a masterclass in pattern cutting

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Vintage dome-shaped shades, a Tiffany-inspired bell, or something curvy from the 1940s... they are all fabulous and they require particular techniques for pattern cutting and fitting. This workshop is designed to bring lampshade makers on to the next level of pattern cutting of tricky shapes ...

about the course

Once the lampshade maker has perfected the craft of covering a typical empire shade, they are bound to set their sights on something trickier. This masterclass is designed to unveil the mysteries of unusual and challenging shapes, and allow lampshade makers to spread their creative wings and deal with them confidently. 

As well as covering all of the core skills for covering a lining a done shaped shade, this course will cover: pattern cutting for curvaceous shapes; using fabric on the straight of the grain; fitting a lining onto a dome; layering of fringing and gimp braid.

Students will be working on scalloped dome shades, which are ideal for learning many of the techniques covered. Whatever your experience, creativity and experimentation will be actively encouraged. Suitable for students who have already mastered basic lampshade making.

what's provided

  • A 10in dome shaped scalloped shade, the ideal shape for learning on

  • Fringe trimmings in cream and natural shades, plus a small range of gimp braids

  • Specialist sewing threads and needles

  • Binding tape

  • Ivory or white lining fabric

  • 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

  • Half a metre of patchworking-weight cotton fabric, or similar, for your top cover

  • Your own choice of tassel fringe 2m; and gimp braids 2m (optional)

  • 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.

Don't miss out... join us today