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old issue article on how to make lamp

bigage | Posted in Talk With Us on

I was told you had an an article on how to make victoran lamp shades how to cover them I would be very interested in seeing this does anyone know about this and, where can i find this

Edited 7/4/2006 1:44 pm ET by bigage


  1. mem | | #1

    I don't remember seeing this in Threads but its not hard to do if you know how.

    You need a frame which you cover by winding cotton tape around the wires.This will take some time and you will need a lot of tape and patience you can use bias cut fabric whic I guess you could cut out of fabric which would match your fashion fabric.. You need to fasten the end securely . Then work out what fabrics you want to put on the frame and use them ON THE BIAS  grain. Attach then with a needle and thread using a whip like stitch to the tape covered wires and make sure the fabric it taut as you work. Each window of wire has its own piece of fabric. The bias grain is necessary so that you can mould the pieces and it will be very taut and wont fray appropriately. Trim around each of the fabrics close to the stitching and then using a a hot glue gun cover all the wires with the braid you have chosen . If you are putting a fringe along the bottom you need to put this on before you cover it with the braid.

    I have seen some amazing specimens which are made with hand dyed fabrics and fringing in an ombered colour graduated way .They are very expensive to buy .

    Hope that helps .

    1. bigage | | #2

      ok so i guess i get cotton tape in the sewing store i think i can do this i was reading on the internet someone who had done this but, they said that in an old issue of threads is where they found out how do make this victorian shade so i wanted to buy one but, being in miaimi there is no place and, it's a hard item to order on the the net do to not knowing if the colors are going to be right o i'm going to give this a try.


      thank you

      1. mem | | #3

        You can use strips of fabric about 1/2 inch wide but it must be cut on the bias so that it will mould around curves etc.

        1. bigage | | #4

          thank you for your help

      2. sueb | | #5

        If you check the online threads index you'll find that the article you are looking for is in the october/november 92 issue #43

        1. bigage | | #6

          Thank you so much for the tip I found it

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