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#memadeshade September Winner - ETU Design

Updated: Oct 11

Congratulations to @etu_by_anabela, who has won our September #memadeshade competition! The winning shade, made in a beautifully bold tropical-inspired fabric, perfectly embodies autumn with its rich tones.


An interior designer and lampshade maker Anabela, of @etu_by_anabela, is based on the Coast Del Sol, in Spain and loves bringing bright bold patterns into her design work. It's clear that her lampshades definitely follow the same theme! And with her passion for lampshade making, we're sure Anabela will put her £100 winner voucher to spend at Dannells.com to good use. Find out more about her interior design work and lampshade making in our Q&A below.




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

Hi, I have a degree in Architectural Technology and a Masters in interior Design. I have always been a very creative person, from sewing my own clothes to painting canvasses for my family and friends for Christmas and birthdays. I am a colour lover, I work with every print and pattern I lay my eyes on, from African inspired to botanical and florals. I have created a design studio called Etu Design, in which I cater both interior design services and lampshade making.


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

I have bought my first kit around 2019 but only used it to make it for myself, only recently I have decided to make more as more people were showing interest.


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

The colours! I wanted to make something that It inspires autumn but I wasn't feeling the plain look, so, when I saw the mixture of Autumn colours and the botanical-inspired painting print, I knew I had to use it!


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

I just love the fact that it’s so easy and straightforward to use. Before I found Needcraft I had to buy complete PVC panels from Spain and cut them myself, which was time-consuming and wasted a lot of material. Although I had to get everything from England was actually much easier as it was open a box and I’m ready to go.


Any plans to make more lampshades?

YES! Much more, I have been experimenting with different styles, prints and finishes, the possibilities are endless and I am looking forward to trying more products that Needcraft has to offer.

Find more of Anabela's africian inspired print homewares on her website below and give her a friendly follow.


Website: etu-design.myshopify.com/

Instagram: @etu_by_anabela



September's Most Liked Shades

Our Most Liked shades match our natural surroundings this month, showcasing real flowers, rich autumnal leaves, beautifully painted mushrooms and gloriously rich peacocks. Here's what our makers had to say about their handmade shades.


@clementine_lampy

Cornflowers. And lavender. Just purple 💜. And of course also decorated 💚. Table lamp shade, diameter 25cm, height 23cm. I'm taking it with me to Hradec on Saturday. Come and get him😊


@flora_is_wild_designs

🖤NOW AVAILABLE on website! As the nights get colder and the beautiful autumnal colours are starting to appear, the Macleaya lampshade with gold inside, brings indoors those rich and indulgent tones


@lilygreenwoodpainting

My Mushrooms lampshade, now available in a smaller size in my #etsy shop. X


@jowhiteland

Now available on my website (link in bio) or Etsy shop (jowhitelandbatiks):

Peacock lampshade is available in 2 sizes & can be made up to fit a ceiling or lamp base.

30cm diameter is £55

40cm diameter is £70

Free UK p&p!



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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