Weekend Traditional Lampshade Making Workshop



This fast track two day workshop will provide you with the skills to make a balloon lined bowed empire shade using traditional methods and hand stitching techniques.

Learn how to bind the frame, template and fit your top fabric and lining, finishing with a hand stitched bias trim.

No previous sewing experience is required, you will be guided through each stage.

With a maximum of 5 students you will receive a high level of individual tuition.

MODE Upholstery School is an independent training facility offering professional and leisure courses in traditional & modern upholstery and soft furnishings since 2012.

All of our courses are limited to 5 students ensuring you receive a high level of individual attention and guidance. They run continually throughout the year giving you the flexibility to choose your start date.

If you're contemplating a change of career our Upholstery Business Course is a perfect fast track course designed specifically to provide comprehensive training for you to start a career within the upholstery sector. The course will provide you with an excellent level of practical skills and a understanding of the legal regulations and requirements of being a professional upholsterer. You do not need any previous experience to enrol on the business course.

We also run cushion making courses and modern lampshade workshops.

Terms and Conditions

You will be learning in an environment with workshop tools. The student will agree to familiarise themselves with and follow all health and safety procedures and requirements in order to safeguard themselves and others around them and follow all instructions given by the course tutor and posted instructions in the training room.

Any recorded material taken during the course in any form must not be reproduced, copied or distributed in any form or on any medium to include social networking sites under any circumstances without the express written permission of Sarah Wood Upholstery.

If you need to cancel for any reason you can rebook or a full refund will be provided as long as you cancel within 2 weeks of your booked date.
If you cancel less than 2 weeks and greater than 24 hours of your booked date then a cancellation fee of £25 will be charged.
If you cancel with less than 24 hours of your booked date than 100% of your fee will be payable.

MODE Upholstery School reserves the right to cancel a course in the event of any unforeseen circumstances or because minimum numbers have not been reached. In these circumstances an alternative date/s will be offered or a full refund given.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Please bring along your lunch.
Tea, coffee & biscuits/cake available throughout the day.

Everything is included apart from your top fabric and thread for the lampshade classes, if you wish to bring your own sewing machine along please do so.

There's secure parking at the farm and everything is on the ground floor so no stairs to negotiate.


Sarah at MODE Upholstery School
Hollies Farm
5 Peterborough Road
Castor, Peterborough

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
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They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.




2 days (9:30am to 4:45pm)

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In-person course
Alison Stattersfield - - #28761

I have just attended Sarah's 2-day workshop on traditional lampshade making and can thoroughly recommend it. I wasn't sure what to expect, being a complete novice, and might have been a bit daunted if I had known. But Sarah led us calmly through all the stages and, miraculously, everything worked, including getting a rectangular piece of fabric onto a shaped shade with no creases! Sarah was very generous with her tips and information and imparted a wealth of knowledge. The results were lovely and we all finished feeling inspired to have a go on our own.

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Hannah Barham - - #25021

Great course with excellent tutoring!
Would definitely attend any further courses hosted by Sarah!

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Claire pike - - #24976

I had a fabulous weekend with Sarah learning to make a lampshade. Sarah was very informative and knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble. She took us through step by step and everything was very well explained. No question was a silly question and Sarah made everyone feel so welcome. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sarah and I can’t wait to return to continue with my learning.

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Katie Denyer - - #24860

I recently completed the two day lampshade course and absolutely loved it. Sarah is a superb teacher who goes through the lampshade making process in great detail leaving you feeling equipped to have a go.
I was very grateful for Sarah’s patience with supporting through the whole process. Th refreshments over the two days are delicious! I highly recommend this course .

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Jane Renfrew - - #16395

This was a fabulous course. Sarah was informative and an excellent teacher. She was also very patient and personable and made the 2 days really good fun. I have come away with a lovely skill and a fabulous lampshade!

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Francesca - - #14616

Having worked in fashion and theatre for many years, I’ve always wanted to learn how to make traditional lampshades.
This really is a fantastic course and the knowlege I gained in just two days has provided me with the skills and confidence to update all the lampshades in my house.
After meeting Sarah I signed up for her upholstery course and highly recommend her courses, training skills and patience, thank you.

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Jackie Cook - - #12839

I first met Sarah when she upholstered a chair for me and was impressed by her professionalism. She is a really good teacher, has endless patience and the ability to convey knowledge in an understandable way. The two days were great fun and I felt the lampshade I left with was a really good standard. The lovely lunches and coffee breaks added to my enjoyment of this course.

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Tracy - - #12823

Sarah's instructions are clear and precise. Having absolutely no previous experience of lampshade making, I was really pleased with the professional looking results I achieved.

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