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#memadeshade May Winner

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

Featuring the iconic Frida Kahlo, this month's #memadeshade winner is Bodil of, who runs her lampshade making business in Nykøbing Sjælland, Eastern Denmark, choosing vibrant and unusual fabrics and making bespoke lampshades to suit her customer's interiors.

Bold and bright, this colourful lampshade is precious not only because it won, but because one of Bodhil's customers kindly sourced the fabric for her, knowing how much she loved it! We love a happy lampshade making story!

Congratulation Bodhil! Your £100 voucher to spend at is on its way, for you to spend on more lampshade making supplies. Read on to find out more about Bodhil and her business -

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

I have a small lampshade business in East Denmark. Over the years, my homes have - and still are - filled with a wonderful mix of old classics, modern designs and then a lot of "me". Large framed posters, industrial retro, plants and colourful elements. My handmade lampshades reflect a bit of it all.

Are you a newbie lampshade maker or have you made up a Needcraft Lampshade making kit before?

I’ve been making shades since 2019. The possibilities are almost endless, and the art is to create THE lampshade that speaks to the individual. Skumringstid means the time of twilight.

What do you love about the shade you entered for the #memadeshade competition?

I really like fabrics from Alexander Henry, but this can be hard to get hold of in Denmark. I was lucky… one of my customers had a piece of Frida's garden, and she sold it to me.

What do you like most about the Needcraft lampshade making kits?

I’ve been using Needcraft since I started and I’m very satisfied with the product.

May's Most Liked Shades

We're loving the light and bright feel of May's Most lIked Shades. Each of them definitely has an air of summer about them! Here's what their makers say below and don't forget to give them a friendly follow.

@theasroom LEAF IT THERE BABY Thank you to everyone who has shared lovely feedback about our new lampshade design. We are thrilled you loved it. Today we are going to chill and colour jubilee pictures for our windows, all chores and things we need to do today can wait! We are leaving it all. Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday and to our market friends who are at The Suffolks today good luck!

Custom order for the ceiling of a beautiful chalet....can't wait to see it in situ as our lovely customer has promised pics📸

So for anybody that knows me, you’ll know I’m partial to a gin or two 🍸🍹… so when I saw this fabric I just had to have it!

I absolutely love how my creations have turned out 😍…

The cushions would be a perfect addition to any kitchen, summer house, garden bar, or could be added to outdoor furniture for a splash of colour 🍋🍸🍈🍹🍓

@made_in_marshfield LOOKING RATHER MARVELLOUS!!!

This one has just been collected and I must say, I’m rather sad to see it go...I just love the little fishes all in a line around the shade plus that navy & white is the perfect nautical combo 💥👌🏻!!

This 30cm oval was part of a larger commission - will post pics of the other shades later in the week - but lovely that my client sent me a pic of this shade in 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!


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