I followed the steps for this tutorial although I did end up making a couple of changes that suited my method and made sense to me. Here we go!
|Ahh, the trusty plain IKEA lampshade...so versatile!|
|When you're ready to begin the second color simply apply a small dot of glue where it will start and wrap the two colors around together a couple of times. Don't cut anything just yet!|
|This is the front. Don't worry about the odd bump you may find here or there as you can easily smooth them out with your fingers and a little pressure.|
|The finished product!|
|It's interesting to me how much it looked and felt like the yarn was pushed closely together but as soon as light appears you see all of the cracks.|
There you have it. A completely redone lampshade in about an hour's time. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.
Tips & Tricks:
- Really, really, really be sure that you're keeping the strands of yarn close to each other. It's easy to get caught up in how quickly you can go and forget to take this time. Yes, you can do some of it at the end but it turns out much smoother if you work as you go.
- If you don't want to see very many gaps between strands of yarn try not to place any glue down at all (with the exception of the first strand of course) until you have seen what it will look like with light and pushed everything as close together as you'd like it to be.
- Don't be afraid to use more glue if you need to. The original tutorial called for hardly any glue at all but I found I needed more. Even when I look closely I can't tell where I put dots of glue so don't be afraid that they'll show through.
- Keep your skeins of yarn inside the lampshade as you work. I found it to be much easier to pull as I needed yarn even at the places where colors are changing out as opposed to the original tutorial where it is suggested you loosely wrap a couple of rows and then work with them.
Thanks for reading and happy crafting!