Applique Lampshade Making workshop (with Free Machine Embroidery)



In this fun and inspiring workshop Ruth Blackford will show you how to use applique, free machine embroidery and lampshade making techniques to create your very own handcrafted lampshade to take home with you. Participants can choose from 5 designs (1 Blackbirds, 2 Home Sweet Home Night, 3 Home Sweet Home Day, 4 Floral,5 Abstract) and work with templates so that those who lack confidence in drawing and design have a process they can easily follow. Equally, those with more experience can use the templates as a starting point and embellish to their heart's content! By the end of the day you will have: Learnt how to set up a sewing machine for free machining Learnt how to prepare fabrics for free machining and applique Learnt how to 'draw' with a sewing machine Studied a range of samples for inspiration and understanding Watched a range of demonstrations Learnt how to assemble a drum lampshade (20cm high, 15cm diameter) Understood health and safety issues when free machining The workshop is run for 2 or 3 people on a day negotiated with me and is held in my comfortable and cosy garden studio close to Richmond Park and Kingston town centre. The session costs £125 each, or if you want to do the course on your own it will cost £235. Please send me a message about how many people you are booking for and when you would like to come before sending a request to book. I have over 30 years experience teaching art, textiles, printmaking and illustration in further and adult education, in colleges and privately too, so you can be certain of well structured, well paced and inspiring teaching and learning. Alongside my teaching, I have been a practicing artist and designer for over 30 years, exhibiting nationwide and working commercially within the fields of textiles and illustration.

What's included in the price?

Costs include all materials (fabrics, Bondaweb, threads, lampshade equipment (adhesive PVC, 15cm circular lampshade ringset, tapes etc)), coffee, tea, soft drinks and biscuits a plenty! You can use my Bernina sewing machines, or bring your own if you feel more comfortable with a machine that’s familiar. If you are bringing your own, you just need to check beforehand that you can drop the feed and bring an embroidery foot that fits your machine.


7 hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Ruth Blackford

with Craft Courses since 2018

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
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233 Kings Road, , Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 5JH

Booking options

One day
Flexible times
£125.00 See dates
Private 1-2-1 Day
Flexible times
£235.00 See dates