wanted needed a light above the girls’ window seat in their room,
and have been on the hunt for the perfect chandelier for way too long.
a few weeks ago i found a lamp shade frame that called out to me.
it said, “bring me home!”
so i did.
and here’s a little tutorial on taking a lamp shade frame naked to pretty to very questionable.
i used some scrap silk shantung.
isn’t it so pretty?
it frays like crazy and i wasn’t planning on finishing the edges,
so i planned to go the distressed beauty route.
first i measured the circumference of the top of the shade.
then i measured the height.
i knew i wanted 4 layers of ruffles (oh, did i tell you i was adding ruffles?), so i cut my fabric to be double the circumference in length and the height divided by 3 plus 2 inches for overlap (have i confused you yet?).
make sense? so my strips of fabric were 64 x 6, since 64 is twice of 32 – my top circumference – and the height was 12, which divided by 3 equals 4, plus 2 = 6.
then i had to sew the 2 ends of each ruffle to itself to make a huge circle/tube thing.
then i loosened the tension all the way on my machine and used my largest stitch to ruffle the tube (?),
starting at one side of the seam i just sewed and ending on the other side of it.
then i pulled one of the 2 threads left by that loose stitch (don’t trim your threads!) and gently made the tube ruffle at the top.
then i had to have something to attach the ruffles to, other than the top ring and bottom ring of the shade.
i wanted 2 more tiers so i divided the height (12) by 3, leaving me 4 inches between sections.
so every 4 inches i marked the shade verticals with a sharpie.
then i got out my glue gun/finger burner and started with a long scrap strip of ribbon. i glued just a touch to the tip and wrapped that around the vertical piece.
then i moved to the next vertical piece with the ribbon,
added a touch of glue where i marked with the sharpie,
and continued to wrap the ribbon around the shade.
then i did that again, 4 inches down at my next sharpie marks.
then i took my first ruffled tube and glued it to the outside of the bottom ring of the frame.
then i did the next row of ribbon up.
and then (did you guess it?) i did the next row!
and finally, all 4 rows done!
i wasn’t really sure i was going for “pretty”.
in a late night (no pictures) crafting frenzy,
my notions threw up on those poor pretty ruffles and turned into something that would be more appropriate for a fiesta!
and i ended up with this.
my advice: don’t craft too late at night when you don’t have any accountability, nobody to stop you.
we haven’t hung it yet since i’m just not so sure i can even handle it in there, but just for you, this is how i had to position myself for this picture.
can you tell how much i love you?
that i would risk my life on top of a dresser just to get you a good shot of a project gone bad!
have fun doing this on your own, or maybe coming up with something so much more brilliant!