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Book Review - Sewing Lampshades by Joanna Heptinstall

Book review - Sewing Lampshades

 If, like me, you love to make useful things for your home, then this book on creating your own bespoke lampshades is perfect for you. Joanna Heptinstall has a wealth of experience in lampshade making and founded the Traditional Upholstery School.

 Tools for making lampshades

At the start of the book there is a basic guide to the tools and materials required to make a lampshade and a well-illustrated section on understanding the component parts of a lampshade, the different shapes you can make and the various fittings you can use. If you are a regular sewer, then you will have most of the tools and skills required for successful lampshade making.


Instructions for making lampshades

Pages from a lampshade making book

The book contains 18 fully illustrated step-by-step instructions on how to make tailored, pleated, faux-pleated and loose cover lampshade designs. The photographs for each step are clear and plentiful so you can see exactly what needs to be done for each step. 


Free motion embroidery lampshade

There are lampshades that incorporate other techniques such as free machine embroidery and ombre dyeing and the preparatory techniques needed to make the fabrics are also included in the book so it's packed full of useful techniques.

The book finishes with suggestions of the correct sized lamp base for your lampshade. 

This is a beautiful, bright and comprehensive guide for anyone wishing to have a go at making a lampshade and decorating their home with lamps. Remember, your finished lampshade will be completely unique and will make a statement and be a talking point in your home for many years to come!


Sewing Lampshades is published by Search Press and is available from their website priced at £14.99