Our two day Traditional Lampshade Making Workshop is suitable for anyone wishing to learn for pleasure or business and covers all the traditional skills you will need to make a pinned and hand stitched, tailored lampshade.
You will learn the techniques involved in covering lampshades: from choosing your frame, binding the frame, creating the pattern and a template, stretching and pinning your fabric in place, lining the shade and finishing off with trimmings or making bias bindings.
This two day workshop focuses on the construction of the shade and the techniques and tips needed, although some basic business advice and trade tips will be discussed. All students work on their own lampshade, and you can either bring a frame or purchase a frame from a selection I will have available.
I can supply various sizes and shapes of lampshade frames and students should bring their own fabric. Light to medium weight raw silks are ideal particularly for pleated designs. A heavier fabric can be used for the tailored designs but please discuss this with me before the day. Both machine and hand sewing will be required and I will happily discuss your project with you before the workshop if you have any queries.
Tea and coffee is served at 9.30am and the workshop runs from 10.00am to 4.30pm. Lunch will be provided, so please get in touch if you have any dietary requirements. Further details and a list of items to bring with you will be sent to you with confirmation of your place.
We offer a wide selection of fabrics from British designers such as Peony and Sage, Sarah Hardaker, Kate Forman, Cabbages & Roses, Jacqueline Milton, Emily Bond, Vanessa Arbuthnott and many more. If you are looking for fabric inspiration and would like to order fabric ready for the workshop, please get in touch, Helen would be happy to assist.
NEW 2018 Dates: Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th March 2018
Please contact Helen for more information.
Location: The workshop takes place at High Ham near Langport in Somerset, in the heart of the beautiful Somerset Levels.