Saturday, 11 December 2010

Felt Lamp Shade

Hello :)
Sorry I haven't posted recently, I just didn't have the time for felting for a while and then lacked inspiration and motivation.
I spent ages recently trying to find some nice lamp shades, but wasn't impressed with any I saw. So I just ended up buying some very plain ones. I love the way the vessel I made for my girlfriend looks when there's a tealight inside, so I decided to try to make my own shades with felt and hoped they'd look as good.
I made a piece of felt by laying out two fine layers of merino, then a fine layer of curly wools and locks (angora, wensleydale, mohair, bluefaced leicester) then a top layer of fine merino and finished off with silks, ramie and bamboo.

I made a template from the lampshade I'd bought and wanted to cover, and cut out the shape I needed from my felt. I blanket stitched around the edges, then sewed the two seems together. It fits snuggly over the top of the shade, and looks great when the light is shining through :)

For a quick guide on how to make one, visit my flickr page


  1. WOW!!! Now I'm inspired. I know ecactly what you mean about boring lampshades. I think I try this!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. Nice Work! I've made one with vellum before..never thought to try wool. Looks great.

  3. Thanks so much ... I've been looking for an idea something like this. You're a genius!

  4. Yours is so wonderful in this color!!!
    I made two white ones some months back...
    ...but I never considered that you could still get light through a deeply colored shade and
    have such vibrancy when the lamp is off, too!
    (Put these on my 'to-do' list!!) Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Wow !!!!!
    Great idea, super color, but I prefer warm colors

  6. Fantastic idea for complimenting the colors in a room......Thanks

  7. I love the light through wool fiber look, and your colors are great .

  8. Thanks for the really nice comments, everyone :)
    The shade under this is just pale cream.
    I'm wondering what results I'd get using different colours for the shade and cover.

  9. Funny, I was just looking for something a bit different and I find this - thanks Zed!

  10. I LOVE this, thanks for the idea!