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The Lamp Project

There are two kinds of light – the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.

~James Thurber


One of the first big projects I took on this term for my fibre class was felt making. Our class had such a wide variety of things, needle felted critters, clothing, hats, even a needle felted wall hanging. I stuck to wet felting and chose to make a very gauzy, delicate fabric and turn it into a lamp shade. Glass beads are hand stitched on while edges and spines of the shade are embroidered. The lamp I gave no real thought to liking when I was done now sits on the fireplace in my bedroom and I love it.

While everyone was throwing around ideas for their feling projects I was wracking my brain for something a little less traditional. The memory of my mother making lampshades when I was a kid popped into my head and I took it and ran. My teacher tried to steer me in the direction of figurines, clothes or even an iphone case, items along the lines of the rest of the class members, but those didn't make me even half an ounce eager to get to work.

Sometimes going into thing completely blind is perfect. “How hard could it be?” was one thought I had when thinking about a shade. Well, this was a much more time consuming project than I had ever contemplated. Had I had an inkling of what I would put into it I may have chosen differently, so thankgoodness for being blissfully ignornat (thought even now I would do another).

When turned on it glows softly and has such a great feel to it.
I went into this with nohing more than the desire of a challange to do something less traditional and I eneded up with a huge feeling of accomplishment and love it. It still puts a smile on my face each time I walk past it.



  1. It’s beautiful, Brianne! Good for you, not being swayed by your teacher trying to steer you away from your own personal promptings. And now all that richness of meaning and memory is woven into your lamp, making it that much more special and beautiful. “How hard can it be” has more than once helped me to discover that I’m capable of a lot more than I think. Great words to live by, as an artist or in general. You should be proud of your work (so I’m glad you are)! XO

  2. It is absolutely adorable. Lovely colours, nice design, cool details. And the joy that it brings you is the cherry on top. 😀

  3. I love it. It feels so good and so powerful to say, “No” to what someone else wants you to do and to following your own creative instincts. I am so glad that you stayed true to what you wanted to create. Your lamp is beautiful and the fact that it brings back wonderful memories makes it just that much more special. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

  4. I absolutely love this lampshade. The colors, the textures and the stitching are so unusual.and creative. You were right to stay true to you instincts. You are right to be proud of yourself on so many levels!

  5. Absolutely beautiful!!!! Great job!

  6. WOW! I love this lamp shade! It looks super amazing and I think you did a great job. The colour and patterns looks great, and I love the beads as well :)

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