Traditional Handmade Tailored Lampshades

Bespoke handmade tailored lampshade in William Morris strawberry thief design with a silk dupion contrast lining

Is this course for me?

Elegant, neat traditional handmade tailored lampshades, whether for business or pleasure, would you like to learn all the stitches and techniques required to make your own handmade tailored shades to a professional standard?

Jacqueline will share the tricks of the trade.

What will I learn?

During this busy, 2-day workshop you will complete a traditional handmade, balloon lined, tailored lampshade and also gain the confidence to work on a variety of future lampshade projects using traditional methods and hand sewing techniques.  

Pinning and stretching a pattern for a bespoke handmade tailored lampshade in William Morris strawberry thief design with a silk dupion contrast lining

Who will be teaching me?

Jacqueline is creative and talented, with over 20 years of teaching experience. She owns JSInteriorsUK and works as an Interior Designer in Yorkshire with mostly private clients on whole room schemes and holiday cottages.

Final lampshade stitch for a bespoke handmade tailored lampshade in William Morris strawberry thief design with a silk dupion contrast lining
Commissioned bespoke handmade tailored lampshade in silk dupion sitting in an entranceway with a bouquet of roses

Traditional handmade tailored lampshades are complimentary to bespoke curtains, blinds and scatter cushions so do check out other weekend retreats offered by JSInteriorsUK.

Only minimal hand and machine sewing experience is necessary, therefore this course is suitable for both the beginner and more experienced, enthusiastic sewer.

Lampshade stitch on the base of a commissioned bespoke handmade tailored lampshade in wedgewood blue dupion silk
Hand sewing a beaded trim onto the base of a commissioned bespoke handmade tailored lampshade in wedgewood blue dupion silk
Commissioned bespoke handmade tailored lampshade in wedgewood blue dupion silk with a beaded trim

COURSE PROGRAMME

Day 1 morning:

  • Discussion of suitable frames and the reconditioning of vintage frames.
  • Suitability of fabrics for face and lining, and reconditioning of previously used shades.
  • Binding the frame.

Day 1 afternoon:

  • Discussion of design options & fabric design/fabric grain.
  • Importance of the grain in fabric and how to get the prefect fit.
  • Initial fitting and pinning in calico to create a pattern.
  • Cutting, fitting and hand stitching the face fabric

Day 2 morning:

  • Final fitting and hand stitching of the face fabric.
  • Creating a balloon lining.
  • Discussion of bias and other suitable trims
  • Making a bias trim.

Day 2 afternoon:

  • Discussion of other shape frames and small differences in the fitting process.
  • Handmade trims; show and share.
  • Discussion regarding suppliers.

Course runs each day from 10:am – 5pm, with a break for lunch +/- 1pm – 2

Pinning and stretching a pattern for a bespoke handmade tailored lampshade
Stitching and pinning the face fabric onto a commissioned bespoke handmade tailored lampshade in Emperor red dupion silk
Commissioned bespoke handmade tailored lampshade in Emperor red dupion silk with a handmade ruffle trim

What should I bring?

All course fees are inclusive of specialist materials & sundries, 100% cotton Tana Lawn for the lining & training notes.

You will need to bring:

A 20cm – 25 cm bowed empire lampshade frame for soft shades

  • You can buy these online, recover an existing one you have or find one in a charity shop. If you are unable to find something suitable please let Jacqueline know and she can organize one for you to purchase at the workshop.

2m Face Fabric

  • A light weight fabric of your choice which is floppy and easy to manipulate. Natural fibers are best, such as silk dupion or cotton tana lawn ( Liberty cotton). There will be a limited selection of fabrics to purchase at the workshop. However if you are at all unsure about your fabric selection don’t hesitate to give Jacqueline a call.
  • We recommend not using upholstery fabric or fabrics with a loose weave as these can cause dynamics that may want to be avoided when making your first shade.

1m Contrast Lining Fabric – Optional

  • Off white cotton tana lawn will be available however you may bring a lightweight, floppy fabric, which contrasts or compliments your face fabric. Natural fibers are best.

2m trimming

  • This is optional, as the course will teach how to make a bias trim. However if you’d like a little bling there are oodles of fabulous choices online and in craft shops. There will also  be a small selection of trimming to purchase at the workshop.

Thread to match your face fabric

  • There will be some places where matching thread will be essential for a neat finish

Sewing machine – Optional

  • There is some machine sewing involved. Sewing machines will be available, however you may bring your own if you wish.

Personal sewing Kit

  • All specialist materials will be provided but it’s nice to have your own scissors and needles etc…
Stitching and pinning the face fabric onto a commissioned bespoke handmade tailored lampshade in blur and cream floral linen
Pinning the gimble tidies onto a commissioned bespoke handmade tailored lampshade in blue and cream floral linen
Completed commissioned bespoke handmade tailored lampshade in blue and cream floral linen and a beaded trim. Pictured with roses