On this course, you will be taught the skills needed to make your own, bespoke, hand stitched lampshade. You will be taught mainly as a group, with individual discussion and tuition given as needed to develop specific ideas or to practise key techniques.
The course will begin on the first evening with an explanation about different styles of lampshades and discussion about the key role that they can play as part of a vibrant and interesting interior design scheme. We will look at different textiles, colours and patterns, and you will be encouraged to talk about the fabrics that you have brought with you – hopefully, this won’t be too daunting in a room full of supportive textile enthusiasts!
Over the following two days, the tutor will guide you through the process of making your gathered lampshade from start to finish. The following core skills will be covered: binding the lampshade frame, measuring and manipulating the fabric to create the gathers, lining the lampshade, finishing and adding trimmings.
The course predominantly involves hand stitching and a small amount of machine sewing. No previous experience of either is required, just a passion for textiles and the patience to sit and enjoy the process of hand stitching.
At the end of the course, we will discuss the sourcing of frames, materials and other supplies. Additional frames and a small quantity of fabric will be available to purchase from your tutor. You will leave the course with the confidence and knowledge (and enthusiasm!) to go on to create your own beautiful gathered lampshades after the course has finished.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Eloise Scotland is a contemporary lampshade maker and tutor, with a passion for pattern and colour. Having trained originally as an upholsterer, Eloise soon realised that lampshades allowed more opportunity to indulge her love of textiles. She works directly with individual clients and interior designers to make bespoke pieces using traditional techniques.
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