I need to lampshade this trope. No, seriously, lampshade.
November 28, 2012 7:12 AM Subscribe
I want to make a jute lampshade, or rather, several trapezoidal pieces of jute stretched over wood frames that will act like a lampshade. I know almost nothing about jute, or lampshades, but plenty about wood.
posted by Alterscape to home & garden (1 answer total)
I really like the look of this lamp
, but I want to build a not-quite-similar thing on my own. I can find jute/burlap online, but I have no idea how to specify "I want thin, loosely-woven jute that will transmit light like that, not thick, tightly-woven jute like a burlap sack." Is there a word for that? Or should I just hit up a local fabric store with a flashlight and fiddle with what's on-hand?
Also, no idea how to best stretch the fabric over the frame, once I make the frame. I'm thinking if I look at how artists stretch canvas, I should get a fairly good idea, but that method assumes you wrap the canvas around the frame, which I'm not 100% sure I want to do — that lamp looks like the fabric is just stapled/glued to the structure of the lamp, which may be not-a-bad-idea.