Lampshade re-do…

I don’t know about you but I get tired of things staying the same and recently I looked at the time and the lampshade above the clock and decided the shade could do with a little do up.

Marianne North’s work is on show in her own gallery at Kew Gardens, London. Closed at the moment of course, but once re-opened you have to go and visit! It’s an amazing building and not a scrap of wall is wasted! Let’s hope it’s open very soon.

Marianne North’s art work is slightly – actually not so slightly, taking over my home. I bought a box of 100 postcards and it was these that I decided to use to recover my lampshade.

This shade was originally made from a kit and the kit comprised of the backing material and the two lampshade rings, one is a plain ring and the other has the fitting for the lightbulb holder which was also included in the kit.

When I worked in an Arts & Crafts shop we used to instruct folk to wrap bias binding around the lampshade frames and then to stitch the lampshade fabric onto the wire frame. Today we have strong double sided tape and it’s a whole lot easier and quicker!

So I stripped my lampshade and then as I was reusing the backing I soaked away the previous paper covering.

I then peeled away the backing on a few postcards and then chopped up the cards to make a patchwork of the paintings.

Once I covered the backing sheet I stuck it all together, it’s useful to have some clothes pegs as these are great for holding everything in place. I found I quite quickly ran out of hands!.

Pegs are your friends in this project!

Well it’s done and yes I then re-did the clock – I’ll show you what I did with that next time!


Thanks for reading,
back next week,
love Rosie

About rosiesartsandcrafts

An avid arty crafty kind of person, I can never leave anything as it was intended, as you will come to see as I post my arty and crafty blogs which follow a self-imposed challenge to create something every week and blog about whatever I've done. I hope my work will inspire your own creations but please note that the text, pictures and artwork are ©rosiesartsandcrafts unless otherwise noted; all rights reserved. The content of this blog may not be copied or used without permission. Projects and layouts may not be copied for submission to contests, magazines, or other publications in any form. For questions or comments please email
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