Blackbirds

I’m trying to work my way through the multitude of kits I’ve bought from Andrea of Raggedy Ruff Designs, three weeks ago I’d just finished the machine embroidery of a lampshade kit giving the detail on the blackbirds and flowers.It’s still a bit scary doing the free motion embroidery but at least I remember to breathe these days!

All I had to do today was to make it into a lampshade. I bought one of those lampshade kits which are easily available on line, it’s a 20cm one. I’ve made a couple of lampshades at WI camps a few years ago, so I roughly knew how to do it. Unfortunately there aren’t any in progress photos as it really wasn’t a photogenic process!

My first job though was to remove any loose threads or long threads on the back and to remove as much of the paper stabiliser as I could. They would be particularly obvious when the light shines through.

The trickiest bit of assembly is right at the beginning; the embroidery is stuck to a large sheet of sticky back plastic. With the pieced background there was going to be no second chance as it would have totally frayed. To get the panel as straight and taut as possible I pinned it to my wool pressing mat, that worked really well. I took the backing off gradually, sticking it down as I went.

For the next stage I enlisted the help of my OH, he did look worried! I applied sticky back tape to both rings and then he watched to check I was going straight when I positioned the two rings on the very edge of the plastic backing and then rolled up the panel onto the rings. The lampshade was starting to look like a lampshade!

All I had to do the was to use a little car tool (which came in the pack) to tuck all the raw edges inside and behind the rings. Mine isn’t perfect on the inside but it’s good enough for me!

I’m pleased with this, I love the effect when it’s lit, but I think it looks just as pretty unlit.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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13 Responses to Blackbirds

  1. Well done Margaret, that is a great achievement. I am still trying to get up the nerve to make my cushion cover and have a go at making some smalls. xx

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  2. Jane M says:

    It looks great both off and on – well done

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  3. tialys says:

    I love those lampshade kits but, so far, have only made one in a single fabric – although I did put an edging on it. Well done you, it looks great.

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  4. I take my hat off to you. Looks like it was a tricky business. But now you have a beautiful lampshade

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  5. claire93 says:

    how brave ^^ and how lovely it looks, Margaret! When lit, it looks like a stain-glass window!!!

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    What a wonderful lampshade! I have had a picture of a hardanger lampshade for years, but never got around to planning it out. I may have to think about that, yours is so cool; I am inspired!

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  7. Amanda says:

    Looks great! Reminds me of dawn with the blackbirds singing in the dawn light.

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  8. nanacathy2 says:

    I love the blackbird lampshade,.

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