Traditional Lampshades

Suitable for beginners. Enjoyable for all.

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

If you aspire to the luxury and elegance of lampshades that ooze class like a dowager, this is the workshop for you. Even if you have never stitched in your life, 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.

Ian has agreed to teach a special weekend workshop where you will choose a wire frame and transform it into a bespoke home accessory for all to admire in your home. You can select fabric from a basic variety we have available or bring along a piece of fabric to match your colour scheme. If you want to walk on the wild side, bring any fabric you want to give new life. Students have even transformed an old pair of jeans into a striking shade.

Depending on your own progress 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.

Come for the first day and get a taster, or join us for the full weekend to get a comprehensive guide to lampshade making.

Day 1. Saturday. Making a firm drum  lampshade. Using a supplied frame, you will learn how to stitch reinforced fabric onto a frame using a traditional stitch.

Day 2. Sunday. Lining a curved shade. Using your new skills, you will learn how to make a lined lampshade.

The use of all tools and materials are included. We have additional assorted frames for sale, as well as a small range of vintage trimmings for you to make more lampshades at home. 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.

pinned and ready to sew lampshades at The Goodlife Centre dramatic shot silk lampshades pinned before stitching is started

Start day Date Start time End time Course name Course length Price Good to Know Details Register
Sat 16/09/2017 10:00 17:00 TRADITIONAL LAMPSHADE MAKING 1 or 2 days £175 Sew beautiful lampshades - no glue here! Details Register
Sat 21/10/2017 10:00 17:00 TRADITIONAL LAMPSHADE MAKING 1 or 2 days £175 Sew beautiful lampshades - no glue here! Details Register

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