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Lampshades in Miles
Saturday 2 March and Sunday 3 March

Saturday 2 March 2019 - Sunday 3 March 2019

Lampshade with Marimekko print

Wow! We have been invited to deliver four lampshade workshops in Miles at the Along The Garden Path progressive art weekend! The event is being organised by the Drillham State School P&C.

Such an honour!

Two workshops each day:
Our lampshade workshops are in the morning and the afternoon on both Saturday 2 March and Sunday 3 March.

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

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.

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:

  • 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.

Important Information

Lampshade ring washer sizesLampshade ring set size: Please note that the lampshades we make in the workshop are suitable to fit a standard Australian light fitting with a 29mm diameter inner fitting washer.  The larger European lamp bases have a 42mm diameter inner fitting washer. Typically, lamps with the larger washer are found in IKEA, sometimes in Freedom and other places. Please let us know in advance if you need something other than the Australian standard size. 

Lamp bases: If you have a base in mind for the shade you are making, please bring the base with you so we can help you select the best size.

Note: Please do not bring old lampshades for rejuvenating. It takes more time to restore an old shade than the time we have available at the workshop.


As the Along The Garden Path event is organised by the Drillham State School P&C please visit their page for more information and tickets.


Along The Garden Path Tickets



Saturday 2 March 2019
Sunday 3 March 2019
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Drillham State School P&C
0417 775 494


Leichardt Centre, Miles
29 Dawson Street
Miles, Queensland 4415 Australia
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(07) 4679 4000