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Ministry of Handmade Lampshade Workshop

June 8 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Get the Ministry of Handmade advantage! We use the same techniques that the professional lampshade makers use . . . no sewing, no glueing!

Create your own professional standard drum or empire lampshade from scratch. Using fabric of your choice, make a new décor item that will be the hero of a room at your place or co-ordinate with existing furnishings.

Instructor: Julie

Time: 3 hours

Cost: $125 for a 20cm, 25cm or 30cm diameter drum shade or a 13cm/18cm or 15cm/20cm empire shade.

Book Now: Ministry of Handmade (scroll down the page for the booking section)

Provided: All other lampshade making equipment and tools for all lampshades (except fabric). If you are unable to source fabrics prior to the workshop we will have a variety of designer fabrics available for sale. For all fabric recommendations and requirements please see below.

Optional extras: All extras (including fabric) are payable at the workshop

  • Increase to 35cm shade – $9 extra
  • Increase to 40cm shade – $13 extra
  • Increase to 43cm shade – $17 extra
  • Increase to 50cm shade – $27 extra
  • Add a diffuser* for 40cm shade – $34
  • Add a diffuser* for 50cm shade – $46
  • Change to empire shade 20cm/30cm – $13 extra
  • Change to empire shade 25cm/35cm – $17 extra
  • Change to empire shade 30cm/40cm – $27 extra

*Diffuser – An optional extra for when the 40cm or 50cm shade is being used as a pendant, to help spread the light from the bulb evenly. Can be easily removed for cleaning.

Minimum fabric requirements for drum lampshades:

  • 20cm – 0.5m high x 70cm wide
  • 25cm – 0.5m high x 90cm wide
  • 30cm – 0.5m high x 110cm wide
  • 35cm – 0.5m high x 120cm wide
  • 40cm – 0.5m high x 135cm wide
  • 43cm – 0.5m high x 138cm wide
  • 50cm – 0.5m high x 1.8m wide*

*The long length of the fabric for a 50cm (or larger) lampshade is cut parallel to the selvedge (running down the roll), therefore, please choose a fabric with a design that works well in this orientation.

Fabric requirements for empire shades:

  • 13cm/18cm: 0.3m of fabric
  • 15cm/20cm: 0.5m of fabric
  • 20cm/30cm: 0.5m of fabric
  • 25cm/35cm: 0.5m of fabric
  • 30cm/40cm: 0.6m of fabric

Fabric selection: Light to medium weight cotton, linen, cotton drill, polyester cotton. Fabrics with very loose weave or coarse or uneven grain or texture are not really suitable. Fabric may be purchased from Ministry of Handmade.
For empire shades, fabrics with designs that run obviously horizontally or vertically are not suitable as the shade curves. If you have any questions about this please contact Julie create@ministryofhandmade.com.au

Lampshade kits: Are available for purchase on the day so you can make another lampshade at home.



June 8
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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