Pinned it here. Gorgeous right?
I’m pretty sure the first word out of my mouth were “Wow! That’s gorgeous! I’m totally not doing that” Odd combo right? I do love it, I’m just not sure where it will fit in my house.
This weekend I had a few… extra hours thanks to one of my parrot deciding he wanted a vacation on Saturday and flying out the door (we got him back Sunday morning!). So thanks to the unexpected free time and a pile of doilies I decided to try my hand at a doily covered lampshade.
I used the free lampshade (gutted it), a pile of 10 cent doilies, upholstery thread, a blunt needle, scissors and a crap-ton of clothes pins.
*This is almost the exact opposite of the way the inspiration tutorial did it. For the record her way was probably easier, but I like the layered look I got with my method*
I started randomly clothes pinning doilies on, starting with the ends and trying to puzzle piece the different shapes together.
I used about 40 clothes pins and 10-ish doilies (I could count, but I don’t want to). I tried to keep some contrast with various patterns and colors near each other.
I started by tying knots around the ‘braces’ and stitching the doiles to the top part of the frame. I worked my way around in sections. It’s a bit tricky to keep the tension right. You want the doilies taught but not squished.
I’ll be honest, this took quite a while. At least 5 hours split over two days. If you aren’t such a perfectionist you should be better off.
I love the final product! I’m still not sure where I’m going to put it though!
Total cost = $3
Failed Parrot Trap… He decided to land on my head instead