Paper-cut Lampshade Workshops

News Update: Due to the current situation with the virus I have had to cancel all of my spring workshops. A couple of dateshave been re-booked for the Autumn, possibly a few more to come. Please check below, thanks!

Make a lampshade for your home using beautiful handmade paper from Japan and Nepal. Learn how to cut and score restful geometric patterns into the surface and then roll and finish with a cotton stitched seam. Your finished lampshade can be hung as a pendant or fitted to any existing table lamp.

Saturday September 12th 2020

10am - 4pm

New Brewery Arts, Cirencester

Saturday October 31st 2020

10am - 4pm

Julia Davey, Bath


What is the process?

The lampshades are made by scoring out a carefully measured pattern onto your panel (paper backed onto lampshade parchment)

I will have prepared a choice of three of my geometric patterns for you to use, or you can design your own. Some patterns use straight lines, some use circles and we will have a chance to try out the various tools before you start working on your final design.

After drawing and cutting out the pattern we will start revealing the design by peeling away layers of the soft paper. This lets the light shine through the areas where the paper is thinnest.

After this, the lampshades are rolled onto their frames and you can choose a thread, either matching or a colour that will contrast with your paper, to stitch a seam adding an eye catching final detail to your finished shade.

My favourite moment is switching on the light bulb and seeing your work lit up for the first time.

I will talk you through every step of the way, you will learn new skills and be able to take home sample pieces to make cards and decorations if you would like. 

What do I need to bring?

If you are making your lampshade for a particular room in the house, you may want to bring photos or samples so that you can match the colours on the day. Otherwise, just bring yourself. 

Any questions, do get in touch.

Low Income?

If you want to come but can't afford it, send me an email and we will see what we can do. I would like these events to be inclusive wherever possible.

© 2016 by Tess Wakeling