The 14-foot ceilings in Michele Dopp's new Brooklyn apartment gave it a spacious, breezy feel, but finding the right lighting to suit would require a subtle hand. "We needed a fixture in the bedroom that was visually light," says the textile designer and founder of Fabric and Steel, "but we were having a hard time finding what we wanted." No surprise she turned to fabric. Her husband picked up an inexpensive drum shade that they took apart, put back together with tomato vine stakes to make it larger, and then covered with a spare yard of linen left over from one of her designs. The result—a casual, fabric-covered hoop lamp that's proportionate to the tall ceilings but not too heavy for the intimate space—came together seamlessly and could be easily recreated even if you aren't a textile designer. Here's how to make one yourself.

-Two 16-inch lampshade rings, one top (has a washer in the middle) and one bottom (just a ring). Alternatively, yes, you can start with a 16-inch drum shade and take it all apart like Michele did, but starting with just the parts is cheaper and easier.-Three 24-inch tomato vine stakes-epoxy putty-a yard of linen fabric (or, sure, a flat sheet you've got on hand)-a rubber band

1. Create the frame. Tomato vine stakes are long and skinny with a tiny loop at one end, so do as Michele did and hook that part right over the top lampshade ring (the one with a washer in the middle). Secure them equal distances apart using a dab of epoxy putty, and let cure. Now secure the bottom lampshade ring to the ends of the three stakes using the putty, creating a frame for your fabric.

2. Cover in fabric. Glue one edge of the fabric to the top ring so that the lamp is open at the top, then let it drape down around the frame (it may help to hang the lamp over an existing pendant bulb while you work to make it easier). Gather the fabric at the bottom of the shade and secure with a rubber band or some ribbon. Trim any excess. That's it!

3. Install and turn it on. The shade can be installed over a simple pendant bulb that comes down from the ceiling. Simply undo the fabric at the bottom of your shade, thread the bulb through the top ring's washer, and re-secure the fabric with a band before hanging the cord from the ceiling. Michele recommends using an LED bulb so that it doesn't put off too much heat under the linen.

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