TRADITIONAL & MODERN LAMPSHADE MAKING

Suitable for beginners. Enjoyable for all.

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 and simple in Ikat or Linen. All are hand stitched – not glued – so that they retain their shape and structure to give years of pleasure.

During a one day workshop  you can choose between working on a drum or a curved empire shape. You will learn how to take a wire frame and transform it into a bespoke home accessory for all to admire in your home. We use a 10 inch diameter ‘Drum shade’ for the ‘Stiff’ technique- reinforcing the shaped fabric with a adhesive plastic backing and a 12 inch diameter straight Empire frame to make a lined or unlined shade. If you want to learn how to get a pleated effect, you can use either wire frames to sew your own creation.

You can select fabric from a basic variety we have available or bring along about a metre 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.

The process is fun but meticulous so there usually only the chance to complete one lampshade in a day.  What you will  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. It does not matter if you have never used a machine before.

Choices:
1. Make a firm drum lampshade. Using a supplied frame, you will learn how to stitch reinforced fabric onto a frame using a traditional stitch.
2. A pleated or unpleated lampshade. The lampshade fabric is stretched or folded directly onto a ‘Straight Empire’ frame. The lampshade can then lined with a contrasting fabric.

The use of all tools and materials are included. We have additional assorted frames for sale, as well as backing material and India tape for you to make more lampshades at home.
Pleated Lampshades Maximum 8 participants per class

Start day Date Start time End time Course name Course length Price Good to Know Details
Sat 02/02/2019 10:00 17:00 TRADITIONAL AND MODERN LAMPSHADE MAKING 1 or 2 days £175.00 (GBP) Sew beautiful lampshades - no glue here! Details
Sat 23/02/2019 10:00 17:00 TRADITIONAL AND MODERN LAMPSHADE MAKING 1 or 2 days £175.00 (GBP) Sew beautiful lampshades - no glue here! Details
Sat 16/03/2019 10:00 17:00 TRADITIONAL AND MODERN LAMPSHADE MAKING 1 or 2 days £175.00 (GBP) Sew beautiful lampshades - no glue here! Details
Sat 11/05/2019 10:00 17:00 TRADITIONAL AND MODERN LAMPSHADE MAKING 1 day £175.00 (GBP) Sew beautiful lampshades - no glue here! Details
Sun 23/06/2019 10:00 17:00 TRADITIONAL AND MODERN LAMPSHADE MAKING 1 day £175.00 (GBP) Sew beautiful lampshades - no glue here! Details
Sun 07/07/2019 10:00 17:00 TRADITIONAL AND MODERN LAMPSHADE MAKING 1 day £175.00 (GBP) Sew beautiful lampshades - no glue here! Details

Contact the Goodlife Centre today! Call Alison on 0207 760 7613 or email alison@thegoodlifecentre.co.uk