Apr 06, 2012 @ 07:06:08

      Thanks! I seem to have quite a collection of wire frames all of the sudden. They are a little hard to store, so I can see why you got rid of them. No doubt you’ll come across another soon enough! Take care.


  5. Amy Braun
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 21:49:40

    Love the colors.


  6. Karen
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 19:57:57

    You may call it wonky but I call it great!…I love your shade. It is also nice to meet another blogger from New England.


  7. LolaLovesCraft
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 06:34:40

    Thanks for the tutorial. Great way to use up all those scrap fabrics1


  8. Broken Anonymous
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 15:13:36

    I absolutely adore both! The first would be perfect for a little cozy crafting nook and the other, perfect for a soft, romantic bedroom. Now when I go to thrift stores I’ll think twice about passing up old dingy shades with great bones!


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