#Memadeshade February Winner

We're super excited about how our #memadeshade Instagram competition has captured your imaginations throughout February and we've loved seeing every one of the fantastic shades you've made and entered.


But there can only be one winner and this month Louise of @sewingdaze has won our whopping 70 cm shade kit!


Keen to find out more about Louise and her shade making adventures we were lucky enough to have a chat with our very first #memadeshade winner...


Congratulations! You’re our February #memadeshadewinner


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the crafting that you do?

I’ve been crafting since I was 7 and absolutely love having an outlet to relax and have a bit of self care. It’s so important.

Over the last 20+ years, I’ve tried my hand at cross stitch, card making, sewing, knitting and my current favourite, crochet.

I’ve been owner/manager/sales/bookkeeper/marketing/purchasing/tutor at Sewing Daze since June 2017 and I’ve loved (almost) every second.



Are you a newbie lampshade maker or have you made up a Needcraft Lampshade making kit before? I have made a few lampshades before as they are just so straight forward to do. I saw a demo a year or so ago and it looked so easy. We now run lampshade making as a workshop in the shop and it's very popular as there is no sewing skill needed. Anyone can do it. What do you love about the shade you entered for the #memadeshade competition? I’d been looking for a lampshade for my living room for absolutely ages and couldn’t find anything that worked. I decided to make one as it was the best way of getting what I want. The fabric I picked worked perfectly in the space and the size of the lampshade was just right. What’s do you like most about the Needcraft lampshade making kits? I like that the kits don’t take any previous knowledge of crafting and that by having everything stick to itself, there is absolutely no mess.

Any plans to make more lampshades?

I will definitely be making more lampshades! My craft room needs a bit of a makeover so it’s the perfect excuse to make another.


You find Louise and her shop Sewing Daze on Instagram - @itslouisedrake and @sewingdaze - and if you're ever in Ely, Cambridgeshire be sure to check out her bricks and motar shop, that's packed with creative goodies!


February's most liked shades


It seems you're all as addicted to shade making as we are and if you missed checking our the February #memadeshade entries on Instagram, here's the shades that picked up the most likes this month. Everyone of them is a little shade inspiration in it's own right!


March #memadeshade


For those of you who didn't get chance to enter #memadeshade last month we're doing it all again for March, with the added bonus of the Instagram competition being open internationally from now onwards. That means wherever you are in the world you can enter!!


Here's a reminder of how to enter:


  1. Simply take a picture of your proudest lampshade from one of our kits and enter on Instagram following the steps below:

  2. Follow @needcraft if you haven’t already

  3. Post an image of a lampshade you’ve made from an @needcraft lampshade making kit and tag with #memadeshade and the type of kit you used i.e 30cm Drum shade kits, Square kit etc.

  4. And any size and shape can be entered so display those drums shades, exhibit your empires and reveal your rectangles – any lampshade from one of our kits counts!

For full terms and conditions click here.


A bigger and better prize


We've also upped the stakes on the prize too! Now each month the prize will be a £100 voucher to spend on the www.dannells.com website, meaning you can pick and choose from our huge range of lampshade making kits, frames, Stick It PVC's (including the metallics, coloured, neon and double sided ranges) and lampshade supplies.


Head over to Instagram and find us @needcraft to be inspired by our customers shades and don't forget to enter yourself!


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