In-Work Bollywood Lamp - NeedleworkMonday:

in needleworkmonday •  10 months ago

This week, I'm midway through an interesting project!

The Project

I've had a dusty old dirty lampshade on a boudoir-sized lamp in my spare bedroom for far longer than I would like to admit. I decided to strip it down and make a hanging lamp out of it. This shade fits into my overall project of making an installation with several hanging lamps.


As you can see, the shade has a funky old "cheetah" pattern, but a wonderful "Uno" fitting that will allow me to adapt it to hang with ease. I bought several hanging fittings from Ikea, which are sold to use with paper lampshades.

The Process

Once I tore off all the cheetah fabric and scraped off the glue (who uses glue, anyway!?!), I wrapped the wires in preparation for fabric.


Here's the funny part. I had visions of some cool-looking hippy rainbow "look" for this shade. I figured, since it is not a Victorian frame like my others, I could just do whatever I wanted.

So I diligently got to work dyeing my white silk habotai. What I ended-up with is some horrifying Rastafarian/Nepalese look in the habotai, and the desired color blend (albeit too pale) in the silk velvet. Auugh!


Grumpily, I got to work sewing the silk on to the frame. Here's and in-work shot. As it came to life, I could not bear the thought of covering it with the rainbow-dyed velvet. I needed another option.


While farting around on the internet trying to figure out how this color combination could look like anything other than a Bob Marley poster, I stumbled across the magic of Bollywood! All I needed was some glitzy lace and the right beads! See above for insanely glitzy lace that does not photograph with the same degree of "bling" as in real life.

This lace has it all - gold threads, pearls, gold tube beads and sequins!


Clearly, this project is still underway. One side of the hexagonal shape has lace that is still only pinned-on, and one side is still naked. But I thought you might get a kick out of seeing the process, and I'm really excited about trying to make this style as, it is very new to me.

I've ordered the beads which I believe will arrive early this week. Once I settle on a master strand, I'll hand-string about 70 strands and sew them on. I'm still undecided about adding final trim to this one so, more to come on that.

I don't normally blog about unfinished lamps because I think it takes the "zing" out of the finished lamp post. But this time I'll follow-up with a post about the finished lamp so you can get a peek at it when it is done. Yay!

Happy #NeedleworkMonday, everyone!





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Wonderful project.... Keep the ball rolling @crystalize 👍👍👍👍

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Thanks, @emmaculate! I can't wait for the beads to arrive!

Awww, I'm a bit partial to an animal print (then again nobody has ever accused me of having good taste ;)). The lamp is looking very cool so far, I look forward to the finished product!

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Hi @wendles! I, too, like animal prints which is why this shade was in my house for so very long. But the shade was starting to show its age. That gives me an idea...I'm need to go on the hunt for some animal print silk!

The light makes it come alive @crystalize...
I quite like Bob Marley :)

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Hi @cryptocariad! Thanks so much for stopping by! Yes, the light on this one really radiates the color. Nothing against Bob Marley, just wasn't the intent of this projects.

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I can already hear it in my head.."Have a slow day, mon.."

Lady you Amaze me!!! Dyeing your silk...wow! The lampshade is coming together so lovely!!! That Bollywood piece really brought it to life!! It’s so beautiful! I love the picture you showed of it in the dark lit up!

I actually like that you showed us the process this time without showing a finished product. It makes seeing the finished shade even more exciting!!! And trust me, this will in no way take away from the big Shabang of the finished product!! Your shades are too glamorous for that!!! 😉💕

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Hey @crosheille! Thanks so much for the kind compliments! Yes, I usually dye my own silk, which has a very steep learning curve. The picture below is of the process. Yes, time will tell if posting in advance of completion is risky, but I'm willing to give it a try!

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Wow Love it!! Thanks for sharing this!!! How neat!!

P.S. I love your logo!!!! 😃😃😃

Wow!!!! Wow!!!! Wow!!!! stunning beauty, crystalize!!!!!!! I look forward to the end of the project !!!!

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Thanks, @tali72! This is one so much fun!

I am drooling ! ! ! ! ! !

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LOL, @red-white-blue! I'm hoping that, once this one is done, it will be spectacular.

