Swathed gathers and rolled roses - a masterclass
This glorious lampshade making class incorporates several very specific and useful lampshade making skills, including: making a tailored lining from a template; creating swathed gathers (more informal than their pleated cousins and, we think, a little bohemian); and making hand-rolled fabric roses.
Over the two days students will: bind their shade; hand-stitch their gathered fabric to the frame; line the shade and then embellish it with hand rolled roses and a pretty bias binding trimming. Students will be provided with a medium empire shade to work on. Due to the complex nature of the skills being learnt, students will all work on a medium-sized empire drum shade, however they are very welcome to bring in future projects for discussion and planning.
Who's it for? The class is suitable for novice lampshade makers and confident sewers.
Which fabrics are best?: We find that cotton and linen muslins, which are loosely woven and floppy in nature, work very well indeed. Silk chiffon also works well, and will give a different look. Students are welcome to bring their own, and we will have a selection of these fabrics available for use, although colours will be limited.
Important note: Shirtweight cottons, linens and lawns, which are tightly woven, will not handle well as they will not take to being twisted around the frame.
What is provided? We will provide each student with a medium sized empire shade to work on. We will also provide binding tape, and lining fabrics in shades of white and cream. Pins, needles, sewing threads and sewing machines will all be available for use.
What to bring? Students will be provided with suitable shade frames. There is no need to bring alternatives but if you have something you are planning to work on in future, you are welcome to bring it for discussion. Suitable fabrics will also be available for use for those students who do not bring their own. Students are encouraged to bring their own haberdashery kits, simply because most of us like to use our own things.
We will keep your creativity fuelled plenty of tea, coffee and home made cake. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch or may prefer to make the most of the Field Kitchen, which is just next door.
Class duration: Two days. 9.30am to 5pm.
Forthcoming dates: 22nd and 23rd May 2020 SPACES AVAILABLE
Suitability: All skill levels
To book your place, email firstname.lastname@example.org We will be able to answer all your questions about your plans for your lampshade and will give you payment details, either via bank transfer or cheque. Your booking will be confirmed on receipt of the £xx deposit.
We reserve the right to cancel this course should we have insufficient bookings. Should we have to cancel, we will aim to give you 10 days notice and will fully reimburse you.