Starting her career in fashion, Wendy Carlton of Dotty and Flo, has enjoyed applying her talent for painting to many commercial mediums over the years. More recently, after turning her bright and exquisite artworks into fabrics, Wendy made lampshades and cushions to give her customers the chance to own affordable pieces of her art and bring her passion for nature and colour into their homes. Building her successful homewares business up from scratch, we're thrilled to find ou
As well as being the creative vehicle for making your bespoke lampshade, our Lampshade Making Kits can be added to with easy #hacks delivering a shade that's even more unique. In this post we show you how to add bias tape around the top and bottom of your shade, giving it a polished professional finish. Whether you buy off-the-shelf bias binding (check out our range of patterned bias binding) or make your own in a matching fabric, this clever technique can be used with fabric
Not on the Highstreet was set up in 2006 as an alternative selling platform to showcase quality handmade goods that... you guessed it.... can't be found on the high street. From chocolates to children's wear and pearls to pottery, there are thousands of gift ideas for any friend or loved one, but how does Not on the Highstreet fare as a selling platform for your lampshades? We take a closer look at the platform, how it might work for you in growing your shade-making business.
Customers who regularly make our lampshade making kits or create their own bespoke lampshade will be very familiar with our Stick It lampshade making PVC. Today we want to introduce you its sister product, Clear Stick It self-adhesive lampshade making PVC and to show you how to use this, we’ve put together some creative ideas to incorporate into your own lampshade making adventures. The key difference between the standard and clear Stick It PVC is the translucency, and while
With Father’s day on the horizon, it’s time to get your thinking cap on to make a gift that shows how much they mean to you! Whether it’s helping the kids make something for your partner or a gift for your own Dad, Jules of The Haines Collection has come up with a great idea that’s sustainable, but also doubles up as a treasured memento - a fabulous bottle lamp base and shade! Using our Bottle Lamp Holder Adaptor Kit and a Lampshade Making Kit made up from one of her range of
The glorious weather has arrived adding a bright, light feeling to our days and as usual, we've been inundated with plenty of glorious shades. May's #memadeshade Instagram competition winner, brings fun, frivolity and a bold pop of colour and who doesn't need a bit of that in their lives? Made by Kura and Mark of @the_warren_crew_at_52 from a gorgeous African wax fabric, the orange fringing was a subliminal 'Strictly' inspired addition. We love the scale and size of this prin
With indoor get togethers now possible we're so pleased that Lampshade Making Workshops can start to take place and you can share your passion for lampshade making once again. Whether you’re a kit maker, professional lampshade maker or even a wholesaler of our Needcraft lampshade kit range, behind the scenes we’ve been developing useful ways to support you, particularly if you run or are planning to run workshops in the very near future. Teaching others how to make lampshades
In this month's Meet the Maker interview we get to know talented lampshade maker Helen, of Made by HRM, who's a whirlwind of creativity with a passion for bright, colourful fabrics and quirky prints. Her love of making lampshades and Needcraft clocks has allowed her to build a successful retail craft business from her home, where she also enjoys teaching workshops, all while juggling her new family and her studies! Read on to find out what makes Helen tick. Hi there! How are