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Soft Shade Immersion
Face-to-face workshop
Saturday 7 September 2024

7 September @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Soft shade with green trim

Soft shade under constructionCreate a Soft Lampshade at this full day workshop.

What is a soft lampshade?
(Sometimes referred to as a softback or soft-lined lampshade). It is a lampshade made using no PVC. Instead it consists of a rigid frame covered with a stretched fabric outer and stretched fabric lining. It is the traditional way of making lampshades.

In this all day session, you’ll learn the basics of creating a simple soft lampshade.

Soft shade blue

These basics are the foundational steps that you will need to know to be able to create a beautiful pleated shade or gathered shade.

Please note that you will not be making a pleated or gathered shade at this workshop, however,the foundation skills you gain can be used to create a pleated or gathered shade later.

Soft lampshades often feature surface detailing which can include pleats, tucks, and gathers for lots of texture.

Gathered soft shade

This is harder to achieve in the same way with hard-backed shades, given the unmalleable nature of the laminated fabric. Making a soft shade involves a small amount of machine sewing and some hand sewing.


9.30am – 4.00pm

Pleated soft shadeWhat’s included?

  • Lampshade frame – either 15cm/25cm or 20cm/30cm (top diameter/bottom diameter)
  • Lampshade lining fabric
  • Morning and afternoon tea

What to bring?

  • Fabric for the outside of the lampshade 1.0m or you can purchase fabric from us on the day
  • Your lunch

Pleated Lampshade

What will you learn?

  • How to cut a pattern for your fabric
  • How to fit and attach the outside fabric
  • How to fit and attach the lining fabric
  • How to create bias trim from your own fabric
  • How to attach the bias trim or purchased trim to the top and bottom

During the session, you will be shown how to adapt what you have learnt to create a pleated or gathered shade.

Pleated Shade

Skill level required
This session is suitable for beginners, but participants will need to be comfortable sewing with a needle and thread. Attention to detail is required.

What will you take home?

  • Your finished lampshade
  • Work sheets covering what you have learnt.

Lampshade frames and lining fabric will be Soft shadeavailable for sale at the conclusion of 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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Soft Shades 7 September 2024
$ 215.00 inc. GST
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7 September
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Julie Hillier
0414 467 405
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Ministry of Handmade Studio
11 Eclipse Street
Bridgeman Downs, QLD 4035 Australia
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