Gillian Arnold Lampshade Workshop | North East Craft Workshops

Discover an amazing night of craft and conversation with Gillian Arnold’s Make your own lampshade workshop, based in Darlington & Bishop Auckland. See full details below. Select your workshop date from the drop down list below…

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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 shops in the hearts of Darlington and Bishop Auckland. 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 high quality, 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. The default lampshade will be 20cm wide by 24cm deep and ideal on a table lamp stand, unless you choose to upgrade to a larger size.

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.) You can choose to make the lampshade either as a pendant (ceiling) or table on the night.


You will also have the choice to purchase some of Gillian's fabric, along with some of her personally curated selection. You can also choose to make a wider diameter 30cm or 45cm lampshade, though the height remains 24cm. If you want to to make a larger lampshade, please let us know in advance so we can ensure we have the correct parts for you.

To increase the lampshade diameter, it is +£5 for the 30cm, or +£10 for the 45cm.
To purchase some of Gillian's fabric, it is +£5 for 20cm/30cm lampshades, or +£7.50 for 45cm.

These are charged separately, so to increase to a 45cm AND buy some of Gillian's fabric would be a further £17.50.

You can pay for the upgrades at the class itself, or in advance at our Darlington shop, or over the phone.

If bringing your own fabric

The minimum size you will be able to work depends on the size of lampshade you wish to make. Ideally, we recommend a rectangle at least 30cm tall and at least 80cm for a 20cm, 1.1M for a 30cm or 1.6M for a 45cm by length. We recommend a fabric made from either cotton or linen, although you can use other fabrics. Please keep in mind that if you are using fabric with a large pattern then you may want to bring more than the minimum size, so you can get the best pattern for the lampshade.


We run our Darlington workshops in from our shop, 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.

Gillian Arnold, 10-11 Post House Wynd, Darlington, DL3 7LU

We run our Bishop Auckland workshops from Gillian’s dedicated community and events space which is used for a wide range of different activities. Located centrally in Bishop Auckland there are beautiful and historic buildings and lots of charming boutique interior and gift shops within minutes of this location, perfect for creating a full days worth of activities.

ANANAS, 1 Fore Bondgate, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7PF

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

Additional information

Lampshade Workshop Dates

Thursday 5th March | Bishop Auckland | 6:30pm, Wednesday 1st April | Darlington | 6:30pm, Buy as a Gift


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