In this post I’m sharing all the details of my free how to make a cross stitch lampshade class.
This idea has been rattling around for a while but all of the details took a while to iron out. We’re almost crease-free though so it’s time to share!
On Monday, December 16th at 9 pm (GMT time) I will be posting the class in my Facebook group and sharing how to make a cross stitch lampshade.
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I was thinking of doing this class live, but I want to be there to answer your questions in real-time and I didn’t want the tech failing on us. So instead I will be recording the video (which will be slide shares with really detailed photos and instructions) and scheduling it to go live in the group at 9pm GMT.
Then we can all watch and make together and I will be there to answer questions as we go. And this also means that you can pause and rewind and rewatch parts if you need to.
Now you might be thinking why this date? It wasn’t just randomly pulled out of thin air. This is the day after the Christmas stitch-a-long finishes and I am using the design to make this lampshade (more details on what you need below).
And I thought maybe some of you would like to do this too! You can join the North Pole Stitch-a-Long now or read more about it here.
(If you’re not sure what a stitch-a-long is I have a blog post explaining what they are that you can read).
And it also happens to be the date I’m planning to launch my new E-book. This lampshade class will be like a little peek of what you will find inside it. You can keep up to date with the progress of the E-book by joining my email community here.
What you need to join the cross stitch lampshade class:
- 20cm lampshade making kit* (please check it has been safety tested. The one linked has been tested and passed the glow wire test carried out by the Lighting Association).
- 25×10 inch fabric (I recommend evenweave and the bigger the piece the better).
- A pattern stitched in the center of your fabric.
- Some weights (I used books).
- A cutting board.
- A rotary cutter* (optional – the one linked is the one I have and it makes cutting fabric so much easier).
- A sewing machine (optional – to secure the edges of your fabric before stitching).
- Fray Check* (optional – same as above, to secure the edges of your fabric before stitching).
- A lamp (optional depending on how you are using your shade).
I already have a blog post with this tutorial on and I recommend doing steps 1 and 2 before coming to the class. These are preparing your fabric (so using fray check or a sewing machine to secure your edges) and stitching your design in the centre.
Coming to the class with these 2 done means that you can actually make the lampshade right there during the class.
How the class works
All that you have to do is show up in the facebook group at 9pm on the 16th December with your lampshade kit and fabric (preferably with a design already stitched on it) and watch the video!
As it’s hosted on Facebook you will be able to comment under the video with any questions and I can reply directly to you. I will be in the group the entire length of the video plus a bit longer in case you have to pause for any reason.
Now, a little note about pausing. I do recommend trying not to do it if you can. Watching in sync with everyone else will keep us all on the same page and you can always re-watch it again. I will be leaving time throughout the video for you to do the step before I move onto the next one too which will hopefully reduce the need to pause it yourself.
The video will stay up until 10.01.2020 and it will then be deleted from the group.
By the end of the class you should have your very own handmade, cross stitch lampshade that you can put up over Christmas (if it’s a Christmas themed one) or keep up forever!
If you have any questions from now until we start please just ask!
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