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Topic: Art Deco Lamp " Flower Garden" Beaded Crocheted Shade With Mini Tutorial  (Read 7382 times)
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« on: February 07, 2012 02:00:01 AM »

Here's my Finished lamp!!! I LOVE the way it turned out. I am going to really enjoy this next to my PC!
   The "sock" was crocheted. then I added 2 metal rings, also crocheted- with #10 Dark Green cotton-and a 2.75 steel hook.
   THEN, came all the beading! I used up a lot of precious beads, most people would save for jewelry. I don't really think the photos do it justice. Well, Here it is....



  These are all glass beads,( A lot of them came from swaps!) except for the large flowers and shapes used on the fringe. Those are acrylic. I made everything, even the butterfly! The butterfly is x-stitch, and beaded. This lamp is about 18 inches tall, and lives on my desk.
  Thanks for checking it out! Karen
I AM NOW EDITING POST TO GIVE A QUICK TUTORIAL!
This was my Teaser Pic... showing the BEFORE and CROCHET Stages:

   I first crocheted a tight covering row around a 2 inch Brass Ring salvaged from a purse. Then, I worked a loose pattern in a circle, increasing until it was the size of the glass across the top. At that point, I just worked Double Crochets evenly until I had the length I needed, and finished the last row in a CH. 5 scallop, all around.
   Then, I made a long, attached chained crochet cord to pull it tight & wove it thru the scallops for a drawstring. I stitched a bead as a button to tie it with, since the shade needed to be removable.
   Next, I used a 5.25 inch metal ring and crocheted over it in Single Crochet, pulling stitches close together.
NOW FOR THE HARD PART:
   I cut lots of even lengths of the same cotton yarn, by wrapping over a file folder longways. I left the pieces double length. Using 2 strands at a time, I anchored them in the crocheted open spaces below the top ring in 12 places, all around; and a second set in another 12 spaces. One set was loosely tied around the large ring to hold it in place, and adjusted to the level I wanted the shade to end. The other set of long threads were left hanging, and later beaded.  
   The actual beading was done with a Split-Wire needle, and a sharp craft needle to sew in place on the lower wire ring. I separated the strings and beaded in a somewhat even pattern, mixing it up as I felt the need. I later cut the extra strings that were first used to hold the lower ring in place, since they were not needed any more, and I saw no need to bead it any heavier. It was a little hard getting the "spokes even", and I had to adjust them as I went.
   Then, I stitched a row of large beads around the top of  the shade- (Mostly hidden now under the flowers, but a little color still shows through.) and made the lower fringe. I used a lot of large #5 or 6 seed beads, and everything larger I could. Around the top, I sewed some strands of beads in loops to get a little layering.
   The  acrylic flower shaped beads and dangles are from Hobby Lobby, sold in bulk. They are the kind with 2 holes on the edges. On the fringe, I glued them back-to back, since they were turning backwards facing out. That solved the problem!  Then, with wire, I attached a few glass leaves to the bottoms of the largest dangles. The wire helps keep them from coming apart later, too.
   Finally, I sewed some crocheted/beaded flowers and a butterfly I made on top. The butterfly is a patch I designed for cross-stitching, and it is finished with felt on the other side. There are stitched on acrylic stones, and small seed beads on it. You really can't see the detail very well in these photos.
And I BARELY FINISHED with 2 hours to spare!
Here's a photo of the top of the crocheted part before it was beaded:

   Sorry the pic is a bit blurry! But, I think you get the idea!
 *This lamp does get hot, but so far it has not caught on fire! I will be buying a slightly lesser watt bulb next time I go shopping.
  Thanks so much for looking! Karen

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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2012 01:56:03 PM »

    ;)Almost Finished!  I'll be posting the finished item in a few hours! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2012 10:10:45 PM »

Shocked Shocked Shocked WOW!!!

stunning work on the lampshade  Grin it looks amazing and I just love the butterfly on the top. Perfect.
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2012 10:19:47 PM »

 Thanks, Kookie!  I really appreciate the WOWs!!! Some of my flowers went into this!  It is very happily next to me on my desk. This lamp is making me Feel Happy! And I almost scrapped the idea....
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2012 11:34:01 PM »

Super fun lamp - love all of the colors! It would make me happy too! I bet it looks fantastic with the light on!
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2012 09:51:55 AM »

 Thanks, DawnsTrees! It is really cool with the light on. Before the lamp was blinding on the desk, even with those small bulbs. Now, it is softly glowing, and the light shines thru the beads. I have a pole lamp if I need brightness, but most of the time a little is enough. The first 2 photos show it with the light on, the 3rd is with it off.
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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2012 10:48:28 AM »

i love this! so many colors and textures, it's pure happiness! Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2012 03:15:07 PM »

I had to pin this Karen, I love lights and I love your work.
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2012 03:39:38 PM »

 Oh, gosh now I'm blushing!  I'm so glad I finished it on time.... I almost gave up! It's right under the windowsill with all 8 of your framed inchies, LC!
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2012 04:20:08 PM »

gorgeous!
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« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2012 06:42:13 PM »

And your poppet envelope furniture are going in the doll house.  I love the creativity of this challenge. It is the best one I've seen since I've been on craftster.
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« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2012 08:26:35 PM »

 I can't wait to see your doll house, LC!   Wink
 This really is one of the best challenges on Craftster lately. I wish some more of the popular and immensely talent beaders and jewelry makers had shown up in this one!  Huh
  But I'm glad I pushed through and finished, even if it was just for my own
enjoyment.  After all, I get to keep it!  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2012 05:41:52 PM »

I may have to bead up Carissa's room. Can you share more  how you attached the beads and such. Yarn? Wire? I'm not asking for a tute, but would like to know how you were inspired to pull this all together.

ETA, I'm thinking this technique for curtains.
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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2012 05:59:05 PM »

 Ok! I'll be back... I have company for dinner! I will write a detailed account of how to make this!
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« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2012 10:36:45 PM »

 I just edited the first post. There is now a tutorial. You can adapt this idea to Suit Your Own Lamp!  You can even strip the fabric off a shade, and take it from there, adjusting to suit your particular shade.
I used # 10 crochet cotton, and a 2.75 steel hook.
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« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2012 09:16:50 PM »

That looks so cool Shocked
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« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2012 12:20:08 AM »

Thanks, crafty chic!  Smiley You can make one too! Just take the fabric off a small shade, and cover it with fabric, cotton yarn, or ribbon, and go for it!
This really is a lot of fun sitting here next to me! Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2012 06:18:05 PM »

Oh my Cheesy

Look at that! Every color in existence strung onto one crocheted lamp-sock. You *really* improved the look of that lamp

And can I just say how much the knitted and needlepoint pieces add to the whole effect. It really feels like I'm lying in a field of flowers when I look at it...majestic!

Just gorgeous, I  *honestly* love it  
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« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2012 07:54:23 PM »

Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to check out my post, and comment! This isn't the kind of thing I usually make~ It gave me an excuse to use up a huge stash of beads I really had no use for!  Loading it up with every
shape and color imaginable was really allowing myself some freedom I rarely put into anything!   It is exactly what I wanted it to be... Crazy! And, I LOVE The way it turned out.
Congrats to our obvious winner!
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« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2012 05:04:09 AM »

Well heck, the winner was awesome and meticulous work, but as I'm a lover of clutter (heck, a poet and don't know it) I loved that lamp.
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« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2012 11:44:46 AM »

 Thanks, LC! I'll leave it you in my "Will" ! 
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That is gorgeous! Cheesy
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