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.

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Drum Lampshade Workshops

Join Gillian Arnold for a fun packed class of lampshade making and wow your friends with a statement interior lighting accent when you tell them, “I made it myself.” 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 a 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. Lampshades can be made in a variety of sizes, see the size options for more details.

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). The fabrics available include a small combination of Gillian’s own artwork as well as a very 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. 

The base workshop price includes the components to build your own 20cm diameter lampshade if you bring your own fabric – when you arrive you will have the opportunity to upgrade to a larger sized lampshade, or purchase some designer fabric if you haven’t brought your own.

If you would like to increase the size of your lampshade, it’s £5 to upgrade to a 30cm lampshade, or £10 for a 45cm lampshade.

Some of Gillian’s fabric, and Gillian’s personally curated fabrics, may be purchase at an additional £5 for a 20cm or 30cm, or £7.50 for 45cm. 

For example, if you want to upgrade to a 45cm lampshade using Gillian’s fabric, it is an additional £17.50 to cover the extra materials.  (£10 on the ring sets, £7.50 for the fabric).

 If you would like to upgrade, please let us know in advance so we can be sure we have the right materials available on the night. You can make this payment on the night, or pay over the phone in advance.  


If bringing your own fabric

20cm – The minimum size you will be able to work with is a rectangle, 28cm by 75cm.
30cm – The minimum size you will be able to work with is a rectangle, 28cm by 105cm.
45cm – The minimum size you will be able to work with is a rectangle, 28cm by 155cm.

We recommend a fabric made from either cotton or linen and it should ideally measure at least 1.6 metre by 30cm deep, to account for the largest size lampshade available. 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 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. There is both free and paid parking just a short walking distance away, if you would like some more information then get in touch.

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

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. Kits can be purchased on the night. 

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

Lampshade Workshop Dates

Buy as a Gift, Wednesday 25th September | Darlington | 6:30pm, Saturday 28th September | Bishop Auckland | 1030am


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