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Informal, decadent,… 

This technique takes gathers to the next level

Creative, decadent, far more sassy than their classic cousins, the chiffon pleat… 

A great choice of workshop if you love gathered shades and would like to take them to the next level.

The curvier the shade frame, the sassier the result.

about the course

This glorious lampshade making class incorporates several very specific and useful skills, including: making a tailored lining from a template; creating swathed gathers (more informal than their classic pleated cousins and, we think, a little bohemian); and making hand-rolled fabric roses.

Over the two days students will: bind their shade; hand-stitch their gathered fabric to the frame; line the shade and then embellish it with hand rolled roses and a bias binding trimming. Students are provided with a medium-sized drum empire lampshade frame, which are the ideal shape for this technique.

This advanced workshop is suitable for novice lampshade makers and confident sewers. 


what's provided

Students are provided with a 12in empire drum shade, which is the ideal shape for working this technique.

Also included are: cotton binding tape, ivory and white lining materials, specialist sewing threads and needles.

We have all the haberdashery equipment required, but we find that most students would rather use their own favourite scissors. 


We will keep your creativity fuelled with plenty of tea, coffee and homemade cake.

what' to bring

One metre of top fabric. Cotton muslin and linen voile are loosely woven and floppy, and so work very well indeed. Silk chiffon is also very successful, and gives a different look. 

Important note: Shirting weight cottons, linens and lawns, which are tightly woven, will not handle well as they will not take to being twisted around the frame. It often helps to machine wash your fabric beforehand to soften it.

If you wish to line your shade in a colour, rather than white, bring half a metre of lawn in your chosen colour.

Extra strong sewing thread to match your top fabric.

Optional: 1m length of decorative trimming for the bottom ring.

A packed lunch.

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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