I’m so happy that craft is all-pervasive these days and just to prove the point, I’d like to show you these groovy knitted lampshades created by Helen Taylor of Ose Designs
Their curvy, organic shape makes them a really quirky addition to the home (is it me or do they remind you of little toadstools or top hats?). Helen, a life-long maker and do-er, developed the design one day after she stretched a tube of knitting over an old lampshade frame. She loved the asymmetric shape, as did her friends, and you could say she had a bit of a light bulb moment (ho ho!).
Now we all know what happens when caution is thrown to the wind and jumpers are flung over nearby lamps (or the less adventurous among us can imagine) but fear not, the design has been rigorously tested and complies with the British Standard for Safety, meeting fire safety requirements.
Thanks to Helen’s background working in sustainability, the lamps are also knitted from yarns chosen for their lower environmental impact such as recycled materials, silk and linen. Likewise, the simple wooden bases are made from chunks of oak wood that is FSC certified.
Both pendant and table/standard lampshades are available to buy from www.radiancelighting.co.uk