Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fabric Scrap Lampshade ~ A Project Fail

I have a second lamp in my craft/sewing room that has been waiting for a makeover for some time now.  I finally got to it just in time for this year’s Where Bloggers Create linky party.  Here is a picture of the before.

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I took the shade off the base and spray painted the base and finial with Heirloom White spray paint.  I used my iron to soften the adhesive to remove the eyelash trim from the shade.  I will keep this as it may come in handy for another project at some point.  Then I removed the fabric from the shade.

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I did a quick measurement to see just how long a strip of fabric should be to be able to go from top to bottom and be comfortably tied off at the bottom.  My measurement was 25 inches, so I cut and ripped the fabric I was going to use for this shade.  I used a bit of script fabric I had left over, a white flour sack towel, and some Osnaberg fabric. 

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Once I thought I had enough, I got started tying them onto the shade, alternating fabrics to get a good mix of the fabrics.  This shade threw me off because it has a wider base than the top, so while the top filled in well with the strips, the bottom portion had gaps.

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When I tied on as many as I thought would fit, I glued on a fabric flower with some lace attached to it that I had salvaged from something else. 

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And ~ I don’t like it.  Bummer, because I do like the way they look when I’ve seen others done.  So this shade will be getting another redo at some point, once I figure out what.  For now, it is back in my craft room while I think it over.

25 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I like it, I think the idea is so fun. You are always so creative.

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

I love the look. What is it that you don't like about it, Kathy?

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Well, I think it is cute!...however, I know that you will come up with another design that you will love!...

Stacey said...

Last year I spent hours creatively attaching scraps of pretty paper to a lampshade. Have you seen those around? When I was finished it like a bunch of junk attached....and a complete fire hazard. You have to try though when an idea pops into your head. :)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I think you did a great job with it, Kathy...completely transformed it! But I understand, sometimes even though a project turns out, I won't be happy with it!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kathy I think it turned out really cute!! Love the fabrics you used.

Okio B Designs said...

I actually quite like it. Love the strips of fabric and the flower. Maybe it will grow on you?????

Jeanine

Rhonda said...

Oh Kathy, you make me laugh, it's adorable...maybe it will grow on you. To be honest, I liked the old version, too.

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Hi, Kathy! You are not alone! I hate it when that happens. I always think it was such a great idea when it was in my head! :) But I know you'll figure out the perfect solution!

Suzan Sweatman said...

That happens to me all the time - I have a lamp shade sitting waiting to do this since I first saw it awhile back - I LOVE yours !
xoxo

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

I have many of those projects that don't turn out quite the way I thought they should. But I think yours turned out great, Kathy. Hopefully you can figure out just what it is that you don't like and make a little adjustment.

Missy George said...

It's adorable Kathy. Great job. Very cute.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I like it! Sometimes you might like it later--maybe you are just sick of looking at it.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Now don't be so quick to toss out the baby with the bath water!!! I think it's pretty cute, love the fabric with script and the jaunty flower and pin. Live with it awhile, I think it might grow on you!
Hugs,
Patti

Brooke Bock said...

I like it!

Denise said...

Darling shade-great work :)

Createology said...

Funny that you aren't liking this shade as it looks by the comments that everyone including me really do like it. Maybe you might see it from another viewpoint and like it better. Creative Bliss Dear...

lynn said...

kathy, i'm with the others, it's very charming looking:) maybe, if you used just one fabric, your eye would like it better? but, i love it just as it is:)

Something Special said...

What a great idea for a lampshade, I think I must try this one for this little lampshade I have in my living room. I love the new look.

KATHY said...

I think it looks good Kathy!! I really love the look.

Kathy

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Kathy this is awesome. I love this new lamp shade you created. Beautiful.
Kris

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Kathy, I like how the lampshade turned out. The base looks a bit small now though. Try to put the lampshade on another lamp base. Maybe you like it then. Just an idea.
Hugs,
Julia

Object of Maya*ffection said...

I think it's adorable!!!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Kathy, this is a gorgeous redo. What's not to like?? It is perfect with the white base. Love it and thanks for this inspiration.
Hugs

Angela Ryder said...

Like everyone else, I think it's adorable! But, I understand when something doesn't work for you, you're ultimately gonna change it! Happens to me all the time!!! LOL!!~~Ang

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