Friday, 15 June 2012

Lampshade Making Workshops

I'm very excited to be running 3 very different lampshade making workshops next month at the loveliest of venues the Patchwork Dog and Basket creative workrooms in the The Needlemakers,Lewes.

Now collectively known as Made in Lewes the workrooms have become and absolute hive of creative activity with an everchanging programme of workshops, drop-ins and the fabulous monthly Made in Lewes Market.

With Roman and Sarah's fab cafe on site and the famously unbeatable range of quirky shops in Lewes all around a visit is a bit of a no-brainer any day of the week. 

I'll be there throughout July holding 3 workshops starting with:

Workshop No 1: Contemporary RolledEdge Lampshade 3rd July £30
The first workshop on Tuesday 3rd July is a no-sew workshop suitable for absolute beginners. Just bring along a 1/2 metre of your own chosen fabric. I'm a great believer that lampshades are a perfect medium for showing off the textiles you love. The fabric doesn't have to be new - treasured remnants from much loved clothes, curtains or bedding can often make the most lovely shades. For your first attempt a mid weight fabric is best.
Of course I shall be bringing a stash of original vintage barkcloths with me. So yes if you've ever fancied a rummage through those you are most welcome.

Folly and Glee Barkcloth Collection

Available to purchase seperately on the day will also be the full range of amazing quilting cottons from the Patchwork Dog and Basket.

Patchwork Dog and Basket

I've been making lampshades commercially now for over 3 years and I'll be very happy to informally share my tips for anyone considering a lampshade business of their own including sourcing the materials cost effectively, marketing and developing your unique style.
Call PatchworkDogandBasket on 01273 483886 or email Josie at to book your place.

Workshop No 2: Traditional Vintage Patchwork and Lace Lampshade
The second workshop is completely different and promises to be a lot of fun. Traditional lampshade making is an art form - no doubt about it. Historically lampshade makers received as much if not more training then Milliners. But with a little patience, a brave heart and lots of pins we can all create a wonderfully unique traditional soft shade with a patchwork of your favourite vintage fabrics.

I'm really looking forward to seeing what favourite bits and bobs folk bring along to this one. You only need relatively small pieces so I'm guessing there might be remnants of treasured children's outfits, fabulous tea towels, rescued lace from torn curtains,,,who knows. I'll have a small stash with me and downstairs in the Needlemakers is the shop equivalent of an Aladdins cave for vintage textile lovers so I'm sure we won't go short of choices.

Again call PatchworkDogandBasket on 01273 483886 or email Josie at to book your place.

Workshop No 3: Art Shades for Kids
The third workshop is one for the kids. This one might just provoke the most giggles and I'm sure reveal some creative genius.

 If your children ages 4-11 love to draw then bring them along for the opportunity to create their own picture and or design straight on to fabric and then turn it into a professional looking fire retardant lampshade.

This will be a practical but much loved addition to your child's room and they make wonderful gifts. Kits will be available to purchase on the day should you wish to do more at home over the holidays.

We do ask that your child be accompanied so that you can lend a hand and join in the fun. All the materials are provided.

Again call the PatchworkDogandBasket or email Josie at to book you and your childs place for just £25... or why not bring along a friend or sibling too for £40.

I do hope you might be able to come along to a workshop. It would be lovely to meet you and do some lampshading together. I dare say some of us might also be enjoying a cuddle or two with Freddie - the Patchwork Pup....if he's not too busy.

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