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I'm sure it will. be. Every time I read about your shades I'm so inspired, but frustrated at the same time because of lack of time to start playing with fabric and beads myself.
Please chase me away from my screen, whahaha.

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Well, here's the thing...I don't knit, crochet or make any other garments. When I was a kid, I loved doing embroidery. I can't even count the hours I spent doing that stuff. Now, I still have a fondness for it, but when I see the antique handmade textiles, I'm astonished by the beauty and lost art that would take me the rest of my life to learn. So now I simply honor that past at by re-purposing it into a beautiful but functional piece of art. Believe me, there a days when I wish I could sew my own wardrobe, so you are in a good place there!

Wow you don't mess around....you even dye your own material?!? You never cease to amaze me. You give new meaning to the word "lampshade".

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Thanks, @anise! It's a passion, that is for sure. I'll be sure to post more pictures of they dyeing process, in the future.

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Great! I am looking forward to it.

It's great to give a second life to old things) Turned out great!

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Thanks, @naditinkoff! It's not done yet, so stay tuned!

Wow this is beautiful.. Love the steps, it's also looking so colourful. You are really good. Thanks for sharing

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Thanks, @delaw! Yes, I'm looking forward to doing the beadwork for this one!

It is very engaging to watch the progression of this! I don't have your skill or experience, so will just observe... But stay awesome!
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This is why you are The King of Logos, Meme's and Digital Art, and I'am the Queen of Shades! Thanks for stopping by, @occupywallets!

Good choice saving the rainbow velvet for another project. But don't give up on it. It looks like it wants to be something glorious.

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Thanks, @luthvarian! Indeed--that silk needs to be a hippy boho funfest! Waiting for the wire frame shape that inspires this feeling. Thanks for stopping by!

Great lamp, very nice, you are very talented

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Thank you@handwork! I really appreciate it!

Totally amazed by your work - this is stunning!!! Can’t wait to see the finished project!

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Thank you so much @mrscwin! I'm tapping my foot as we speak, waiting for those beads to arrive in the mail so I can begin the process of designing the strands. LOL.

Hello, @crystalize! I fell behind our project #NeedleworkMonday. I do not have much time now to participate, but I hope next Monday I will attend. I really wanted to see your records, and now I postponed everything and read about your wonderful works! I told you that I have two lamps with old lampshades, I still have not reached them! Now I'm learning the Luneville embroidery, which I already wrote about. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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Not a thing to worry about, @inna-yatsuk! Yo don't have to post every Monday if you do not have time. Just post as it works for you! I will look forward to seeing you new embroidery technique in the future!

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So that you do not search, here you can see the sample). This is an old post.
https://steemit.com/art/@inna-yatsuk/spectacular-dress-with-luneville-embroidery-elegant-result

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Oh wow, that is incredible @inna-yatsuk! It must take forever to do it!!

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This is a very long process. But the effect is stunning! I really like complicated work, although I make very few products, but they are all high-quality and original).

This is a really meticulous design, so intricate, the beads , the silk, its quite nice.I cant wait for the finished work. Good job

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Thanks, @wondermaey! I'm heading to the mailbox now to see if those beads arrived!

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Lol! Cool! Lets get those beads!

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Right? I'm thinking tiny yellow pearls, small gold tube beads, and a few yellow/pink. This one needs to be really "blingy".

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Wow Let me take a moment to process how beautiful that lamp will become.... Done it, It would be spectacular

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Thank you!

I enjoyed seeing your process. Exquisite work!

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Thanks you so much, @creationofcare! This one is going to be so interesting when it is done!

Beautiful work. I wish I could have one.

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Thanks, @wisdoncouture! I'm thinking maybe one day I will run a contest and give one as the prize!

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This is awesome. Thanks for showing the process. One of my dreams is to become a BollyWood star. When I am, I will buy many lamps from you.

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Here is you, @soundswavesphoton, in the very near future..

Great, I immediately wanted to update my lamp shade!

That is really cool. I'm so impressed that you can strip them down to nothing and build something really cool back up! That's awesome. :)

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Thanks so much, @apanamamama!