Asked on Oct 17, 2014

Button Lampshade--To Line or Not to Line?

Nancy Gramm
by Nancy Gramm
Firstly, this is my very first posting on Hometalk, so bear with me, please.
Second, I've been wanting to do a button-covered lamp shade for some time. When I found a shade that looked as if it would work, I decided to forge ahead. (If, that is, one can define "forging ahead" as taking forever to complete.)
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This is what the original lampshade looked like: just the top layer, no lining.
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Here it is, button-covered (Or at least, mostly. There's still a patch on the backside that needs to be done. But I'll get there soon, or eventually, or one of these days; take your pick.)
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Here's the underside, stitches showing. So the question is: should I line? I bought the china silk and made a pattern before I began stitching on the buttons so I'm prepared to do so. My hesitation comes from the fact that normally in making lampshades, I pull the lining around the frame to the front and glue it, then add the top layer over that with the joining covered by the trim. In this instance, I'd either have to try to glue the lining as much beneath the underside trim as possible or turn under a hem and stitch it on. (No fear of the hem showing through to the front when the light's on because of all the buttons.)
So, if you were considering buying such a creation, would you prefer it lined or would you be satisfied with it not?
Thanks in advance for any and all help.
For further details, see my blog post about it at
  6 answers
  • Anita toney Anita toney on Oct 18, 2014
    Personally I like seeing the stitching but it does need to fit in with surrounding decor awesome job

  • House Of Hawthornes House Of Hawthornes on Oct 18, 2014
    Wow, that must have taken you forever to stitch them all in there. Great job! I think lined??? But I could really go either way.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Oct 19, 2014
    BEAUTIFUL! Great Job! It is perfect! I would love to see it with the light on!

  • Nancy Gramm Nancy Gramm on Oct 19, 2014
    Thanks for the comments. I decided to do a test run on the lining with muslin. Once I have one stitched up, I can tell whether I'll be able to glue it on or must stitch. And Jeanette, yes, how it looks with the light on must be a determining factor. I'd thought of using a pink silk to line it, but found a white China silk for six bucks a yard and pink would have cost almost double. Pink under white fabric has a lovely glow when lit but I'm not sure it would matter under the buttons. Maybe I'll die a swatch and see what that looks like with the light on. Great suggestion!

  • Li'l megs Li'l megs on Mar 08, 2015 <3 this... xxxx

  • Li'l megs Li'l megs on Mar 08, 2015
    btw - I would line it if it was visible xxxx

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    • Li'l megs Li'l megs on Mar 08, 2015
      @Nancy Gramm heheh I am the same - to many ideas and deffo ADD !!! I have delusions of doing some button work and beaded lampshades - we have shops here where you can buy the fringe - beaded ribbon and I still haven.t done it !!!! xxxx ( I wouldn't line it if nobody could see it xxxx)