At Lake's Lampshades, her shop in southern Vermont, Judy Lake turns out charming, one-of-a-kind lampshades for every room in the house. Making one requires little more than a favorite fabric, a wire frame, styrene panels, and some basic craft supplies. To make one of Judy's beautiful shades as an afternoon project, follow these simple instructions.
- 4" x 7" x 7" square bell frame
- 5/8" gros-grain ribbon
- 1/2 yard fabric
- pressure-sensitive styrene
- pressure-sensitive cloth tape
- wooden clothespins
- wide ribbon to hold panels as they dry
- quick glue with squeeze bottle
- ultrafine Sharpie
STEP 1: Trace 1 panel of frame onto styrene; cut out. Use it to cut out 3 more.
STEP 2: Remove backing from styrene; press onto wrong side of fabric. Cut out.
STEP 3: Clip panels to frame; trim to fit.
STEP 4: Working on 1 section of frame at a time, run a light bead of glue around it; clip panel to it.
STEP 5: Tuck one end of the wide ribbon into a clothespin at the bottom of the shade, wrap the ribbon around the opposite side, and secure with the top clothespin. Continue until panels are firmly in place. Let dry 20 minutes.
STEP 6: Cut grosgrain ribbon in dimensions of top and bottom of shade to make self trims. Cut 4 strips of pressure-sensitive tape the height of shade.
STEP 7: Set pressure-sensitive tape on back side of fabric to make 4 vertical strips and top and bottom trims. Cut out, leaving1/4" on each side of fabric.
STEP 8: Wrap fabric around tape, gluing it to back side.
STEP 9: Remove ribbon from shade. Glue trim to vertical ribs.
STEP 10: Glue grosgrain to exterior top and bottom of shade. Fold ribbon over wire and glue to inside of shade.
STEP 11: Make self trims for top and bottom same as vertical ribs. Glue on top of grosgrain.
For more on hours and classes, visit lampshadelady.blogspot.com or lakeslampshades.com. For supplies, try lampshop.com or fogglighting.com.
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