Professional Lampshade Making Workshops in East Sussex & London

Hello and welcome to our 10-week masterclass in Modern and Traditional Lampshade Making. In this exciting new course, designed for anybody interested in taking a journey through lampshade making, you will learn the skills of our traditional craft extensively, benefiting from my fifteen years of experience. This one day a week, 10-week course aims to offer more than a series of one-off sessions, providing instead a deeper and closer look at how to make many of the most popular and enduring lampshades and all of the additional skills required. 

After teaching one-off lampshade making courses for many years, we realised that there was a gap for a course that was truly all-encompassing, offering all the skills that someone might need to become a confident lampshade maker, and perhaps even start their own business. With our experience and desire to share knowledge, we knew that we were the right people to offer it.

On this course, you’ll acquire the new skills and techniques necessary to be competent in lampshade making. This comprehensive course will take you and your business to the next level, should you wish to set up a career in lampshade making and launch your own business. I’ll guide you from your very first stitches to having the beginnings of your own lampshade collection, and offer tips and tricks along the way so you grow in confidence with everything you learn.

We’re passionate about lampshade making at Moji Designs and believe that anyone can create professional-looking shades with a little bit of instruction and hard work. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a complete novice or a more seasoned craftsperson – we’ll work with you whatever your skills and we’ll support you through every step of the journey and you’ll be sure to surpass your expectations. 

From the comfort of our pleasant, spacious Brighton-based studio you’ll be taken through the making process for several types of lampshades from modern card lampshades, classic tailored lampshades to pleated and gathered lampshades. As the weeks progress you’ll begin to build up a varied, interesting collection. We can help with fabric selection and talking through different types of trims and embellishments, and you could even take the opportunity to bring some old fabric from home that you’d like to repurpose. 

In this 10-week-long course, you’ll learn to master the following techniques and projects:

  • Modern drum lampshade including creating templates for tapered lampshades
  • Traditional tailored lampshade 
  • Pleated lampshade
  • Gathered lampshade
  • Balloon lining 
  • Pleated or gathered lining
  • Demonstration of exterior lining for ornate frames such as dome, tiffany and square frames
  • Hand-sewn bias trim 
  • Demonstration of various cover and assembling techniques for ornate and awkward frame shape
  • Business related topics such as pricing and selling your lampshades

Our weekly sessions will feature a lot of practical work, demonstrations, advice, information sharing and recommendations. Each project will be within everyone’s capabilities, whilst being challenging enough to stretch those lampshade makers who have already built basic lampshade making skills. The course is structured to manage each lampshade making project within the class, but students are encouraged to carry out work in between weekly sessions.

At the end of the course, everyone will have five completed lampshades that they are proud to take home, but more importantly, they will have tackled the trickiest kind of lampshade making techniques.

During the sessions, there will be an opportunity to meet other like-minded people on the course with plenty of time to discuss your plans for lampshade making over refreshments and stitching. I’ll be there to help you work out what the first steps of your business might look like, and discuss anything from how to put a lampshade collection together, to pricing and selling your lampshades online and to retailers.

Lampshade making is the beating heart of all we do at Moji Designs – a traditional craft designed to bring light, beauty and colour into the home – and we are so excited to bring that to you. 

We look forward to welcoming you on this amazing course!

Booking Information

Course fee: £995   One day a week, 10-week-long masterclass including business startup guide for crafters  

2021/22 DATES will be announced in September 2021

Time: 9.30 am – 5.30 pm   Kindly arrive 5-10 minutes before the class is due to start to get yourself settled.

Our 5 day Lampshade Making Masterclass (One-To-One Tuition) is equivalent to this 10-week program if you don’t wish to wait till September. More information is found here

What’s included in the price? Basic materials and tools, lampshade frames, lining fabrics are provided. Specialist materials and tool kits are available to buy at cost-price. Instruction notes and resources will accompany each project. While plenty of snacks and hot and cold drinks are provided, please bring a packed lunch with you. 

What to bring? To allow you to achieve a specific lampshade finish that you might have in mind, we ask you to bring your own top fabric. 1 meter of light to medium weight top fabric is required for each lampshade project. In total, you’ll be making four lined lampshades. Although the lining is provided, you are welcome to bring light-weight cotton or linen lining fabrics to line your lampshades with. Further information on best-suited fabric types will be emailed to students prior to the start of the course. Sewing machines are provided although you may prefer to bring your own to use during the sessions.

Level: Suitable for both beginners and advanced students.

Class sizes are kept small to enable students to receive plenty of individual attention. Bookings are made on a first come first served basis so to avoid disappointment, early bookings are recommended.
In the event of an insufficient number of students applying for this course, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule the course. Students on the cancelled course will receive a full refund.

How to pay: The “Book Now” button at the bottom of this page will redirect you to a new page where you can book your workshop. Secure payment is made through PayPal or any major debit or credit cards. Once the payment is received you’ll get a confirmation email.

Location: Brighton, East Sussex