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#memadeshade February Winner

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

Pops of colour are much needed as we finally start to leave the winter behind and this month's #memadeshade winner does not disappoint! Huge congratulations go to Alison of @maggiemootextiles for her fab, retro-style shade that's made from beautifully bold and bright vintage fabric, with a textured and silky feel.

Alison's £100 voucher to spend at is on its way to her. Read more about Alison's unique lampshade making business below.

Maggie Moo Textiles is the creative brainchild of Alison, who makes stunning vintage and retro style lampshades and cushions, from carefully sourced fabrics originating from the '50s, ’60s and ’70s with a handful from the present day.

Incorporating everything from psychedelic prints to artistic textural bark cloths, Alison’s eye for a fantastic fabric, and talent for making lampshades bring new life to prints and patterns of old and new, all of which are ready to purchase in her Etsy shop. Treasuring every fabric she sources, combined with her ethos of no waste, Alison often makes coin purses from her scraps or donates her scraps to other makers.

Previously training as a nurse in her late thirties, Alison had to retire due to a medical condition but has found her passion in skills she learnt from her grandmother, such as sewing, knitting and cross-stitch. A married mum of three grown-up children, and a mum to a happy household of animals, when she’s not busy sourcing fabrics or making for Maggie Moo Textiles, you’ll find her in the outdoors, dog walking, cycling or camping.

February's Most Liked Shades

A strong, dominant print seems to be the link between this month's Most Liked shades, and although each one is eyecatching, they all feel highly individual. Here's what their makers had to say about them on Instagram.

Love this shade of green


Check out this punchy pop art custom shade• It has a story at every turn, so if you fancy a change, just spin it to the left or spin it to the right and then shake shake with all of your might! 😂

Definitely one on the favourites list! Thank you @pinkylady35 for being so brave with design and giving me the opportunity to create this for your gorgeous home•

Birthday tulips beautifully complimenting my Hummingbirds lampshade…(got to crowbar a business-related post amidst all the birthday related posting 🌷🥂😅)

Lampshades available to order on my website in any design, size & fitting - can’t wait to see one made up in my brand new Garden Glory design - who fancies one of those & which h background would you choose?! 🌼💙🌿🤍🌺🤷🏻‍♀️

New commission ready for its new home

Enter our #memadeshade competition

It's super simple to enter our #memadeshade Instagram competition. Just make a lampshade from any of our lampshade making kits and follow the steps below. And if you want to check out the hashtag #memadeshade for inspiration in advance, we've had over 5000 shades enter since we started!

Here's a reminder of what to do...

  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.


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