a two day course to master core skills 


Gathered shades are the most relaxed lampshade style and are currently very fashionable. We think they look at their best with block printed and ikat fabrics – but there’s plenty of scope for your own ideas too.

This class teaches professional skills, including hand stitching the gathers and fitting a classic pleated lining. You’ll be encouraged to explore the technique using different shapes and fabrics. The course is suitable for beginners and professional soft furnishers. 

about the course

Our expert and friendly tutors will explain how to make your own gathered lampshade in easy stages. 

The vital steps include how to bind a straight-sided French drum shade frame, then how to measure and mark up fabric for your arrangement of gathers. You’ll learn how to gather and hand stitch the fabric to the frame and to fit a classic pleated lining. The course includes the versatile, useful skill of making and fitting your own bias trimming too. And at all stages you’ll be encouraged in your own creative style and ideas.


This lovely course set me on the road to having my own creative business. I now have an online shop selling my own hand-made lampshades.

Natasha, Dorset

what's provided

  • A straight sided French drum lampshade frame which is the ideal shape for learning this technique on.

  • White and ivory lining fabrics

  • Specialist threads and needles

  • Binding tape

  • Tea, coffee and cake... all day

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

what' to bring

  • 1m standard width top fabric

For a gathered lampshade we recommend cotton lawn, Indian block printed cotton muslin and ikat fabrics. Please note that ikat fabrics are narrow so you may need 2 - 3 meters.

Whatever you choose, your fabric should be light weight. Avoid anything bulky or stretchy. If in doubt, bring a choice.

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.


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