Step-by-Step Macrame Swag Lamp Shade

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Swag lamps were popular during the 1970s and featured a globe hung from the ceiling on a linked chain. You can breathe new life into an outdated lamp by making a macrame lampshade. Once the new lampshade is constructed and added to the old swag lamp, no one will ever be able to tell that it is not a new lamp.

Materials

  • Start the macrame lampshade by removing the glass from the globe and leaving the wire frame intact. Once the macrame is knotted to the frame, the lighting will show through the knots, creating unusual lighting.

    Purchase approximately 370 yards of 4-6 mm nylon, cotton, hemp or jute cord.

    Depending on the type of globe frame you have, it may be necessary to purchase one metal ring large enough to sit on top of the globe frame for attaching the macrame cord.

Instructions

  • Cut 44 lengths of cord, each 9 inches long. Fold each length in half and attach it to the top of the globe frame or the metal ring using a lark's head knot. To make a lark's head knot, drape the folded loop of the cord over the frame, pull the ends through the loop and tighten. There will then be 88 lengths of cord hanging from the frame.

    Begin anywhere. Using 4 cords, make a square knot by tying the two outside cords (right over left and under) around the two inside cords and tightening against the frame. Tie them again (left over right and through) to complete the square knot.

    Move to the next four cords and repeat the square knot. Continue until you have square knots all the way around the frame.

    Alternate the square knots by taking two outside cords from one square knot and two outside cords from the next square knot and making a square knot which will rest between the two above it. Continue this step all the way around.

    Continue making alternating square knots until the entire globe frame is covered with knots and hanging approximately three inches from the bottom of the globe.

Finishing

  • Complete the lampshade by dropping down the length of cord approximately one inch and making a final square knot with four cords again.

    Cut each cord to a desirable length for the fringe. Hang your new lamp from the ceiling.

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