Once upon a time, when King Arthur ruled Camelot, there lived The Lady of the Lake. Centuries later, Sir Walter Scott wrote a poem about her. But in our time (since precisely 1998), we have the Lake Lady of the Lampshade. I know it sounds a bit bizarre, but in Pawlet, Vt., that’s how conditions are… (with apologies to Lerner and Loewe, “Camelot,” 1967). Judy Lake was dubbed the Lampshade Lady years ago, and the sobriquet stuck like the grosgrain trim on her custom shades. She had been fashioning lampshades for nearly a decade, selling them at crafts and antiques shows. When she and husband Carson settled in tiny Pawlet Village, she set up shop in a cottagey pink house with a sprout-green door. And thus was born Lake’s Lampshades.Velvet Shirts And Postcards Lake makes fabric shades from old and new yard goods but also from worn velvet shirts, vintage floral handkerchiefs and funky chenille bedspreads. The needlepoint project you never finished can get a life, transmuted via Lake’s alchemy into an illustrious shade. Vintage postcards or baseball cards can become personalized travel and sports mementos, lit from within. She makes lamp bases as we...