Wednesday, February 13, 2008

lamps and more lamps

So yeah, as I touched on yesterday, I went a little crazy over the weekend making lamps:



They are a bunch of birthday, housewarming and wedding presents that I've been putting off making for ages, for fear (and loathing) of the drive to Handworks in Prahran. It's totally irrational I know. I just dislike the drive along King Street and Kings Way, the parking difficulties and the general vibe of the area. But it's the ONLY place I've found that sell lampshade frames!



Apart from an excuse to showcase my fabric in a self indulgent manner... they're also an opportunity to practice taking nice photos.



I still have a long way to go, but it's a fun way to kill an hour or so.



Of course, if you want to try your hand making your own lampshades (either with a ready made frame or by recovering an old frame) there's this tute that I wrote up awhile ago :)

27 comments:

3rdEyeMuse said...

These lamps are so incredible! How I wish it was my housewarming / birthday / wedding being celebrated!

Well worth the troublesome drive, if I may say so & the photo's really are lovely, too.

Fer said...

Too pretty!

Such lucky recipients!!

Anna Laura said...

These look great, I love it on the birch fabric as the linework really works well with the shape of the lamp.

I know what you mean about going places and avoiding them due to driving there. I always try and work out how I can use public transport rather than drive to a lot of places. I get worried I wont find a park.

arounna said...

beautiful job - these lamps and photos look great

paperseed.wordpress.com said...

Those lamps rock! I'm definitely going to check out the tutorial. Beautiful work with your beautiful fabric!

Ariana said...

I remember seeing some lamps covered with vintage kimono fabric on French Touche a while back and I wanted them sooo badly. Your lovely lamps have reignited the desire! Thanks for posting the link to your tutorial I can't wait to try this :)

Jhoanna said...

Lara these are so wonderful! They really make the most of your gorgeous fabric. Thanks for the reminder about the tutorial - definitely putting it on my to-do list :-)

Wendy said...

They're so cute! Your fabrics look perfect as lampshades. And so sweet of you to include a tutorial too :)

Sarah said...

Lara these look fantastic, loving the top photo!

Pollipop said...

The lamps are beautiful. : )

CurlyPops said...

Wow, these are beautiful!

AnnieB said...

they are gorgeous - love the duck egg blue with trees on fabric

karen gray said...

LOVE the lamp shades! I am positively going to make 1 or 20.

adele said...

i love the lamps. so pretty. you captured them well in your photos.

jill said...

that's totally what i'm going to do with your other fabrics i have stashed! i'm sorry, but i can't help it! they are so lovely, i have to make sure i'm using them in a worthy project thanks for the tutorial!

nicole lecht said...

ohhhh yeah lampshades!! I may have to get me one of those from you for my new house too!! ordering the paper soon, send fabric when you can!!

MUAH from the frozen tundra!

mizu designs said...

I hate driving to Handworks too. The traffic over that side of town drives me crazy. But your lamps certainly make it worth the effort. How gorgeous!

lindsey clare said...

i have that Ikea tree as a jewellery stand too! mine is red.

i really love your lamps. really. i would put an orange one in my loungeroom in a flash :)

Louise said...

Wow, doesn't your fabric look great on lamps - just gorgeous!

Hollabee said...

It's looking good...and I wish I could 'kill' an hour...I need to find myself time ;)
Prahran/Windsor isn't that bad is it...we used to live around the corner from Handworks...I guess the parking is pretty bad, we used to walk, now I just avoid the place ;)

Jude said...

I love the retro look of your lampshades! Thanks for posting!
I've just completed 1 of 3 shades for a lamp refurb I'm working on.
Do you have any tips for making these? I read your how-to a few months back but I'm having problems keeping the seam down the back together and tight enough for the rings. What kind of glue do you use?

Anonymous said...

so gorgeous, the textile and the lamp!!

joanna
www.candlelight.hk/blog

j said...

these are beautiful. thanks so much for the tutorial.

Joanna Goddard said...

love these!!

Cicada Studio said...

This is just what I am wanting to do. I read your tutorial, and did a search for Handworks, which yielded no email address to contact. I'm in the US so it's probably a long shot to get them anyway, but if you have contact info, I'd be so happy. I did a search online for similar, but I got absolutely nothing... :(

LOVE your blog and work by the way. Happy I stumbled upon you! Pure inspiration!

Sara said...

Absolutely gorgeous. It's on my list of things to make! If you have a Lincraft in Melbourne they might have lamp frames there.

Anonymous said...

Your lamps are gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing and even more for showing us how it was done in your tutorial!
Inspiring!