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Kalbar Saturday 8 June 2024

8 June @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Lampshades in Kalbar

Visit us in Kalbar! Yes, we are on the road, visiting The Kalbar Emporium, located in the Scenic Rim! Woo hoo! The Kalbar Emporium is the sister business to Brisbane’s fabulous Empire Revival located at Paddington.

Come along – you’ll find 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.

Have a look at our
Lampshade Inspiration Gallery

Instructor: Julie

Time: 3.5 hours

What’s included?

The workshop includes lampshade materials (**excluding fabric**), expert tuition and all necessary tools to make one of the following lampshade sizes:

  • Drum lampshade (vertical sides): 20cm, 25cm or 30cm diameter
  • Empire lampshade (tapered sides): 13cm top diameter/18cm bottom diameter or 15cm top diameter/20cm bottom diameter
  • Morning Tea

If you wish to make a size larger than that listed above, a large range of other sizes will be on offer on the day and you can upgrade (cash or card payments accepted).

Upgrade Lampshade sizes available:

Drum lampshades (straight sides)

Diameter Height Upgrade Fee
20cm 18cm $0
25cm 20cm $0
30cm 24cm $0
35cm 26cm $9
40cm 28cm $13
43cm 30cm $17
50cm 32cm $27

Empire lampshades (tapered sides)

Diameter Height Upgrade Fee
13cm/18cm 14cm $0
15cm/20cmcm 15.5cm $0
20cm/25cm 18cm $5
20cm/30cm 20cm $13
25cm/35cm 24cm $17
30cm/40cm 27cm $27

Selecting your fabric

**Please bring your own fabric OR you can purchase from us on the day of the workshop using cash or card.

These fabrics work well for lampshades: light to medium weight cotton, linen, cotton drill, polyester cotton. Fabrics with very loose weave or coarse or uneven grain or texture are not suitable. 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

Minimum fabric requirements for Drum Lampshade (vertical sides)

  • 20cm lampshade diameter: Fabric required 0.5m high x 70cm wide
  • 25cm lampshade diameter: Fabric required 0.5m high x 90cm wide
  • 30cm lampshade diameter: Fabric required 0.5m high x 110cm wide
  • 35cm lampshade diameter: Fabric required 0.5m high x 120cm wide
  • 40cm lampshade diameter: Fabric required 0.5m high x 135cm wide
  • 50cm lampshade diameter: Fabric required 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.

Minimum fabric requirements for Empire Lampshade (tapered sides)

  • 13cm top diameter/18cm bottom diameter: 0.5m of fabric
  • 15cm top diameter /20cm bottom diameter: 0.5m of fabric
  • 20cm top diameter /25cm bottom diameter: 0.5m of fabric
  • 20cm top diameter /30cm bottom diameter: 0.5m of fabric
  • 25cm top diameter /35cm bottom diameter: 0.5m of fabric
  • 30cm top diameter /40cm bottom diameter: 0.7m of fabric

Minimum fabric requirements for Hero Lamps

  • Hero lampshade – 0.7m high x 0.7m wide

Lamp bases

If you have a lamp base in mind for the shade you are making, please bring the base to the workshop so that we can help select the best size shade.

Lampshade kits

Lampshade kits in a wide variety of sizes will be available for purchase on the day so you can make another lampshade at home. Cash and credit card are accepted.

Renovating old lampshades

It is not suitable to bring old lampshades for rejuvenating. It takes more time to restore an old shade than the time we have available at the workshop.


Can’t make this workshop?

If this workshop is full or the listed date is unsuitable for you, please check our newsletter for advanced notice of our next available workshop.




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8 June
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Julie Hillier
0414 467 405
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101 George Street
Kalbar, QLD 4309 Australia
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0466 630 002
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