Light Up Your Crochet: Vintage Doilies Recycled into Chic Lighting

Shannon South recycled doily lamp© Shannon South

Crocheted doilies are coming back with a vengeance. We've seen them resurrected from grandma's house and into street-smart graffiti, now designer Shannon South of upcycled handbag company reMade USA is prototyping this freshly chic and feminine pendant globe lamp, using vintage doilies.

Shannon South recycled doily lamp© Shannon South

Not only is the lamp itself neat, take a look at the intricate shadows cast by the light.

Shannon South recycled doily lamp© Shannon South

South details on her blog how it's been working out so far:

I’ve been collecting vintage crochet doilies for several months, with plans to make this pendant lamp. Finally, now that the holidays are over and things have slowed down a bit, I took the time to make my first prototype. There are a few things I need to work out, but overall I am very pleased with how it turned out. The shadows that it creates on the ceiling and walls are just gorgeous. If all goes well, I’ll add it to the reMade USA home line.

Shannon South recycled doily lamp© Shannon South

According to South, it can be done as a DIY project, but as of yet, she's still looking for eco-friendly and permanent hardener solution, as most glues don't hold permanently. Also, apparently wallpaper paste, fabric stiffener, or PVA glue are not appropriate for such a large structure. Regardless, it's a clever idea to turn fussy old crochet into gorgeous lamps, so we'll keep readers posted on further developments, and welcome comments below about your experiments.

See more of Shannon South's work on her website, reMade USA.

Tags: Lighting | Recycling | United States


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