While I was working on the Lutradur Michaelmas Daisies recently I realised that the semi transparent nature of the Lutradur fabric meant that it would probably be great for making lampshades. I felt quite excited by the idea of attempting a lampshade – quite a challenge and all that lovely problem solving is good for the creative soul!
I headed for the local charity shops to buy a small drum shaped lampshade. It had definately seen better days. I didn’t get a photograph. It was so dusty that I threw it straight into the kitchen sink for a good wash even though I was about to take it to pieces.
Removing the fabric was easy. Removing the glue from the frame proved to be difficult. I tried very soapy water, neat washing up liquid and a pan scrubber, nail polish remover and surgical spirit. The glue stuck fast. Finally, I found something that worked; WD40 (or UB40 as it’s known in our house).
Next, I cut the Lutradur. I measured the fabric I’d removed, adding enough for the seam allowance and tothe overlap around the frame. The Lutradur was coloured with inktense and the stitching commenced. I used the same die cutter for the flowers as I’d used previously for the Michaelmas Daisies.
Once the stitching was complete I used Wilko’s Fabric Glue to glue the seam and to stick the fabric onto the frame (two rings, one normal ring and the other with spokes and a light fitting). This was the tricky part. The lutradur is fairly open, and the glue did go through in places. Luckily it dries clear. It took about 40 mins to dry the seam (holding it in place initially was awkward and I ended up with more glue on my fingers than on the seam). I used pegs to hold the fabric and glue over the rings. This is the final result (no lamp, just a small LED battery operated light):
As a first attempt I managed to solve some problems and to actually produce a lampshade. However, the Lutraur is not quite strong enough to hold the firm shape required for the lampshade. In retrospect I think I should have used some lampshade pvc, though this seems to be quite expensive. I’m going to think this one over for a little while, maybe an alternative will come to mind. Can anyone suggest another fabric please?