2 Days
Deposit: £50 , Balance: £225
(Balance due to be settled at least 2 weeks prior to course start date)

Traditional Lampshades are complimentary to curtain making and soft furnishings. It is a great skill to have particularly when recommending accessories for a room scheme. See COURSE PROGRAMME below ..


On completion of this course students will be awarded an Accedited Certificate. Victoria Hammond Academy is accredited by AIM Awards, which is an approved British Awarding Body, regulated by Ofqual. 


You can either make payment in full, or deposit payment. The deposit payment is required to secure your place on the course. It is possible to decide attendance dates at a later time subject to availability – select from the option below ‘dates to be decided’. Balance payment is then due to be settled at least 2 weeks prior to the course start date; £225. On request we can email you a secure online WorldPay link.


All course fees are inclusive of specialist materials, designer fabrics, comprehensive manual and refreshments. There are villages close by that have a selection of food stores. You are also welcome to bring a packed lunch.


Courses run from 9:30am to 5pm. Tea/coffee served at 9:15am. We are on-site from 9am.


Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01227 722244 (+44 outside UK), or email us, if you wish to discuss our courses further or require an alternative payment option.

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Trainer: Angela Constantinou

Angela is an inspiring talented lady; she studied at a renowned university in London, where
she now regularly tutors. She works on residential and commercial commisions in and
around London. She has worked with companies and designers that include Robert Young
Antiques, Mockbee & Co, and Dutch interior designer, Rutger Hopster.
Working on a bowed empire shade, this course will give students the confidence to tackle a
variety of lampshade shapes using traditional hand sewn techniques. No sewing experience
is necessary and this course is suitable for both the beginner and the enthusiastic sewer.


Day One:
  • Discussion of suitable frames and fabrics, suppliers and reconditioning of previously used
  • Binding the frame, calculating fabric amounts and using patterned fabrics.
  • Importance of the grain in fabric and how to get the prefect fit.
  • Initial fitting and pinning of the face and lining fabric on the straight grain.
Day Two:
  • Final fitting and hand stitchng of the face fabric.
  • How to create a balloon lining.
  • Making a flip down trim.
  • Discussion of further suitable trims and how to ‘invisibly’ hand sew these to the shade
  • Discussion of other shape frames and small differences in the fitting process.