Lighting is so important. I hate bright glaring light. I like warm inviting light. I checked out under counter LED lights but rejected that idea for lots of reasons. I am an incandescent girl. That other stuff just doesn't make the right kind of light; even the warmest of the LEDs is cold to my eye.. Also, I want pools of light; LEDs don't do that.
We keep a small lamp on the counter that is always on. It has a 25 watt bulb. The lamp is pretty old and its shade has needed replacing for a long time. It was worn and dirty and frayed. These photos were taken after I removed the trim so I could remind myself of how the sewing was done. They also show the dirt and wear.
So I made my first lampshade. I carefully took apart the old one and used it to figure out how much fabric to use. It is all hand sewn (no glue) and that took a bit of time. It doesn't have trim yet (the trim hides the raw edges) but I am already pleased with how it looks.
The fabric isn't as dark and it lets out more light.
The lampshade isn't the only lighting change I have planned. I also ordered some fun little night lights from Amazon and Etsy but they aren't here yet. This is the fun stuff. I love figuring out how to make things a little better looking and better functioning.
Update: I finished the shade. I just turned the edge under and sewed it by hand. I did it that way because I liked the way it looks better than with trim. I like the pleats going to the edge.