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Sun, Sep 03


Hobbysew Top Ryde

Introduction to Lampshade Making - Ryde, Sydney

Learn how to make fabulous, truly unique lampshades using fabrics from your stash, or purchased instore - what a great way to spend a Sunday! Bring a friend and make a day of it!

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Introduction to Lampshade Making - Ryde, Sydney
Introduction to Lampshade Making - Ryde, Sydney

Time & Location

Sep 03, 2023, 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Hobbysew Top Ryde, Top Ryde City Shopping Centre - Level 2, Shop MM20, Devlin St, Ryde NSW 2112, Australia

About the event


Participants will not only be going home with their own fabulous bespoke lampshade, but will get a thorough grounding into the craft of modern lampshade making (where the fabric is bonded to a stiff lining).

There is no sewing or glueing involved in this method - and the materials used are professional shademaking supplies as used in the industry.

Your tutor is professional lampshade maker Kate Malfroy, who runs workshops from her south coast studio, and other locations around NSW.

You can choose to make either a drum shape or tapered (Empire) shape shade - options are shown at checkout.

In this beginner-level workshop there is a min 6/max 10 students so you are guaranteed personal attention.


No prior knowlegde, or skills are required - this is Lampshade Making 1.01 .

Kate will guide you step by step through the shade-making process, sharing numerous tricks and tips of the trade whilst doing her best to make this experience as enjoyable as possible!

Tip:  Of the 2 shapes available in this workshop - Drum shades are definitely easier (ie: less fiddly)

What's included

  • All the supplies are included in the workshop fee (except fabric).. this includes professional quality adhesive backings, frames, and tools
  • There's a cafe on site adjacent to our workroom ( including proper coffee and yummy light food available to purchase)

What to bring

  • BYO fabric (see below)
  • Good Scissors (don't worry if you don't have any - there'll be spares available)
  • Craft Scissors (any old scissors - don't have to be sharp)
  • An old credit, or store loyalty card (something that doesn't matter if it gets a bit bent)


  • QTY:  minimum size piece of full-width (110cm) x 50cm
  • TYPE:   best are lightweight cotton, or poly-cotton mix;  linen or any other lightweight natural fibres, IE:  quilting fabric is IDEAL!
  • TIP:  Avoid fabrics with a loose, open, coarse weave;  upholstery weight;  slinky, sheer or stretchy


  • Hobbysew Top Ryde is a fabric-lover's Paradise! There's an amazing variety of fabrics to buy, most of them perfect for this project (but of course feel free to bring your own from home), with super helpful staff on hand
  • You can park right at the door of the store - level 2 in car park (free parking)
  • The store opens at 10am
  • If you are planning on purchasing your fabric instore on the day, please ensure you have done so well before the start time of 10.30am

What else

Take-home Lampshade Kits will be available to purchase if you'd like to turn your lampshade into a pair, or make another size/shape entirely


Due to the difficulties of refilling short-notice vacancies in small-group workshops:

  • Sorry there is No refund for cancellations, but...
  • ...  tickets are fully transferrable, so if you can't make it - it's fine to pass it on to a friend to come instead
  • If you are genuinely sick on the day please get in touch rather than attend

Further info

Following booking a detailed info sheet will be emailed to you with all full details about the location, what to bring and more.

If you have further questions please don't hesitate to contact Kate via the Contact form or email


  • Lampshade Intro Workshop

    Fee includes everything except fabric for a medium size drum or tapered modern lampshade

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    • A$165.00
    • A$165.00



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