Making a Victorian Lampshade & Modern Lamp

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A fun step-by-step photo essay of the making process I engaged to create this beautiful lamp with hand-dyed silk, handstrung beads, and hand painting.

The "making" process in video format! "May Queen" Victorian lampshade and modern lamp, handmade by Crystal Hayes at

Victorian Lampshade by Crystal Hayes

The finished product! Beautiful, whimsical, and joyful! Handmade Victorian lampshade with hand-dyed silk, couture lace, hand-strung beads and painted by hand!

It all starts with a nice white silk underlayment.

Dyed fabric is on and ready for the next layer!

The beautiful couture lace with beads, sequins and embroidery is ready to go!

Adding the handstrung beads!

Victorian Lampshades by Crystal Hayes

All lit up and pretty!

Victorian lampshades by Crystal Hayes

Just stunning color and textures!

Victorian Lampshade by Crystal Hayes

A nice peek at the details!

Handstrung beads by Crystal Hayes

Every single bead is strung by hand---one by one!

Victorian lampshade

Seamless color fade!

Victorian Lampshade by Crystal Hayes

The colors of joy!

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  • Leslie Leslie Yesterday

    Hi Crystal, I was intrigued by the heading so I read on. This project could have ended up looking so badly and "kitchy" in the wrong way but, I was so surprised to see that your color sense, your adding of the lace, beads and especially the more modern looking lamp base is absolutely gorgeous. Everything flowed into each other. You have a great eye and I appreciate that. Thank you for sharing.

  • Thank you, Leslie! I appreciate your feedback. I don't usually use modern lamp bases but this lamp base seemed to fit quite well with the shade, and was more affordable for the customer who commissioned the project. 🙂