At Lucy Wagtail, lampshades of all shapes and sizes are carefully handmade in my Highland workshop including the ever-popular drum shape, coolie (or conical), square, rectangular and even polyhedron!
Some lampshades are made using refurbished frames which have been rescued from the impending doom of landfill! I take these waifs and strays and give them a new lease of life as a one of a kind, unique shade finished completely by hand. I often take this opportunity to let my creative genie out of the bottle and come up with some quite off the wall results! Well, they’re nothing if not unique!
Where frames have been refurbished this will be clearly stated in any listing in my shop.
All hard sided shades are made using a powder coated steel frame and the backing material used in our lampshades has been tested in the Lighting Association Laboratories and has passed the glow wire test, complying with BS EN 60598-1-2008, which is The British Standard for Luminaries.
Handmade in my small workshop in Inverness, in the Highlands of Scotland my shades are made with colour, texture and design in mind and using fabrics such as cotton, velvet, silk and the iconic “Harris Tweed”.
A wee bit about the Clo Mor (Gaelic for Big Cloth)
A historic brand of luxury 100% wool textile which has an Act of Parliament protecting its status and only tweed “Handwoven by the islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the Outer Hebrides, and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides” can be called Harris Tweed and bear the authentication label.
Visit the Harris Tweed Authority‘s website and find out more about the history of Harris Tweed.
I buy much of my tweed direct from the weavers in Harris and keep up to date with all the new tweeds that are being woven.
I have a variety of tweeds available at any one time and my supplies fluctuate according to the what tweeds the weavers in Harris are weaving, and have available, at the time.