Make your own traditional lampshade



Traditional lampshades are in vogue in a big way. You can completely transform a room with a luxurious, elegant table lamp, complete with fabulous fringing. On our two-day weekend course, you will create a beautiful, traditionally tailored table lampshade with a balloon lining. Once you have learnt the skills covered in this course, you can go on to make many more shades in different shapes to adorn your home or gift them to your friends. There will be a maximum of 8 students on the course. Our tutor, Jeannie Kelly, is a professional lampshade maker (a veteran!) and is vastly experienced in making soft furnishings. She is also a great teacher and very patient! The two-day course comprises of: • Binding the lampshade frame with special tape • Making a template for your top cover and lining • Learning how to stretch the fabric over the frame on the bias • Hand-sewing: mastering the “lampshade” stitch • Creating a “balloon” lining to cover the interior stitching and hems (more hand-sewing!) • If time allows, attaching braid and fringing to the frame When you making a booking via CraftsCourses, we will send you more information about how to choose your fabric.

What's included in the price?

The course fee includes: • Lampshade frame of your choice • Lining fabric • Lampshade binding tape • Glue • Detailed information sheet What you need to bring: • 1 metre of top fabric (or if combining two fabrics, 0.5m of each fabric) • Matching thread (that blends in to your fabric) • Braid and Fringing • Dressmaking pins • Thimble • Notepad and pencil/pen • A packed lunch or means to purchase food in the attached pub No previous experience of sewing is needed. However, there is a lot of repetitive hand-sewing involved in making traditional lampshades, so patience is required! You may need or want to do a little hand-sewing in the evening between the first and second day.


Cancellation policy

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


Hamilton & Hodson is an independent upholstery company in Bristol (UK) owned by two female upholsterers (Nicky & Erica), founded in 1994. Together with two assistant upholsterers and an administrator, we offer the following services: • Client commissions | We repair and re-upholster traditional and modern furniture. • Upholstery and craft courses | We offer upholstery courses in our workshop to hobby upholsterers, from beginners to more experienced upholsterers. We also offer weekend courses in traditional lampshade making and an online on-demand course in traditional upholstery. • “The Waiting Room” (restored antique/vintage furniture sales) | We restore and sell unusual antique and vintage pieces, adding our own splash of individuality. Our in-person upholstery courses take place at our workshop in an old railway station building in North Bristol. The courses give our students the space and opportunity to develop their skills whilst meeting new people and talking about upholstery (or anything else) to their hearts’ content! Our lampshade courses are currently being run at the Langton Wellness Hub in South Bristol.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Public transport
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Christmas
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
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The Langton Wellness Hub @ The Langton, Langton Court Road, BRISTOL, City of Bristol, BS4 4EG