Pleated Art Deco Fringed Lampshade: A One Day Workshop



Gorgeous retro art deco style shades complete with flapper dress fringing are enjoying a revival in interiors. Join lampshade maker, author of best-selling book Sewing Lampshades and teacher Joanna Heptinstall at the Lampshade School for a creative and industrious day where you will learn to make your flapper-style lampshade using your own fabric choice. Joanna will present the core skills in easy stages: binding the frame; how to measure, cut out and mark up fabric; fitting and hand stitching the pleated lining and fabric to the frame. You will learn to apply long fringing, layered with gimp braid. This workshop is fun and friendly, industrious and creative, and everyone is taught to a professional standard. Whether you are a beginner to sewing or professional soft furnisher, you will be encouraged develop your creative style, and take home your own impressive handmade shade and the skills to make many more. In order to make this workshop possible in one-day, students are provided with a 12in or 16in round shallow shade frame, an ideal shape for learning on. The Lampshade School is a dedicated, airy well-equipped studio and is part of Joanna’s Traditional Upholstery School. It is based in rural Wiltshire, close to a good network of roads, and has its own parking and kitchen. About the tutor Joanna Heptinstall is a versatile and experienced upholsterer, teacher and maker, with a particular interest in lampshade making. Following the completion of a Fine Arts degree at Sheffield Hallam University and subsequent post-graduate studies in journalism, Joanna worked for several years in magazine publishing before re-training as an upholsterer 26 years ago. She soon developed a love for lampshade restoration, reviving almost-lost skills and writing her best-selling book Sewing Lampshades to share those skills with other makers. Joanna lives in Wiltshire, teaching professional upholstery and lampshade skills in her own school, enjoying making, and walking with her spaniel Nellie. Please bring 1m standard width top fabric. For this style of shade we recommend cotton lawn such as Liberty tana lawn, or a silk dupion, or fabrics of similar weight. Avoid anything bulky or stretchy. 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. Your packed lunch. What's included in the price? Tuition, one 12in or 16in round lampshade frame, binding tape, specialist threads, lining fabrics, fringe trimming in 10cm or 15cm depths, with refreshments provided throughout the 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. Further details Please select 'Chat with the maker' if you would like to contact Joanna in advance of booking with any queries about fabrics, or would like recommendations for places to stay. It is possible to arrange this workshop on different dates. Please contact Joanna if this is of interest. Courses are for adults, but younger students may be considered on request.


7½ hours

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



The Lampshade School

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The Lampshade School is based in lovely, roomy workrooms near Bradford on Avon in rural Wiltshire. It offers a range of professional lampshade making skills workshops. It was founded by Joanna Heptinstall, author of 'Sewing Lampshades'. The Lampshade School is also home of Traditional Upholstery School, one of Britain's few training centres delivering AMUSF accredited training.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced/pro level
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Unit 2, Holt Holdings, Broughton Road, Holt, TROWBRIDGE, Wiltshire, BA14 6QU