Traditional Lampshade Making

Suitable for beginners and more advanced crafters.

One or Two-day weekend workshops. 10am – 5pm.

If you aspire to the luxury and elegance of lampshades that ooze class like a dowager, this is the workshop for you. Ian McQueen’s relaxed and friendly style of tuition will have you wishing you had taken to the sewing needle years ago. Ian is a City and Guilds trained craftsman who makes elegant traditionally built fine lampshades for interior designers and high end shops. Some are sophisticated – lined with silk so light glows through, some are dramatic statements bejewelled with vintage  adornments. All are hand stitched – not glued – so that they retain their shape and structure to give years of pleasure.

In Traditional Lampshade Making you can choose a wire frame and transform it into a bespoke home accessory for all to admire in your home. Select fabric from a basic variety we have available or bring along a piece of fabric to match your colour scheme at home. If you want to walk on the wild side, bring any fabric you want to upcycle give a new purpose. Students have even transformed an old pair of jeans into a striking, contemporary shade.

To further your Lampshade making repertoire try our more advanced Pleated Lampshades weekend workshop. Ideal for those who have completed our ‘Traditional Lampshades’ Workshop or if you like a challenge  or confident with hand sewing, this will be a great class to add more skills to your set. Boost the glamour of your boudoir with some fabulous hand pleated lampshades crafted with your own hands. Learn the magic of creating an elegant empire shade with a pleated top and a contrasting lining and to add some Va Va Vroom to your room with a scalloped edged coolie covered in two-tone organza or a suitable lightweight fabric or your choice. Transform your lights into a stunning show piece of home décor using semi sheer fabrics from simple cottons to chiffon and silk.

Depending on your own progress throughout the weekends there may be time to make more than one shade to take home with you. What you will definitely take home is some of the historical skills used by milliners and upholders (they were the stitchers who hung the tapestries on medieval walls). As well as the know how and route to suppliers you will learn how to make your own lampshades at home. No special machinery is required and only a little help from a simple sewing machine available at the centre.

The use of all tools and basic materials included. Please feel free to bring your own fabrics if you would to make something special (approx 1 metre for each shade).

I just wanted to let you know that I had an amazing time at the course last Saturday & loved every bit of the time I spent with you & the wonderful Tutor Ian.

mix and match drum and empire lampshade shapes

Start day Date Start time End time Course name Course length Price Good to Know Details Register
Sat 13/05/2017 10:00 17:00 PLEATED LAMPSHADE MAKING 1 or 2 days £175 Sew beautiful lampshades - no glue here! Details Register
Sat 15/07/2017 10:00 17:00 TRADITIONAL LAMPSHADE MAKING 1 or 2 days £175 Sew beautiful lampshades - no glue here! Details Register

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