a masterclass in pleating skills using silk chiffon


Popular back in the fifties, classic swathed pleated chiffon lampshades are enjoying a revival, with a gloriously fresh twist of colour. 

Students will be taught the precise and pleasing skills involved, including: how to handle silk chiffon; measuring and marking up for the chosen design; folding and stitching a perfect arrangement of pleats; and making a matching bias trim using their chiffon. This masterclass takes pleats to the next level. Suitable for those with a little experience.

about the course

We will learn all the skills involved in making this glorious and ambitious shade, including: creating a template to cut, sew and fit a cotton lawn lining to the frame; planning the chiffon pleats and marking up the frame; cutting and preparing the chiffon; pinning and hand sewing the pleats to the frame; and finishing with a classic trimming, length of bias-cut chiffon. 

Students are provided with drum empire lampshade frames, which are the ideal shape for this technique.

This advanced workshop is designed for students who have some lampshade making and sewing experience.


what's provided

  • A 10in empire drum shade, the ideal shape for working this technique.

  • Specialist sewing threads and needles

  • Binding tape

  • Tea, coffee and cake... all day

While we have all the equipment you need, we find that students like to bring their own scissors, haberdashery kit and even their sewing machine. With current Covid rules, this is preferable.

what' to bring

  • Half a metre of fine cotton lawn in your chosen colour for lining your shade.

  • One metre of silk chiffon

  • 2m of gimp trimming (optional)

  • Extra strong sewing thread to match your chiffon

  • A packed lunch.

Note: we always have ivory coloured cotton lawn, silk chiffon and gimp trim in stock... if you get stuck!

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