Opportunities to learn a new craft from an expert are coming to the town over the next three months. Pippa Brewer, owner of Toodlepip at The Emporium Somerset in Mantle Street, Wellington, is hosting workshops in lampshade-making at The Emporium Somerset on February 13, March 21 and April 10 from 7pm to 9pm.
Pippa, who makes and sells handmade toyboxes and lampshades in the shop, said,“Last year I hosted some really successful workshops so I thought I would host more for anyone who missed out last time. They’re a great opportunity for people to learn a new skill and they’ll be able to take their creations home with them afterwards.”
Each workshop will last two hours and will cost £40 per person. Attendees will learn how to make their own 30cm or 20cm lampshade that can be hung from the ceiling or used on a lampstand. All they need to bring with them is a minimum of half a metre of their chosen fabric.
The lampshades can be made with cotton, linen or upholstery fabric, as long as it is not too thick. There will also be a selection of fabrics available to purchase on the night.
Pippa, who is from Wellington, has always been a maker and upcycler. After becoming a mum in 2015 she wanted to turn her passion into a business and began selling toyboxes made from recycled apple crates. She then used the same fabrics to make lampshades.
The workshops are suitable for beginners and places can be booked through The Emporium Somerset’s Co-owner, Cato Cooper, on 01823 660076.
Cato said: “Pippa’s workshops are great fun and ideal for anyone who wants to learn a new craft. We hope lots of people come along – and they can really make a night of it by inviting friends too.”