Welcome to The Lampshade Lady
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Bespoke soft and rigid lampshades, made in England
Individually designed lampshades made specially for you in The Lampshade Lady's studio in Kent.
February 2021: Open for online, telephone and email orders
Custom-made, hand-sewn soft lampshades
Soft lampshades are made on full frames which have struts between the top and bottom rings. The frames are available in different shapes and sizes, some having bowed struts and others with straight struts. Soft lampshades can have plain (tailored), pleated, swathed or gathered covers (outers) which are usually made of silk, linen or cotton though other fabrics are suitable. I offer silk for the lining (silk is a natural fabric that looks sumptuous and is naturally fire resistant) or knitted lampshade lining but other fabrics can be selected.
Traditionally soft lampshades are hand-stitched: first the lampshade frame is bound, then each layer (outer, lining and trim) is hand-sewn to the frame - six rows of sewing. Most soft lampshades available on the High Street or on-line are "hand-made" - in other words glued, albeit by hand! My hand-stitched lampshades not only look fabulous, they are better for your health and for the environment.
I have a good selection of new and used lampshade frames to choose from and can have bespoke frames made to your requirements.
You can choose from my carefully selected fabrics, lining and trimmings or supply your own.
Some hand-sewn, soft lampshades can be designed and ordered using my "lampshade designer": please select the "shop" tab at the top of this page and follow the instructions - you can opt to supply your own fabric. If you prefer a different shape or size please make an appointment to visit the studio or telephone or email with your requirements.
Bespoke, hand-made rigid lampshades
My rigid, card-backed lampshades are made by hand, using specially-designed lampshade lining card including white; cream; semi-transparent; metallics; neons; coloured vinyls and double-sided (for contrasting fabric linings). They can be made using fabric or wallpaper for the outer: you can choose from my fabrics and trimmings or supply your own.
Rigid lampshades using ring-sets
Card-backed lampshades are usually made using ring-sets (available in a variety of shapes including circles, ovals, rectangles and squares). The outer is laminated onto the lining card before being inserted between the top and bottom rings, hand-rolled over the ring-set and folded at the seam.
Panelled, rigid lampshades on full frames
Some rigid lampshades are made with fabric laminated onto panels of lining card which are then individually attached to the frame. They can be made with fabric rolled over the top and bottom rings and self-trim covering the panel joins or with trim covering the top and bottom rings and joins.
A selection of hand-made, rigid lampshades can be designed and ordered using my "lampshade designer": please select the "shop" tab at the top of this page and follow the instructions - you can opt to supply your own fabric or wallpaper. If you prefer a different shape or size please make an appointment to visit the studio or telephone or email with your requirements.
A range of translucent diffusers is available at the studio. Diffusers can be left plain or covered with fabric to match, or contrast, your lampshade.
Lampshade repair service - re-covering, re-lining and restoring
Re-cover soft lampshades
Great shape? Great size? Shame about the colour? Get it re-covered! Your soft lampshade will be stripped and re-enamelled (if necessary). The re-covering is done in the traditional way: first the frame is bound and then the outer, lining and trim are hand-sewn to the frame.
Re-line soft lampshades or change the trim
Some soft lampshades look good on the outside but need a new lining - don't throw them out, get them re-lined. Perhaps your lampshade is in good condition but the old-fashioned trim is letting it down - it can be updated with a new trim.
Re-cover rigid (card-backed) lampshades
The ring-set or frame will be stripped, re-enamelled (if necessary) and re-used so your lampshade keeps the same fitting and is the same shape as before. Due to the way card-backed lampshades are made it is not possible to replace the card lining without replacing the outer.
Fabrics and trimmings
There is a good selection of carefully sourced fabrics and trimmings to choose from at the studio or you can supply your own "Customer's Own Material" (COM) if you prefer.
Ready-made lampshades, lamps and accessories
There is a limited selection of one-off, ready-made soft and rigid lampshades and pre-loved table and standard lamps available to buy at the studio.
Shade carriers in sizes from 4" - 12"; round pin plugs and other lamp and lampshade accessories also stocked.
Re-wiring, converting objects into lamps, Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
If you have an object you would like converted into a lamp, or if you have a lamp that needs re-wiring, please bring it to the studio. I am PAT certified and test most types of standard and table lamps.