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Melody Ryder Designs

Melody Ryder was born in Cornwall and grew up as part of a creative family. It was almost inevitable that she would go on to study textiles, graduating in 2003. It wasn’t until quite a few years later when her first daughter was born that she really found her niche in creating freehand machine embroidered designs.

Melody Ryder’s lampshades incorporate simple, elegant designs inspired by the coastal landscapes, footpaths and gardens from around West Cornwall. Her vision is to create beautiful and functional pieces for everyday use.

She adores living in Cornwall with her husband, three children and two dogs – Ruby the Collie Springer and Dottie the Chihuahua cross.

What is free-hand embroidery?

Freehand embroidery, also known as free machine embroidery, is an exciting sewing technique that offers a canvas for artistic expression. This approach enables you to use your sewing machine to produce intricate designs using various shapes and profiles. It allows you to draw with thread, bringing to life your creative vision with an effortless flow of movement. In the skilled hands of textile artist Lucy, freehand embroidery takes on a new dimension as she employs this method to fashion her textiles inspired by Cornwall’s natural beauty. Her sewing machine becomes a creative tool, allowing her to craft stunning pieces that capture the essence of this idyllic location in a unique and captivating way.

Melody Ryder Designs - Group of felt and machine embroidered lampshades (unlit)

Our Favourite Pieces

Each piece is beautifully handmade and unique, we have selected a few of our favourites to show you.

Melody Ryder Designs - Hedgerow felt and machine embroidered lampshade (lit)

Free-Hand Embroidered Wild Flower Lampshade

Every detail is meticulously hand-stitched, resulting in a breathtaking display of vibrant flowers blooming across the lampshade. The intricate needlework brings each petal and leaf to life, adding a touch of elegance and charm to any space. With its captivating design and expert craftsmanship, the Free-Hand Embroidered Wild Flower Lampshade collection is a true testament to the beauty and skill of handmade creations. This lampshade illuminates a space with its soft, warm glow and serves as a captivating centrepiece, adding a touch of art and elegance to any room.

Melody Ryder Designs - Pink Flamingos felt and machine embroidered lampshade (lit)

Free-Hand Embroidered Animal Lampshade

The Free-Hand Embroidered Animal Lampshade by Melody Ryder Designs is a true masterpiece combining artistry and functionality. Each lampshade is meticulously crafted by hand, showcasing exceptional talent and creativity. The intricate embroidery captures the essence of various animals, bringing them to life with vibrant colours and exquisite detailing. Whether it’s a majestic flamingo, a graceful peacock, or a playful fish, each animal is expertly rendered, evoking a sense of whimsy and wonder. Melody Ryder Designs has created a unique piece that will surely be cherished by those who appreciate the beauty of handcrafted art.


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