Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Lamp shade recover

I can see why Early American lamp shades are hard to find these days. I had fits recovering this one, but it was worth the effort.

I started by stripping the frame taking care to keep the fabric in tack as much as possible so I could use it as a pattern. Come to find out, to make the top and bottom ruffles, you take two complete fabric circles, put a cut from the edge to the center of the circle on both pieces and sew the two pieces together. This gives you twice the diameter which creates the ruffle. A wire sewn in a channel to the outside edge of the ruffle allowed you to form the finished ruffles. The rest was normal shade recovering 101.

I had an interesting adventure creating the netted and lace trim as well. I had dyed the lace trim, cut 2" strips of netting and folded it in half and stitched the lace to the netting. I then cut 2" strips of chocolate satin, made bias tape and stitched the netting and lace to it.

Total hours 43, which is why Early American lamp shades are pretty rare these days.


  1. Love your work, I used to sell lamps and shades years ago, yours is quite an art.

  2. I love these lamp shades ~ I just pick up two at a estate sale last weekend ~ I love them ~ Do you teach a class on making vintage/antique lamp shades?