Gillian Arnold Lampshade Workshop | Darlington Craft Workshops


Gillian Arnold Lampshade Workshops

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Drum Lampshade Workshops

Join Gillian Arnold for a fun packed evening of lampshade making and wow your friends with a statement interior lighting accent when you tell them, “I made it myself.” Set in our beautiful industrial modern and botanically infused shop in the heart of Darlington. You can bring your own fabric or choose from a wide selection of Gillian’s personally curated designer fabric collection. Gillian has been running professional workshops across the country for over 6 years, with a wealth of experience under her belt you will be in great hands. 

What does the course cover?

You will be producing highly professionally finished lampshade from start to finish that you will take home with you, along with the knowledge and ability to make your own lampshades at home. We will also have take-home kits available for purchase, so you can carry on making lampshades for your friends and family for the years to come. The lampshade will be 30cm wide by 24cm deep and perfect for either a ceiling or lamp fitting.

What’s included?

We provide all the necessary tools, equipment and skills that you will need, so all you need to bring is your own fabric (optional) and a can-do attitude (mandatory). There will be a selection of teas & coffees available. The fabrics available are from a combination of Gillian’s own artwork & a large selection of Gillian’s personally selected prints & designs from other artists. If you want to make a specific lampshade using one of Gillian’s own designs, please inform us in advance so we can make this design available for you. 

If bringing your own fabric

The minimum size you will be able to work with is a rectangle, 28cm by 104cm.

We recommend a fabric made from either cotton or linen and it should measure at least 1.1 metre by 30cm deep. Please keep in mind that if you are using fabric with a large pattern then you may want to bring up to half a meter, so you can get the best pattern for the lampshade.


We run our 1 and half hour workshops from our beautiful shop on Post House Wynd in Darlington, which is newly refurbished with a cool modern industrial look and feel. Easily commutable by car, train or bus, the surrounding area is filled with wonderful restaurants, upmarket bars and lots of great shops, perfect if your wanting to turn your evening into a full night out.

There is both free and paid parking just a short walking distance away, if you would like some more information then get in touch.


30cm wide by 24cm tall (Your Fabric) – £30pp

30cm wide by 24cm tall (Our Fabric) – £35pp

Take Home Kits

Our kits come with an easy to follow instruction sheet, the correct size PVC, lampshade tape, a ring set and some tucking tools, so you can make lampshades out of any fabric you want.

20cm – £10.00, 30cm – 12.50, 45cm – £15.00, 70cm – £25.00

We advise pre-ordering kits. 

Buy as a Gift

You can also buy this item as a gift, perfect for budding crafters. Choosing this option will allow the recipient to attend any of the classes. Please ensure that the recipient contacts us in advance, to ensure that space is still available on the workshop and so we can prepare enough kits. They will need the order number, which will be displayed on the order confirmation page and the e-mailed receipt.


Additional information

Workshop Option

Bring own fabric, Purchase designer fabric

Lampshade Workshop Dates

Buy as a Gift, Wed 13th Mar – 6:30pm, Sat 23rd Mar – 10:30am, Sat 6th April – 10:30am, Wed 1st May – 6:30pm, Wed 22nd May – 6:30pm, Sat 1st June – 10:30am, Weds 19th June – 6:30pm


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