YOP11 Week 47/52 – Felting seascape lampshades


I have a pattern to sew a top from handwoven fabric, but I thought before I make that I should try to make one out of some normal fabric to practice. So I ordered some tracing paper, to copy the pattern onto, some floral fabric, some bias tape to match the fabric and another one to match the fabric I’ll weave. I also bought some interfacing but realise I bought sew-on not iron-on, but think this will be ok for the commercial fabric.

I also ordered some yellow, white, blue and black cotton yarn! This is going to be a Minion themed tablet weaving band on my new inkle loom 😁


Well its definitely all been about felting this week. On Monday I laid out fibres for some 20cm, 25cm and my first 35cm lampshade.

I decided to do them all with the Highland seascapes, with a plan to do some landscapes next week. What I hadn’t realised is that’s me now totally out of stock of 20cm and 25cm shade kits. So I only have 2 x 35cm and 3 x 40cm kits left. For these I’m thinking of doing something slightly different.

Anyway, yesterday I dropped off the 3 x 20cm, 2 x 25cm and 1 x 35cm shades at the Alchemist Gallery in Dingwall. (Just off the North Coast 500 route if you are passing.)

I will order some new stock once the company get back to me with a quote for a bespoke pack. I’m going to try a couple of new things as well…more about that in a future post.

I hyperlapse recorded me laying out the fibres, felting and constructing one of the shades and I just need to edit those together.

In the meantime, here’s a link to a test video I did which shows me constructing one, time sped up (29 minutes work in 29 seconds!). This is available on Instagram (or it’s also on my Highlandheffalump Facebook page). When I edit the full version I will post on YouTube and link here.


My hands get tired from felting so not a huge amount of progress on my jumper. I’m still knitting the body. Trying to do at least 1 stripe a day.

Other News

There hasn’t been much time for anything else, but I did meet a friend for a dog walk with her puppy. Ylva doesn’t like most dogs but is often ok with puppies. She was really well behaved and only growled when he jumped up on her side which is fair enough. I kept her muzzle on as she can’t be trusted.

Brahan, the Glen of Imaal terrier, with Ylva.

This is a Year of Projects post.  Officially the Group is in its 11th year, but this is my 4th year participating.  If you would like to find more about the Year of Projects Group on Ravelry.  Year 11 list.


  1. That is a lot of lamp shades! Hopefully your needed frames will be back in stock soon. Your smart to make the top out of material first and then out of your woven fabric. Ylva did good with the puppy.

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    • I have some linen thread that I’m thinking of using as the weft and using cotton as the warp. I should test it really on my Sampleit but that means finishing or removing the project on there and I’m not sure I can be bothered but I dont know the shrink rate of the linen. Anyway I’ve traced the pattern and ready to make a material version and then will work out how wide to make my warp for the top.


  2. Always love your lampshades. Definitely going to have to watch the video now that life is getting back to normal. I’m anxious to start my ShipShape but it’s pretty far down the queue at the moment.

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  3. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate but you are really producing lots of product. My hands get tired from doing anything for a long perios of ti me so I have to switch between XS, crochet and knitting.

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