our famous four day lampshade masterclass

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This four-day specialist course has gained a reputation as one of the best ways for new lampshade makers to learn a repertoire of skills to a professional level.

With the help of the expert tutors of The Lampshade School, students first master tailored lampshade making and then choose whether they wish to learn gathered or pleated skills on the last two days.
The course is suitable for both lampshade beginners and those with experience who want to expand and fine-tune their skills. The focus will be on taking time to practice and exploring the techniques and all the creative possibilities.

You’ll go home with at least two different finished shades but the emphasis will be on learning the techniques rather than rushing to finish– so that you leave being 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 (but we don’t mind if you are local).

about the course

Day one and two
After introductions, we launch into tailored lampshade techniques. These can vary in complexity depending on how practised you are. They’re challenging, interesting and fun whatever level you start at.

Day three and four
The second two days give you a chance to learn everything you can about making pleated or gathered lampshades. Advanced makers may choose to make a more complex swathed pleated shade or gathered shade if they’ve already successfully completed a knife-pleated shade. 

Masterclass intervals 
Throughout the course we hold short masterclasses, where tutors demonstrate a specific skill. These may include: 

  • making and fitting bias binding

  • informal linings for a cone shaped shade

  • handmade frills, flowers and fancy edges

  • layering trimmings for creative impact


what's provided

  • Empire and dome shape frames in various styles for tailored lampshade making

  • French drum shades for gathered and plated techniques

  • Suitable threads, needles and pins 

  • Sewing machines

  • Lining fabrics in shades of white

  • Binding tape

  • Tea, coffee and cake... all day!

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' to bring

  • Shade frames are provided but students are welcome to bring their own if they would like

  • Top fabric - a guide to what is appropriate is on the information PDF for this course

  • Your haberdashery kit including fabric scissors, thread snips, bead-headed pins, tape measure, soft 6B pencil or marking chalk

  • If you are already a sewer, and can transport your sewing machine easily, do bring it. We have machines available for use but find that many students prefer to use their own.

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