Autumn Jubilee has to include some crafting time, and this one will use fabric. I found this little lamp at a thrift store (naturally, LOL!!), and it was the size I wanted for the den. I needed a small lamp to provide some low light for the room when we are watching movies. My Sweet Babboo likes to turn off the lights and have a home theater effect, but having all the lights off is actually too dark and creates a bit of eye strain looking at the TV. So, a small light is nice. I had a really small lamp before, but I wanted to move it as it was dark red. This one has a green base.
But, in spite of putting a very low wattage bulb in it, it was too bright. Add to that the shade is funky in the way it attaches to the base, so not easy to just replace.
The answer was to cover the shade with fabric and trim. I took the base to the fabric store, and matched the green, then picked up some beads and braid.
Begin by making a pattern for the shade. Place the seam on the paper and draw a straight line.
Then, roll the shade, marking the edge lines as you go, until the seam is again on the paper.
Cut out the shape, extending one edge about an inch to be sure you have overlap, and cutting generously so you have a bit of overage on the top and bottom.
Do a test fit to be sure you have it right. There should be some overage on the top and bottom.
Place the pattern on the fabric, and cut out the cover.
Test fit again.
Press under one end to create a finished edge.
Using a spray glue, lightly spray the fabric on the wrong side.
Starting with the raw edge, press the fabric to the shade.
Continue around until the cover is in place.
Trim the bottom even with the edge of the shade.
Then do the same on the top.
Heat up the glue gun and get the trims ready.
Run a thin line of glue down the inside of the seam and press it down firmly.
Working with just a couple of inches at a time, run a thin line of glue on the bottom edge and press the beading ribbon in place.
Work all the way around the bottom. Don’t worry about the ribbon color, we’ll cover it up.
Now, using the same technique, glue the braid trim over the ribbon.
At the joining point, cut the braid to length, and mesh together at the seam line.
Glue braid to the top, covering the raw edge of the fabric.
Now there is a dark cover which will lower significantly the amount of light coming from the lamp.
With the lamp on, you can see how it lowers the light emitted through the shade. If you wanted to keep the light level high but dress up the shade, use a light color fabric.
So, there it is, with the Autumn Jubilee wool work penny rug from last year’s event, and a leaf candle. I added a black tassel to the neck of the lamp, something my mother used to do with her lamps.
Today’s project was designed to lower light levels, but most of the time we need more light. This was the perfect time to do the Inspired LED giveaway!
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Could you use more lighting in your sewing room or elsewhere?
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