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:: The One About Making Dyed Doily Lampshades

Found here. This looks pretty simple, no?! I think that’s watered down PVA glue? I am sure you could use ModPodge or other clear drying adhesives too!

Such a great result, methinks. I am loving the dyed doilies!  Do you want to make some of these?

xx Pip

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  • lee
    July 25, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    I've tried several ways to get a good, reliable, long-lasting fabric size. The best, after years of experimenting, is definitely the corn flour (cornstarch in the US). Rice and potato starches are great for adding to the final rinse of linens, sheets, and work shirts – but ONLY if you iron them!!!

    You will also want to seal your work really well to make it easier to clean and reduce the dust that sticks in the first place. Spray types are great because they dry quickly, aren't heavy enough to pull fabric out of shape, and doesn't hide the pattern of the crochet work itself.

  • Jada
    May 16, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    You could try using Resin, it comes in two bottles a resin and harder. Mix them together (follow packaging instructions) and it dries like clear plastic. Some places call it liquid glass.
    Stitch your doilies together place over the knotted end of the ballon, Hang the balloon up, make sure you wear gloves and paint the resin on the doilies with a paint brush, once the outside is set pop the balloon and paint the inside with resin. It takes about two days to dry and will be really messy if you use too much, but would make it very durable, you could wipe it clean and it would be heat resistant. I haven't used resin for this particular project myself so would be a bit of trial and error but I'm sure you could make it work. Maybe experiment on a small scale first as the resin can be expensive.

  • Miss Prudence
    May 16, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    very cute, but wouldn't the heat from the light bulb melt the glue and make the shape flop?

  • Heidi
    May 15, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    hey! its such a great idea but as yet i've failed every time…i got my directions from this link…any suggestions/tips would be great as i'd love to finally make one!
    http://dornob.com/diy-doily-light-simple-suspended-sphere-lace-lamp-shade/

  • Sarah Hinds
    May 15, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Paverpol is another thing you can use, I bought it from Zart Art. It's like pva but specifically used as a fabric stiffner. i've made a machined stitched hanging embroidery piece and used paverpol to stiffen the threads. great shade by the way.

  • Avital
    May 15, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    I've done this several times, and the very, very best thing to use is cooked cornstarch. You just put cold water in a pot and add corn starch. I use about 3/4 cup cornstarch to 4 cups of water and bring it all to a boil until it is very thick and clear-ish. Then you goop it on like paper-mache. It dries very hard and clear.

  • Jill
    May 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    I was only looking up doily crafts a few days ago! I found this too, I agree that it is nice.

  • Anonymous
    May 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Totes genius!

  • Reannon Hope
    May 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    I do love this, it's beautiful!!!

  • Adriana Christianson
    May 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Yuum, Indigo goodness !! My favourite flavour !

  • Michael - Innkeeper
    May 15, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Seriously, this is amazing! Absolutely love it! And the blue dollies are the perfect touch.

  • Ulrikke
    May 15, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    I want to make one!

  • Kat
    May 15, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    That is awesome! What a funky idea.

  • Candy
    May 15, 2012 at 6:59 AM

    I love the look of this! But I did try one like this, and ended up with just a big mess…or as I liked to call it, a "craftaster": http://candykins-crafts.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/craftaster.html

  • Kate
    May 15, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    Yes I do want to make some! They look fab, and it looks easy peasy!

  • Erika
    May 15, 2012 at 6:01 AM

    I love your version of this tutorial…I have seen it travelling around the web, but you really made it "yours"! ?

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