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Two day complete Lampshade Making Masterclass including professional advice and insight on how to brand, market and sell your lampshades successfully.
This masterclass is suitable for those wishing to learn the craft as a hobby or those who are planning to start a professional lampshade making business.
During this 1-2-1 workshop we will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to construct 3 professional looking tailored shades ( modern drum shade, traditional tailored shade and advanced pleated or gathered shade). We will also discuss the techniques for construction other types of more advanced lampshade styles such as paneled (separate panels sewn or glued), fan pleated, swathed and ruched shades. We will provide all the materials and by end of the workshop you will take your shades home to add the perfect touch to your interiors.
This is what we cover during this workshop:
* Tools, equipment and useful books
* Suitability of fabrics, trimmings and embellishments
* Lampshade styles, anatomy of frames, fittings and lamp base/shade proportion
* Fire safety regulations: How to treat your fabric with fire retardant agents
* Construction of a professionally finished drum shade with fabric, PVC and lampshade rings
* Construction of a traditional tailored shade on cross grain, balloon lining, pining, frame binding and lampshade stitches
* Construction of a pleated or gathered shade, balloon lining, pining, frame binding and lampshade stitches
* Discussion of more advanced lampshade styles such as paneled (separate panels sewn or glued), fan pleated, swathed and ruched shades.
* How to brand your business
* How to market your business
* Learn how to price your products and services with profit
* How to create a successful pitch and approach retailers
* Selling strategies
* How to wholesale and attend trade shows and fairs
* And all the tips and tricks of the trade
The idea of turning your skills, talents or passion to a craft business is very alluring. It's rewarding and possible, but the reality is that you need to be equipped with huge amount of knowledge of what is really involved. During this workshop we will talk about how to make that transition. We will prepare you with facts and useful information. This includes list of suppliers, how to put together a collection, pricing your products, selling direct to consumers or retailers, wholesale strategies, how to prepare yourself for attending craft fairs, shows or trade exhibitions. We will also talk about the importance of branding, marketing and how the advances of today's social networking and online communities can enhance and increase the potential audience for your craft.
When contacting us, Please mention the dates you’d like to attend the workshop and upon availability the workshop dates are confirmed and booked. Full advance payment is required in order to secure your place to attend the workshop.
For more information on our other lampshade making workshops please visit our website.
For student gallery and reviews please visit our website and feel free to email or call if you have any questions.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Materials and a light lunch
I absolutely loved this course. I had no experience with sewing, handling fabric etc, that was not a problem, Moji covered it all.
Not only was Moji patient, informative but it's all done with a great sense of humour, and of course the lunches were amazing!
This has given me the confidence to create an additional offering to our Interior Design/Styling clients.
Thank you, will definitely be in touch!
Alex - - #23013
This course was everything that I had hoped for and more. Moji is a fantastic teacher, who explains clearly and well what is needed to make the three types of shades covered in the course. She is patient and kind and answers all questions and doesn't mind if you ask more than once!! She is generous with her extensive knowledge in all things creative and really helpful and insightful about how a novice, (like myself), can set up a business. The two days flew by and I cannot thank Moji enough for all of her teachings. Not to mention the delicious lunches. I was in my element and now have the confidence to go and create. Thank you Moji!
Hillie Bett - - #22850
I loved this two day lampshade making course - it 'ticked all the boxes' for me. Moji is an excellent instructor, a very talented and skilled artisan and business-woman, and she shared so generously from all her experience and years of knowledge. It was inspiring. There was also an added bonus in that the two other students were not able to attend at short notice so I had her to myself! However, I am sure even with other students it would have been a great course. The studio space is lovely too, and in itself, an inspirational setting. And she is a fab cook as well! Highly recommend this course.
Leonie Carter McMahon - - #17154
I thoroughly enjoyed this course from beginning to end. Under Moji's excellent and patient tuition I learnt exactly what I had hoped I would, and more. The bright and airy studio was very comfortable and easy to work in and Moji had a wealth of knowledge to share on the subject. I highly recommend the course.
Sarah Clarke - - #14728
Response from Moji Designs:Dear Sarah,
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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