tie the knots to make our unique lamp­shade

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This project can be made us­ing a va­ri­ety of dyes and hues – it’s over to you – but the same rules ap­ply to achieve that gor­geous colour gra­di­ent.

What you’ll need

Craft Tee re­cy­cled t-shirt yarn (avail­able from Spot­light) Lamp­shade frame (re-pur­posed or avail­able from Spot­light) Scis­sors Spray bot­tle filled with wa­ter In­dian Ink or fabric dye Shal­low dish/con­tainer for dye Small paint­brush for touch-ups

Knot­ted steps

1 Start by mea­sur­ing out lengths of cot­ton yarn. Make your pieces 6 times the length of your cho­sen frame. This will give you enough to al­low for all the ties and knots. The num­ber of pieces you need will be de­ter­mined by the cir­cum­fer­ence of your lamp frame. 2 Fold a piece of cot­ton yarn in half. Wrap the folded end over the top ring of your lamp­shade. Thread the ends down through the loop and and pull tightly (see pic A). This will se­cure the cot­ton yarn on the lamp­shade frame and give it a nice tidy edge. Re­peat with other strips of yarn to cover the en­tire top cir­cle of your lamp­shade frame. 3 There will be two pieces of yarn hang­ing from each knot. Take one strand from each of two ad­ja­cent knots and tie to­gether in a sim­ple knot ap­prox­i­mately 5cm from the top (pic B). Pull tightly to hold in place (pic C). 4 Con­tinue all the way around un­til you’ve com­pleted your first row. Check that all the knots are about the same height from the top. Re­peat this method all the way to the bot­tom of the frame, com­plet­ing one cir­cu­lar row at a time and check­ing the dis­tances be­tween knots. This method should cre­ate a di­a­mond shaped gap be­tween your knots (pic D). 5 Once you reach the bot­tom (pic E) sep­a­rate the two strands from each knot and loop around the base ring of your lamp­shade (pic F). Bring to­gether again and tie them as you would a shoelace (pic G). Re­peat un­til all pieces are at­tached to the base. When do­ing this you can pull down the knot­ted strands to give your lamp a firmer shape (pic H). 6 Us­ing the same method as in step 3, tie ad­ja­cent strands from each knot to­gether and pull the knot up to fill in gaps around the base ring. Once com­pleted, you can trim the ends to your de­sired length.

Om­bre method

Now that your lamp has taken shape, it’s time to get the per­fect hue. 1 Work­ing from the top, spray a third of your lamp­shade with wa­ter. 2 Mix a so­lu­tion of wa­ter and In­dian Ink to cre­ate a grey colour (ap­prox­i­mately 1 part ink to 2 parts wa­ter). If you like, you can use some cut-off pieces of yarn to ex­per­i­ment and test the depth of colour. Pour the so­lu­tion into a shal­low dish, then turn your lamp up­side down and dip the top into the dye. The dye will start to creep up the cot­ton yarn. It will con­tinue to run into the wet yarn even af­ter the lamp has been re­moved from the so­lu­tion, so you don’t need to leave it in the dye for very long. You can spray more clean wa­ter onto your lamp if you need the colour to bleed a lit­tle more. 3 Set the lamp­shade aside to dry slightly or just un­til the dye has stopped mov­ing. Use a brush to touch up any missed ar­eas. 4 Dis­card the re­main­ing grey dye and then pour 100 per cent In­dian Ink into your shal­low dish. Quickly dip the top ring again, tak­ing it out as soon as the top cot­ton loops are cov­ered in ink. 5 Set aside to dry com­pletely, then add a bulb to light it up!

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