August 2014

Forgive this slightly late post, but i wanted to share some photos from my latest Shade School which took place at Guthrie Ghani a couple of weeks ago. Blimey, i just love teaching in this wonderful room. Those beams, that chandelier…

workshop roomThere is so much to learn in the day so we got started right away.

group working

This group had travelled from as far as Cardiff and Sheffield and were wonderfully determined to make progress. Their focus and concentration was brilliant!

two stitching new

trim stitching new

Here’s a few of the students with their nearly finished shades! Just final trims to add as homework.

nearly finishedAnd later that day a couple of the students shared their finished pieces with me. I’m so proud of everything the group achieved in a day! This is Hayley’s rather wonderful yellow polka dot shade with heavy cotton fringe.

hayley's lamp

If you’d like to learn traditional shade making, you can book a course here at Guthrie Ghani. The next dates are 12th October and 30th November. If you’d like any more information, you can email me on

Here’s what some previous students have to say about the course…

“I thoroughly enjoyed it, well worth the trip. I’d definitely come again!” Hayley, August 2014

“I really enjoyed yesterday’s Shade School. It was lovely to meet you….the teaching was very thorough”. Frances, June 2014