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our famous four day lampshade masterclass

Creating bespoke lampshades is one of the most challenging and rewarding interior crafts and a way of adding impressive and beautiful feature pieces to any room.

   This four-day specialist course has gained a reputation as one of the best ways for lampshade makers to learn a repertoire of skills to a professional level. Join lampshade maker, author of best-selling book Sewing Lampshades and teacher Joanna Heptinstall for a creative workshop concentrating on mastering the three main lampshade making techniques: tailored; gathered and pleated. 

   Our aim is that you leave well equipped for many years of inspired lampshade making. With four days together, this course is great if you have a long way to travel.

about the course

The Complete Lampshade Course is friendly, industrious and creative, and everyone is taught to a professional standard. Whether you are a beginner to sewing or professional soft furnisher, you will be encouraged develop your creative style, and will take home three impressive handmade shades and the skills to make many more. ​


We will begin the most useful technique, created a fitted cover for a tailored lampshade. Joanna will present the core skills in easy stages. As you work we will discuss ways each technique can be brought forward to create more unique and bespoke shades.

We will then move on to gathered and pleated skills, exploring how the maker can plan and measure for all frame shapes. 

Masterclass intervals 

Throughout the course we hold short ‘masterclass technique’ sessions, where we demonstrate advanced lampshade making skills, including:

  • Handmade frills, flowers and fancy edges

  • Layering trimmings for creative impact

  • Using dye to hand colour your own fabric and trimmings

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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