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a one day course to master core skills 

Gathered shades are the most relaxed lampshade style and are currently very fashionable.​ They look gorgeous with block printed Indian cottons, super smart with silk doupion... and there’s plenty of scope for your own ideas too.

Join lampshade maker, author of best-selling book Sewing Lampshades and teacher Joanna Heptinstall for a creative and industrious day concentrating on gathered lampshade making skills.

about the course

Joanna will present the core skills in easy stages: binding the frame; how to measure, cut out and mark up fabric; fitting and hand stitching the gathered fabric to the frame; and fitting a classic pleated lining. You will learn the very useful skill of making your own bias trimming too. 

It’s fun and 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 take home your own impressive handmade gathered shade and the skills to make many more. 


In order to make this workshop possible in one-day, students are provided with a 10in empire shade frame, an ideal size and shape for learning on. If you have a shade that you would really love to start making as soon as you get home, do bring it along so that Joanna can help you tackle it with confidence. 

book your course

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

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

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