As long as you have a clear picture in your mind of the luscious textural sensuality of the mid-Victorian period, you can quickly and easily create a Victorian lamp shade.
The gas lamp with domed glass shades designed with a small opening at the top is the earliest Victorian lamp. Usually, Victorian lamps had many sides that are separated by vertical lines, like the struts in a corset. After electricity became common, lamp shades, dome-shaped, were made of fabric. Sometimes, the bottom edges of lamp shades were uneven and scalloped while the tops were tulip-shaped. Looking at the base of the lamp to choose your shape.
The Victorian palette is soft. Designers always choose pink, mauve, cream, sage, lavender and blue. You can cover mauve silk moiré with cream lace or alternate panels of different colored velvets and silks to make a deep mauve with cream which is one of the most classic Victorian color pairings. Actually, the more luxe the better. Don’t be afraid to play with texture and color.
Victorian lamp shades were usually made of velvet, silk and lace. You need to remember that you need extra fabric for any panels that will be pleated or gathered while drawing your lamp with colored pencils or crayons. You can sew Victorian lamp shades together or you can use a hot glue gun to achieve the same effect.
There were beads on Victorian lamp shades. Designers were sew seed beads, some smaller than sesame seeds to Victorian lamp shades. Draw your pattern on the lamp shade and color it in. Dilute a little water with white glue and apply it to the area where you want the beads. Shake clear seed beads over the wet glue. Use your fingers to gently press them. Sew the beaded fringe to the bottom of the shade or secure the beaded fringe to the bottom of the shade with hot glue. To add the sumptuous look, you can attach silk and satin rosettes.