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My fingers hurt!

So I've been having an overwhelming desire to be creative again. I've been picking up all sorts of goodies for doing lots of crafts stuff. Or rather, I've ordered them online and am waiting for them to get here. I would *really* appreciate beaming technology right now! :)

So, after having browsed through stacks of crafts books (on my shelves, of course...), done some small stuff this afternoon, and ordered heaps of new things, I was overcome with creative energy. So I finally sat down and made a new shade for one of my lamps. I'd bought the material ages ago, but never had the urge to actually get started.

This evening, I did. Half the work wasn't hard - I could sew the seam with my (new) sewing machine. But actually attatching the fabric to the metal frame (a ring at the top and one at the bottom) could only be done by hand. The fabric is *so* thick, that for the first time I ended up using a thimble. I think I have more holes in my fingers than are in the fabric. ^^;

And I'm not used to doing hand crafting anymore. So now my fingers hurt... >.<

But I'm quite pleased with the way it came out.

The first lamp is the way it looked originally - I still have three with the old paper shades. Or rather, two still have shades, one is totally bare, because the paper was *totally* shredded. I haven't gotten around to that one yet. The lamp that I re-did today was one where the shade was torn in half, but not completely shredded yet. But I just couldn't stand the sight anymore. >.<

This is the other paper lamp. It's actually still in relatively good shape - you can't see the tears, because they're in the back. But like the other one, it's starting to fray. This is the way they all looked (except for the tears, of course) back when I bought them at IKEA, a few years ago...

And this is how the fabric came out. :)

When my fingers have recovered, I might get around to doing the other three shades, too. :)


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Sep. 8th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)

Just remember - paper tears easily. Especially if you have cats... ^^
Sep. 8th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
It looks very pretty! Definitely worth all your hard work.
Sep. 8th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm actually quite pleased with my first effort. Of course I see things I could have done better - but it definitely looks better than the shreds of paper that were hanging down from the frame. :)
Sep. 9th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Beautiful. You did good.
Sep. 9th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
Thank you! ^_____^
Sep. 9th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
I have a little lamp like that on my desk at work! You did a great job with it... that looks very cool. Have you joined Ravelry yet? Or are you a fiber person? ^_____^
Sep. 9th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC)
Thank you. :) I've been wanting to do it for ages now - bought the fabric like at the beginning of the year - but I just wasn't inspired until now. ^^

I'm more a fiber/textile person. I don't really knit, though I do crochet occasionally. I'm trying some new stuff now, to get me much more involved with crafts again. We'll see how this goes. I've already got some ideas. ^^
Sep. 10th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Ravelry is for crochet too, so if you get the itch, jump in... I've never seen more patterns and projects in one place in my life! O.o
Sep. 9th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
I've got the same lamps, and am facing the same problem -- it was bad enough with just plain age, but two kittens in the house? Poor paper-shades are just not feeling the love. And woe to Ikea for not selling replacement-shades, cripes. It's just a matter of getting off my duff and doing the hack myself -- and now you've got me all inspired!
Sep. 9th, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
Ah. Yes, the non-existant replacement shades. I went several time to IKEA to ask, but they just told me to buy new lamps. >.< So I saw this fabric (I love their current run of fabrics!) and thought that might make a nice replacement. Maybe I should wash the material first, the next time I do one, because it is *very* stiff to handle... Then again, I'm not taking that shade off its frame again. No way. Never! *ggg*
Sep. 9th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
You should send it in to Ikea Hacker!
Sep. 9th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
Ikea Hacker? Sounds interesting... I'll go look...
Sep. 9th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)

one of my absolute favoritest blogs evah.
Sep. 9th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the link! Amazing what people think of! I'm really inspired now. Especially with the idea of re-upolstering my office chair. I've had it for almost 8 years now, and it's really starting to fray. And the padding isn't really there anymore, either. I was already thinking about getting a new one, but I really love this chair. Now I'm already debating which fabrics to use... :)
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