Join Vanessa to make this quintessentially English soft lampshade, which brings colour and softness to both formal and relaxed room settings. She will show you how to make this french drum shape cute gathered, unlined lampshade in a days workshop of approx 7 hours, using hand stitching techniques with modern fabrics you can choose from. Or you may wish to use your own unwanted chiffon or silk scarves, adding individual style to your room.
I am a 3D Design Artist with a BA Hons degree (woods, metals, plastics) and a lifetime experience of working with fabrics in dressmaking and soft furnishings. I have also taught crafts in a secondary school for 16 years. The course is relaxed so you can work at your own pace with plenty of friendly support and guidance.
Cannot make it to me? For a minimum of 2 people, I am happy to travel to you for a workshop in your own home within a 10-mile radius (mileage in excess of this would incur travel expenses).
Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.
Endless tea, coffee and hot chocolate are available plus a 25cm diameter lampshade frame with fabric, thread and use of my tools.
Additional kits are an extra cost. Please bring your own packed lunch.
7 hours (flexible times to suit)
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7 hours (flexible times to suit)
Thank you Vanessa for sharing your expertise and teaching us how to make lampshades for our floor lamps. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and are delighted with the finished lamps ... which also have approval from our husbands! A lovely way to spend a morning.
Response from ShedLight:Ha ha Nicole fantastic that all your husband’s approve of your fabulous floor lamps! Thank you for your lovely review and it was my pleasure teaching you all 🙏
Spent a great day with Vanessa learning lots of new skills and making a wonderful new lampshade. Vanessa is so knowledgeable, patient and lovely company.
Response from ShedLight:Thank you Vanessa for your lovely review and I am so happy you enjoyed the day producing a fab bowed empire lampshade. 😊
My mum and I spent a lovely morning in Vanessa’s lampshade making workshop. Vanessa is a fantastic teacher, it is paced perfectly, and we have both already received compliments for the lampshades we made! Thank you Vanessa!
Response from ShedLight:Thank you Lydia for your lovely review - I also really enjoyed teaching you both to produce top quality lampshades! 😊
Loved this course. Vanessa is an excellent tutor. Beautiful range of fabrics to choose from. Thoroughly recommend this course to everyone.
Response from ShedLight:Thank you so much Chris! I really enjoyed helping you to make your 1.5m floor lamp - it looked amazing :)
I had a great time making a drum lampshade with ShedLight. Vanessa is an excellent teacher and brilliant at teaching online. I love the lampshade I made, it looks really professional! I'll definitely be using the skills I learnt to make more!
Response from ShedLight:Hi Sian
A lovely, relaxing, but very productive morning spent with Vanessa, really pleased with my lampshade, thoroughly enjoyed myself, would happily go again to try a different technique
Response from ShedLight:Thank you Claire - it was lovely chatting and working with you both and I hope to teach you more lampshade making techniques in the future.
I really enjoyed this course! Vanessa is brilliant! Very informative, giving very clear instructions and demonstrations! such a lovely lady! I even purchased a kit (which I completed last night to make sure I hadn't forgotten any of the skills Vanessa had taught me haha) Would highly recommend.
Response from ShedLight:Excellent Vicki and well done ! I expect both your children are delighted with your handmade lampshades.
What a wonderful lockdown treat this was. I had a lovely morning online with my daughter learning how to make a lampshade. Vanessa was a great teacher, she guided us through the various stages with patience and enthusiasm. It was relaxing and fun, and I am thrilled with my finished lampshade, which now helps to light up my kitchen beautifully. I highly recommend Vanessa's courses, you wont be disappointed!
Response from ShedLight:Thank you so much Michele - I am so happy you are thrilled with your lampshade and with the virtual teaching of the course. It’s a great way to still have fun and learn a new craft. and the added bonus of joining with your daughter 🥰
Attended a course back in March, and it was such a good day.
I really enjoyed the approach to teaching and we were both so proud to leave with our finished lampshades, which now both have pride of place in our home.
I fully intend to make another at some point :)
Thank you for such a good day.
Response from ShedLight:Hi Lianne, thank you for your lovely review and yes you both made a fantastic job of your soft lampshades and mastered the sewing machines ! I would love to see a photo of them in situ as your decorating ideas and ethos sounded really interesting . Vanessa x
Just a lovely relaxing way to spend a few hours learning something new. Vanessa is a very patient and skilful tutor and my daughter and I were very pleased with our new lampshades, Vanessa giving us the confidence to have a go on our own at home. Would definitely recommend this workshop and it was good to see all the Covid safety precautions in place too in these worrying times.
Response from ShedLight:Thank you Janet - I am thrilled that you and Suzanne enjoyed the course and you both feel confident to make more unique lampshades .....happy lampshade making! 😊
Vanessa was great. She had just done a covid course so the room and safety was set out to protect everyone, she even has visors for each person. The choice of fabric is amazing. I made a tall floor lamp and it's beautiful. So professionally finished off under the tutoring of Vanessa. She was so helpful and full of tips. She is so approachable and friendly. It is easy to find as well as it's just off M54. I can now successfully make my own.
Response from ShedLight:Thank you Jill ! It was so much fun working with you I really enjoyed the morning and your Floor lamp is fabulous! 😊
I have just spent a vey enjoyable morning making a lampshade and am very happy with the professional looking result! Vanessa was very patient and it was a lovely relaxed atmosphere. I wouldn't have been able to produce such a succesful lampshade without the careful guidance of Vanessa.
I would recommend this course and would make a great Christmas gift.
Response from ShedLight:Thank you Maria! It was lovely meeting and chatting to you today - I am so pleased you are happy with your beautiful, professional looking lampshade which I’m sure your daughter will love too.
As a complete beginner I came away from this half day course on drum lampshade making absolutely delighted with the lovely lampshade I had made under Vanessa's tuition. She guided us through all steps of the process and calmly helped to correct a mistake I had made so it was invisible on the finished product.
Vanessa also advised me on how to recreate a shade for a lamp I retrieved when clearing my late father's house. It will be much treasured. Thank you!
Response from ShedLight:Thank you Julie I am so pleased you enjoyed your lampshade course and left with a beautiful completed product. It was also a pleasure to advise you on your late fathers lamp and I hope it all goes to plan - you have my email address if you get stuck.
Brilliant day with Vanessa doing both this course and the soft lamp shade course - learned loads in a lovely atmosphere, had great fun in the process and have two fabulous shades to bring home plus the skills to make my own at home. Highly recommended.
Response from ShedLight:Thank you Jenny! I really enjoyed the day too chatting as we worked and you were a delight to teach plus fantastic results 😊
Top-notch course from a top-notch lady. Not only was Vanessa good at what she does but she is also attentive to your needs and personable. Had a wonderful time and educative. Thanks vanessa.
The course was educative and insightful and vanessa had all the time in the world to answer all my questions. It was money well spent and had an enjoyable time. My lampshade came out so well than expected. Thanks vanessa.
I attended the course today with my niece and we both had a fab morning making our lampshades. The end results looked quite professional ( a surprise to both of us!!) Vanessa was absolutely lovely, very helpful and supportive throughout. Would recommend to everyone 😊
Response from ShedLight:Thank you Esther! It was lovely to meet you and your niece Amy and I really enjoyed the morning too :)
Excellent instruction and some lovely fabrics to choose from. Even my hubby was impressed with the end result which is a great accolade :)
Thank you Vanessa; I may well be back with a friend :)
Response from ShedLight:Thank you Sue, we did have a fun morning and it was lovely to meet you! Hope to see you soon Vanessa :)
Brilliant morning spent with Vanessa and my daughters are overjoyed with their new lights. Thankyou