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The Complete Lampshade Course

Learn all the core skills in a fabulous four-day creative masterclass


Creating bespoke lampshades is one of the most challenging and rewarding interior crafts and a way of adding impressive and beautiful feature pieces to any room.​

   This four-day specialist course has gained a reputation as one of the best ways for lampshade makers to learn a repertoire of skills to a professional level. Join lampshade maker, author of best-selling book Sewing Lampshades and teacher Joanna Heptinstall for a creative workshop concentrating on mastering the three main lampshade making techniques: tailored; gathered and pleated. ​


About the course

The Complete Lampshade Course is friendly, industrious and creative, and everyone is taught to a professional standard. Whether you are a beginner to sewing or professional soft furnisher, you will be encouraged develop your creative style, and will take home three impressive handmade shades and the skills to make many more. ​We have a maximum of 12 students and Joanna is supported by an additional lampshade tutor.

Day one

We will begin with possibly the most useful technique, making a fitted cover for a tailored lampshade. You will learn core skills such as binding, stretching and pinning your cover to a perfect fit, hand stitching, and all-important pattern cutting skills.

Day two 

With tailored shades fitted with a balloon lining and trimmed with braid, we'll move on to pleated lampshade making skills. You will learn how to measure up and calculate for pleats and hone your skills on a knife-pleated French drum shade.

Day three

You'll learn how to fit an informal pleated lining and finish with the lampshader's incredibly useful bias trimming. Once complete we'll move on to gathered lampshades.

Day four

The final day is spent finishing the gathered shade and discussing good lampshade design, supplies and how to develop your new skills. As you work we will discuss ways each technique can be brought forward to create more unique and bespoke shades.

Masterclass intervals 

Throughout the course we hold short ‘masterclass technique’ sessions, where we demonstrate advanced lampshade making skills, including: handmade frills, edges and detail; layering trimmings for creative impact; using dye to hand colour your own fabric and trimmings.

Our aim is that you leave well equipped for many years of inspired lampshade making. With four days together, this course is great if you have a long way to travel.

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