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#memadeshade September winner

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

As the autumn rolls in your #memadeshades keep coming and we've loved browsing through September's entries. As well as a source of pure inspiration for our new lampshade makers, each one shows a little bit of personality and we really enjoy getting to know you thorough your shades, as well as admiring them!

September's deserving #memadeshade winner, @thenakedweaver may be a newbie to lampshade making but is definitely no stranger to crafting. Our huge congratulations go to Eleanor, for her beautiful matching shades, made to match her newly decorated bedroom and her gorgeous hand woven cushions.

We chat to Eleanor in our Q&A to find out more about her creative projects and how she dipped her toe into the world of lampshade making.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the creative things that you do? Hi I'm Eleanor, and I make and sell handwoven textiles through my business The Naked Weaver. I love making things for myself and my home, and really enjoy learning new skills and trying out new to me crafts. Over the past year I have been slowly improving my sewing and dressmaking skills, and am gearing myself up to try and make my first pair of fully lined and finished curtains. Are you a newbie lampshade maker or have you made up a Needcraft Lampshade making kit before? I am a complete beginner lampshade maker, these two were the first I ever made, and I am thrilled with them.

What do you love about the shade you entered for the #memadeshade competition? I love that my shades are completely unique to me and my space, and that I was able to make them myself! And I'm thrilled that I was able to make use of some small pieces of special fabric and turn them into something that I see and use everyday.

What’s do you like most about the Needcraft lampshade making kits? As a beginner, what I like most about the kits is that everything that you need to make a lampshade is included in the kit, so I was able to get making straight away. I also found the instructions and You Tube video really helpful and easy to follow.

Any plans to make more lampshades? I am definitely going to be making more lampshades! We're in the process of redecorating a number of rooms at home, so I'll be looking to make some for myself, but I'm also looking forward to experimenting with using my own handwoven fabric on some lampshades too, perhaps to sell one day in the future.

Find, like and shop Eleanor's handwoven goodies below...

Instagram @thenakedweaver

September's Most Liked Shades

Variety is the spice of life...especially when it comes to the fabric you choose for your lampshades.

September's Most liked shades include a cyanotype print lanterns from @portwayprints and a hand embroidered lampshade from @erinmcfadden28. Take a look at the video below for a closer look at her super neat stitching!

Cyanotype tea lights @corn_hylle made up- pleased with these as the images are so crisp!

Off to a lovely new home

Beautiful new handmade lampshade for lovely customer Sigita ✨

First attempt of embroidering and making my own lampshade and I’m obsessed!! 🌸🌼🌺#memadeshade

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 4000 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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