I purchased a pair of lamps because the simple gourd shape is classic and elegant. The problem with inexpensive lighting is usually how the shade looks - cheap faux silk in my case. A great way to add color, pattern, or luxury is in the shade - and if you already have a good shade shape, buy fabric that you love and a can of spray adhesive for a custom look.
Step one - Decide how you want to trim your shade.
- Self Tape - Use fabric to make your own tape and glue to top and bottom.
- Contrasting Tape - Use purchased tape, use fabric glue to attach.
- No Tape - Just fold edges under and glue. This is the option I chose.
Step three - Cut out the trace - about an inch on top and bottom, this will allow for some give. See hint above.
- Patterned fabrics are more forgiving.
- Test your adhesive out on your fabric - check for spotting and seeping.
- Use a fabric that is medium weight, too light and it'll pull too easily
- Iron the seam to flatten it.
Kathryn Ireland fabric on shade with self tape.
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