gathered lampshades... using fabric and trimmings from Jaipur


This creative workshop celebrates the wonderful colour and pattern found in traditional Indian textiles. The Lampshade School has brought together a range of fabulous block printed cotton fabric – bought directly from fabric producers in Jaipur – and teamed them with saree trimmings. There’s no holding back… there’s colour, bling, embroidery and beads. Glorious!

Students will be able to choose a selection of fabrics and trimmings, with which they will learn to make a gathered lampshade. 

about the course

We will learn the skills involved in making a gathered lampshade, including: binding the frame; measuring and preparing the fabric, gathering. Pinning and stitching the fabric to the frame; creating a pleated lining; and attaching the trimmings.

Students are provided with a choice of French drum and collared drum shades, which are ideal for this technique.

This workshop is suitable for beginners to lampshade making, and those with experience.


This was going to be the year I travelled to India to see the Jaipur artisan makers block printing colourful fabric on beds of sand. Well, my Passage to India was curtailed by you-know-what… so I decided to use my imagination.


what's provided

  • A 10in French drum shade, or a collared French drum shade, which are ideal for this technique

  • A selection of bright and colourful fabrics will be available to choose from, plus saree braids and fringes

  • Specialist sewing threads; and needles.

  • Binding tape

  • Cotton lining in shades of white

  • Chai tea, coffee and cake... all day!

what' to bring

  • A packed lunch

While we have all equipment you need, we find that students like to bring their own scissors, haberdashery kit and even their own sewing machines. With current Covid rules this is preferable.

what happens

Students are welcome to arrive from 9am. The coffee pot will already be on.

Lessons begin at 9.30am and we'll continue until 5pm. We take a 30 minute lunch break as we find that most students are keen to crack on. The workroom has its own kitchen and social space so that you can take the day at your own pace.

Don't miss out... join us today