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Victorian Beaded Lampshade
Beaded Fringe Adds Life to a Lampshade

Lynne Quinn posted some pictures of her Victorian Beaded Lampshade a while back that have brought a ton of e-mails asking her to share her beaded lampshade secrets. Not surprising seeing as how it's absolutely gorgeous! She has very kindly allowed me to help her share her knowledge of this beading technique with you. Thanks Lynne!

The first thing you'll need to do is get yourself a lamp shade. You can either use a pre-made one, or cover your own. This beading technique uses a pre-made lampshade, but if you want to cover your own, you can usually find lampshade frames in antique and second hand stores. Or, take a look at the lampshades in a discount store to see if they have frames within the shade, If they do, you may be able to remove the paper and use wire to bead around the spokes.

A Tip From Lynne: If the metal frame is not plastic covered, be sure to cover it. I used a special plastic like florist ribbon, but satin or cotton ribbon would do the same thing.

Once you have a shade you'd like to use, you will need to purchase a length of trim long enough to wrap around the bottom edge of your shade. Lynne used trim that looks like this:

You will want to use something similar for several reasons. It will need to be strong enough to support your fringe, and this particular trim has loops that will help regulate the spacing between each beaded fringe. You could use a trim with a straight edge, but you will have to work out the spacing yourself.

Measure the trim to fit around the lamp shade and cut it at an angle between loops like this:

Don't attach the trim to the lampshade quite yet. First we will add a row of beaded picot around the bottom edge of the trim. Lynne used 2mm pink round beads for this, the beads you choose to use should match the scale of your trim so that 3 beads fit comfortably between the loops. Using a standard size 12 beading needle and size D Nymo, knot your thread as you normally would for sewing and sew down through the back of the trim coming out through the bottom center of the first loop.

NOTE: When I say "sew through the loop" I mean sew through the actual fabric of the loop, not through the hole.

Pick up 3 beads and sew up through the bottom of the next loop to the right. Go back down through the bottom of the loop and down through the 3rd bead. To continue, pick up 2 beads, go up through the next loop, back down through the loop and through the second bead. Continue along the entire length of the trim.

Using clear fabric glue or a hot glue gun, attach the trim to the bottom edge of your lampshade. Try to align the loops so that one of them is centered over each "corner" (where two panels of the shade meet) of the frame. Then complete the final beaded picot by picking up one bead and going up through the first bead you added.

Continue up through the loop, back down, and through the bead again. Go down and to the right through the next bead and you are ready to start adding the beaded fringe.

Attach each fringe by stringing the fringe beads, skipping the "turn" bead and going back up through the rest, then going through the next horizontally aligned bead.

Designing the Fringe:
Start by visiting your local bead store and buying a small amount of the beads you think you will want to use in your fringe. Go home and decide on the sequence you will use and figure out exactly how many of each bead you will need to complete the project by multiplying the number of each kind of bead in each fringe by the number of loops in the trim. Then go back to the store and buy that many plus extras in case you lose or break a few. Don't wait too long though! If you do, the beads you wanted may no longer be available.
The following diagram and key show the sequence of bead colors and sizes that Lynne used to create her fringe.

For each "corner" fringe Lynne substituted one round 6mm clear AB bead and one clear AB crystal teardrop for the 6mm clear crystal that normally ends each fringe.

You may wish to start your design process with a similar sequence. Alter the length by adding or removing sets of beads (such as the sequence 3 seeds, 1 gold, 1 round,1 gold,3 seeds) or by using longer or shorter bugles.
A Tip From Lynne: Get a piece of beading wire and string your beads onto that to get an idea of how and where to place the beads for the dangles, this makes it easier in the long run, otherwise you are always pulling it apart and it doesn't look nice.

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