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a four day course in advanced pleating techniques

Fan pleats, swathed pleats, box pleats, sun-ray pleats…. these wonderful pleating styles are all coming right back into fashion, which is an absolute joy for anyone who loves exploring the creative possibilities of lampshade making.

  Join lampshade maker, author of best-selling book Sewing Lampshades and teacher Joanna Heptinstall for a creative four day workshop concentrating on mastering pleating skills. 

about the course

We will begin by making a set of samples, on which students can explore and practice the various techniques. These small shades worked in simple lawn and muslin cloth can be taken home as a resource for future shade-making. Once we have thoroughly explored and learned the core skills behind swathed, box, sunray and fan pleating students will move onto design their own lampshade featuring one of their newly acquired pleating techniques, taking it to fruition as a finished shade.


As we will be working at an intermediate level, some lampshade making experience is required for this course. Ideally students will have already attended our one day pleated lampshade workshop, or completed the pleated Lesson in a Box.

book your course

These courses are now offered by the Traditional Upholstery School. Click below to find upcoming dates and to book your place.

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