Make Your Own Italian-Style Rustic Linen Lamp
At Remodelista when we find inspiration from a stylish home accessory, we often try to recreate the look with our own sources. These oversized lanterns with rustic raw linen shades piqued our interest. Spotted in this interior designed by Orietta Marcon, the Lampade Bigger shade measures about 20 to 24 inches in diameter and is made from hand-finished linen fabric. Here are our sources and instructions below for making a similar lamp.
Above: Marcon’s installation in an open stairwell; the natural linen filters bright light from naked pendant bulbs.
Above: The look during the day. To see more of Marcon’s work visit Designer Visit: Civico Quattro in Vicenze.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- 60 inches of thick, silver wire: 16-Gauge Silver Plated Wire; $3.81 for 9.8 feet from Amazon.
- Wire cutters, pliers, strong tape.
- 2 yards of rough, organic linen sold by the yard: Linen Gifts’ Lithuanian Linen on Etsy ($19.49 for a 55-by 39-inch piece; you can also order custom lengths).
- A sturdy cotton thread like Gutermann Red Cotton Thread for $8.89 from Amazon.
- A white or black Ikea Hemma Cord Set ($5 each) or the Khaki Houndstooth Extension Cord for $39 from Schoolhouse Electric.
- A bulb such as Schoolhouse Electric’s A19 Silver Tip Bulb 60 Watt for $5.
- At least 26 inches of cotton string: White Cotton 10-Ply Medium String for $4.16 from Amazon.
- Cut the length of wire to 60 inches, make a circle by overlapping the ends just a bit and taping them together (you can use electrical, floral, or duct tape for this).
- From your 2 yards of linen, you’ll need about 64 inches: 60 to 61 inches to cover the circumference, and 2 to 3 inches for a healthy seam allowance. Moving slowly around the wire, hand-stitch the fabric until the two ends meet up.
- Using a sewing machine, sew the hem (using the red thread) down the side (you can even go with a French seam if you’re savvy with sewing), leaving about an inch open at the bottom for a little movement. Then finish the bottom of your fabric with another red hem.
- Center your pendant cord (Ikea’s has instructions for proper centering) and tie your string from the cord through the diameter of the circle, attaching on both sides. Hang the cord from a ceiling hook or as desired.