a two day course to master core skills 


A tailored shade is the lampshade classic: a curvaceous shape with a beautifully fitted cover. Variations in shape, size and style are enormous, yet the techniques remain the same.

This high-quality class concentrates on teaching tailored lampshade skills, from pattern cutting to professional trimming. It’s fun and friendly - but also industrious, and is taught to a professional standard by our expert tutors. 

about the course

We divide the skills of making your own tailored lampshade into easy stages, including: restoring and binding an empire frame; creating a template; measuring, cutting and machine sewing; and how to pin, fit, and hand-sew your cover and balloon lining in place. You’ll also learn how to make and fit bias trimming and apply gimp braids. 

Whether you are a lampshade beginner or professional soft furnisher, our tutors also encourage you to develop your creative style and ideas along the way.


A wonderful course... Joanna and her tutors are warm and generous with their expertise. I am now making lampshades for my own customers. Superb!

Melissa, Oxfordshire

what's provided

  • A scalloped or plain bowed drum empire shade, the ideal shape for learning on.

  • White and ivory lining fabrics

  • Specialist 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

  • 1m standard width top fabric

  • 2m gimp trimming (optional)

For your first tailored lampshade we recommend a patchworking weight 100% cotton fabric, silk doupion or similar. Avoid anything bulky, stretchy, embroidered or textured. If in doubt, bring a choice.

If you're planning to work on a scalloped edged shade frame, you will trim the edges with a gimp braid. We have a small selection available and give details of where to shop for trimmings on the information pack provided when booking.

what happens

Students are welcome to arrive from 9.10am. 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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