Sunday, 4 November 2012

Handmade Monday 91

Welcome to another Handmade Monday.  Click the link to find out more.

Lots of things are still on my to-do list...but nothing seems to be getting completed!

I made a start on the lampshade for Craftseller magazine

making a pattern or making a mess?

but probably was more successful in making a mess than making a lampshade!  Still, I think I've got the basics of the pattern sorted.

On this one, I'm restricted by quite a specific brief, which in some ways is really good because it makes you think along lines you might never have considered.  I quite like that, once you've solved all the problems surrounding it!

it's a woodland theme

One of the problems is that I'm using paper for the lampshade (the papers they'll be giving away free in the magazine) so fire safety was a real issue that needed discussing and researching pretty thoroughly.  The fire safety issue will be addressed in the feature.

Another problem is that the papers are all just A4 size, so need some fairly creative joining!  I'm going for tree shapes stitched over the joins.

Also - and I've not fully worked this one out yet - I need to make some cut-out shapes in the shade.  I'm thinking falling leaves (the obvious choice for this time of year and no need to look far for inspiration!) but we'll see.  The cuts need to go through the adhesive safety backing too (my fingers are scared for their safety already!).

autumn leaves

I still haven't worked out a trim for the top and bottom of the shade.  That's rapidly becoming urgent and I doubt if I have anything in my stash.

Meanwhile, the owl is patiently awaiting being brought to life for Sewing World magazine ...

the fabrics and fastenings are from Guthrie and Ghani

Then there's a couple more commissions: an old picture frame to transform into a chalkboard to begin with, then some tatty old placemats need a creative transformation!

It all needs doing in the next week or two (with patterns and instructions written up too!).  This would all be ok - leisurely, even - if I didn't have anything else to do, but ... (you know what's coming, don't you?)  it's obvious over here that Christmas is on its way and people are making preparations!  It's making it difficult to fit in all the things I need to do - because all the gifts on my website are painted to order - and I know it will only get busier.

Anyway, it's time right now to enjoy a little break in the form of Handmade Monday - leave your link and enjoy seeing what everyone else is sharing too.  Don't forget to leave a few comments behind, especially where you've enjoyed someone's blog post - blog comments are always appreciated and often reciprocated.  Now where did I put my cup of tea?

Oh! I nearly forgot!  You still have time to enter my giveaway - click here to check it out - you could win pretty much whatever craft supplies you like!

22 comments:

Anne-Marie said...

Can't wait to see what trim you come up with! Been wanting to make a lampshade for ages, but it's always been one of those projects that gets put on the back burner, lol. Good luck!

Planet Penny said...

Gosh that lampshade looks a bit mind boggling! Cant wait to see the finished result!

Handbags by Helen said...

Can't wait to see the finished lampshade. Looking good so far.

CHRISTMAS PIE CRAFTS said...

The cut-out leaves sound a good idea and can't wait to see the finished owl too. Hope you have a good week.

Free Spirit Designs said...

sounds like you have a lot on Wendy!! The lampshade looks like a tricky project... i know what you mean though, sometimes restrictions can be very creatively inspiring! i look forward to seeing it all finished :)

you're owl is looking adorable... what a cutie! i love the fabric

good luck with all your Christmas orders... i guess the earlier they start coming in the better as far as you're concerned! x

Highland Monkey's said...

Goodness me you're busy. Like what you have done to the lampshade so far.Good idea to put them over the seams. Liking the owl so far.

Ali said...

The owl looks lovely can't wait to see the finished item. Ali x

Blue Forest Jewellery said...

That owl is really cute! Hope your busy week is not too stressfull.

Alison x

Carolee Crafts said...

The lampshade sounds intriguing but also frightening at the same time, a long time since I have recovered one and maybe long overdue.

Picto said...

I like the idea of the trees for covering the seams, it's true that sometimes restrictions make you think differently.
I love the owl fabrics, can't wait to see the finished pieces.

Jan x

Rebekah said...

Can't wait to see how your lampshape works out - I agree that the trees covering the seams is a grand idea :)

The Bathtime Team said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the finished lamp shade! And I'll be back for a read of other posts ... time to start work soon... Lesley x

Helen said...

Looks like you're going to be very busy! I love the fabric of the owl and cant wait to see it all complete. Hope you have a great week.

Made in Suisse said...

That lampshade challenge sounds...erm...very challenging! I am sure you'll crack it though (eventually...) :-)

Susie said...

The lampshade sounds awesomely cool. like everyone else I'll be excited to see how it works out. I've been AWOL so long I have so much catching up to do but it's good to be back. :)

tickledpinkcrafts said...

The lampshade is looking fab and I can't wait to see the owl. I think your week has extra days in it compared to mine as you seem to achieve so much!

AliceAndFlorence said...

I really like the colours of your lampshade, and the fabric choices for your owl! When do you find the time to sleep!
Wendy x

Little Harriet said...

Wow! Sounds like you have a busy time coming up! Good luck with all your projects, I am looking forward to see how the lampshade and owl turn out.

Simmi said...

Hiya, I've been reading your blog for a while and finally taken the plunge to join in!! Love the look of the lampshade - the trees are a brilliant idea to cover the joins :-) Can't wait to see how you finish it off!

Jenny said...

You sound so busy, hope you manage to fit everything in! I would love to learn how to cover my own lampshades.

Clare Lewis said...

Wow you are a busy bunny, like you i have a big to do list but I've not even started on it after my break. Can't wait to see the finished results to your lampshade.

Jam Dalory said...

I'm intrigued to see the finished result! Good luck with getting everything finished on time. x