Posts Tagged ‘lampshade making

Lampshade making workshops are coming to Bristol’s first dedicated sewing cafe! Cordial and Grace is a fantastic sewing parlour in the heart of Clifton Village, with sewing machines available to hire by-the-hour throughout the day. On Sat 11 and 25 Aug I will be giving workshops… fancy it? Wow your friends and add something truly unique and yours to your home. Making a lampshade is hard to resist! Just bring half a metre of your favourite fabric and during a very sociable three hours you’ll make a beautiful lampshade and enjoy the cafe’s wide choice of freshly ground coffees, loose leaf teas, soft drinks and a slice of homemade cake or a cream tea – probably the best workshop refreshments in Bristol! 

The next Lampshade Making Workshop at the Bristol Folk House is on Saturday 13 Oct. We had such a great time at the last one… Louise from Sew Scrumptious blogged all about it.

This week I travelled to a darling Methodist Chapel in Oldbury-on-Severn to teach five lovely ladies how to make handmade lampshades. Organised by Elly for herself and her friends, this was an opportunity to spend a quiet Monday night doing something really sociable and crafty, with the brilliant bonus of learning a new skill and going away with a lampshade made by their own fair hand with which to decorate their homes. All that was needed was me and my materials, some pushed-together tables, a plug (for that all-important iron) and for the ladies to each bring general purpose scissors, a tape measure, a pencil and half a metre of their favourite fabric. There was lots of laughter and gentle teasing over who was Teacher’s Pet…

If you are interested in organising a lampshade making party for you and your friends please contact me.

How can you successfully make a lampshade with a 4-year-old boy kicking around?

  1. Postpone interruptions with promises of ‘in a minute’ until child reaches non-stop whining point.
  2. Accept the disturbance and just do/give whatever child wants.
  3. Limit subsequent interruptions by giving them an ‘adult job’.
  4. Take pleasure in child’s imagination and skill.

Voila! One beautiful lampshade and one happy lampshade-maker in the, well, making.


Lampshade making is about to hit daytime TV! Anna Ryder Richardson will be demonstrating how to make a lampshade on the Alan Titchmarsh show on Fri 27th Jan at 3pm on ITV1. If you fancy having a go yourself, there are places available on my excellent morning courses at The Makery, where you can also buy all the materials you need to make more gorgeous lampshades at home, at very reasonable prices. Or you can always do one-to-one tuition with me at my home near Bristol. (Contact me) Here’s what a recent student of mine said:

Thank you so much for your tuition today, especially in the comfort of your lovely home.  I really enjoyed the one to one tuition as it was easier to focus on each task and to ask questions; and to go at my own pace.  I’m sure I could never have produced such a lovely lampshade otherwise!  Thanks for the inspiring chat about fabrics too.

My first ever lampshade-making tutorial went brilliantly well at The Makery in Bath last week. I felt surprisingly confident and well prepared. My nerves hardly surfaced, even when faced with making the biggest, most humungous lampshade ever (more on that another time). Each lovely lady let their style shine through with their choice of fabric and each went home with a beautiful lampshade, lovingly made by their own fair hands. And on time too! Having to explain processes in a clear way was a difficult at times, but once I was able to show the students what I meant the tricky bits were clarified to everyone’s satisfaction. What always surprises me is the ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaaahs’ and ‘isn’t it beautiful’ when a flat piece of material and PVC is rolled into the final drum shape of a lampshade. It’s a transformation that elicits much astonishment, even though it’s an obvious step!

I have three more dates with spaces (Jan, Feb, March) at The Makery.

In contrast to teaching eight people, earlier this week I took a one-to-one tutorial at my home in Bristol with a lady who had travelled from Cornwall to learn all about lampshades. She hopes to expand the upholstery business she works at and offer their Interior Design clients the option to buy bespoke lampshades. She got the very best information – all the bits and bobs that I wasn’t able to convey to a large group.

If you’re interested in one-to-one tuition, please contact me.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Quick! If you want to make your own lampshade(s) and live anywhere near Bath – sign up! I’ll be tutoring sessions at The Makery on Thurs Nov 17th, 10-1, and Sun 11th Dec, 10-1. All you have to bring is half a metre of your favourite fabric. You choose the diameter and the depth. I provide the materials and the know-how. You’ll skip home admiring your very own lampshade, handmade by you.

Welcome! Tell me your thoughts.

Follow Me on Pinterest

Twitter Updates

Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 68 other followers

%d bloggers like this: