Meet the Maker - Katherine O'Shea

At a time when a lot of us would love to see a some different scenery, we're excited to be chatting with Katherine O'Shea, who's picturesque rural illustrations bring a breath of fresh air to the art of lampshade making. With a passion for the great outdoors and the intricacies of history and architecture, Katherine's eye for tiny details transform her lampshades into tonal beauties, each with it's own individual character. Mainly working with customers to bring their ideas to life, she tells us all about her lampshade making journey... Hi there! How are you today and what’s on your workbench? I'm hunkered down in my studio. My desk is actually covered in seedlings at the moment, as well as

A Cross Stitch in time using Needcraft creative kits

We know our creative kits offer endless creative opportunities, but we’re always pleasantly surprised when a inventive idea takes one of our Needcraft kits and turns it into something we’d have never imagined. Enter Edeltraud and Marcus of www.naaldendraad.com who run a needlepoint and cross stitch pattern business in Roermond, in the South East of the Netherlands, who first came across our products at the H+H show in Colgne in 2019. By merging their knowledge of cross stitch with not one, but four of our products, they have created a suite of nostalgic and beautifully crafted homewares, that would easily slip into any modern home. Inspired by traditional Transsilvanian cross stitch designs,

Lampshade kit hack #1 - Folded fabric seam edge tutorial

To elevate your lampshade making we're excited to introduce our new series of lampshade #Hacks that you can apply to our lampshade making kits or lampshade materials. Throughout the series we’ll show you simple tricks, creative techniques and #hacks to transform your lampshades, arming you with plenty of new skills to up your lampshade making game! First up is our mini tutorial on how to finish your seam using a folded fabric edge. Commonly seen on lampshades on the high street, this is an easy skill to master with a little know how and an off cut of Stick It Lampshade making PVC and can be easily added to our professional lampshade making kits. Follow the steps below to learn how... What yo

#memadeshade March Winner

It's been quite a month hasn't it? But we're pleased to say it hasn't stopped you from making super creative lampshades using our kits and entering them into our March #memadeshade Instagram competition. Based on feedback from all of our lovely customers we've done two things differently for March; opened the competition up to our international customers and changed the prize to a whopping £100 voucher to spend on lampshade making materials and equipment from Dannells.com. So drumroll please....or should that be drumshade please ;) ? This month's winner is the very worthy @fatshadycompany with this gorgeous foxy shade made using Michael Miller fabric. In true #memadeshade style, we found out

Lampshade making with the kids!

Looking back through our blog archive for ideas to inspire you while you you're working at home or homeschooling or even both ;) we came across this fantastic creative idea from Three Bears Prints, from 2019, that's perfect for making with the kids. During these tricky times, we all need a helping hand when finding ideas that will spark children's imagination, keep their interest and teach them a few new skills. We think these fun children's lampshades made from our 20cm lampshade making kit, tick all those boxes and will also give you a long lasting memento of the time spent together. Marliese, of Three Bears makes use of the Dannells' fabric printing service, but you could use fabric paint