Lampshade Making Workshop


Make your own beautiful lampshade with Brisbane-based artists and designers, Ministry of Handmade. This workshop is available on two different dates - Saturday 27th or Sunday 28th July.

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.

This technique is the same used by professional lampshade makers - no sewing or gluing is required! 

This workshop includes your choice of one of the following lampshade sizes:

  • 20cm diameter drum shade
  • 25 cm diameter drum shade
  • 13cm/18cm empire shade
  • 15cm/20cm empire shade

Optional extras:

All extras (including fabric) are payable at the workshop.

Increase to 30cm shade – $5 extra

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/25cm – $10 extra

Change to empire shade 20cm/30cm – $13 extra

Change to empire shade 25cm/35cm – $17 extra

Change to empire shade 30cm/40cm – $27 extra

Change to Hero Lamp – $89 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

50cm – 0.5m high x 1.8m wide*

Hero lampshade – 0.7m high x 0.7m 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: 0.5m of fabric

15cm/20cm: 0.5m of fabric

20cm/25cm: 0.5m of fabric

20cm/30cm: 0.5m of fabric

25cm/35cm: 0.5m of fabric

30cm/40cm: Please email Julie

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.

Price: $130| $125 Friends of the Gallery

Where: Rockhampton Art Gallery (entry via the front of the Gallery, directly off Victoria Parade)

Who: Anybody aged 17+ who is curious about trying a new activity or making a beautiful lampshade to use in the home or give as a gift. No experience necessary.

Parking: Victoria Parade or Bolsover Car Park behind the Gallery

About the Tutor 

Ministry of Handmade is owned and run by two Brisbane creatives, Julie and Maurice Hillier. They run creative textile workshops teaching handmade skills with a modern twist. Workshops include dressmaking, soft furnishings, lampshades, upholstery, simple furniture renovation, crochet, basket coiling and more!


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  • Saturday, 27 July 2019 | 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Rockhampton Art Gallery, 62 Victoria Parade, Rockhampton City 4700  View Map

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