From Recent Students

“I had been searching high and low for an online course on how to make gathered fabric lampshades, so when Minerva Workshop released their own online course, I was delighted! The course is extremely well put together, with clear, professional, informative videos, demonstrated by Lottie, who expertly guides and encourages you through the lampshade making process. The production of the course is very high quality and comes with notes as well as videos, which are useful to refer back to. I am completely hooked now and cannot wait to start my next shade. I can 100% say that I would not have finished my shade to such a high standard without the help of this course. Thank you Lottie and Minerva Workshop. ”

Darran - Ireland


Lottie Cole


Lottie Founded Minerva Workshop in 2019 and since then has curated a successful programme of artists and artisans who come and share their expertise. She's super excited to be bringing Minerva Workshop courses to you, wherever you may be in the world.

Tracey English

Artist & Illustrator

Tracey English is a hugely successful artist and illustrator with an instantly recognisable style. Most days she can be found in her studio in South West London surrounded by paper snips. Tracey works on many varied commissions and licensing projects always using collage as her first choice of techniques. She loves pattern and colour and tries as much as possible to bring that into all the images she creates. Nature and the environment are a constant source of inspiration.

From our studio in London

We've brought all our expertise teaching in-person workshops to create a wonderful online on-demand course for you to learn at your own pace.

(Above) A Happy Student starting to attach the balloon lining of her lampshade.


  • What's covered in the Gathered Lampshade Course

    Every step of the process of making a Gathered Lampshade has a video demonstration and is also accompanied by text notes.

  • What if I get stuck?

    We hope you won't! We've really used all our expertise to ensure we're showing how to make a Gathered Lampshade to a high standard...but you can drop us an email if you do get stuck. Or we also offer 1:1 Zoom sessions for £49 for 40 minutes where we can really trouble shoot your process.

  • Kit or No Kit?

    You can purchase the course with or without a kit. What you'll need is listed in the text notes and demonstrated across the videos so if you would prefer to source or already have many of the things you might find the no-kit option preferable.

  • Is postage included?

    The course + kit price includes worldwide postage. We get in touch with you directly after your purchase to get your postal address.

  • Will you send outside Europe?

    We've sent kits as far and wide as Brazil, Australia, America and beyond. We post the kit tracked on the next working day and hope that you'll receive your lovely package within 5-10 working days. Sometimes it takes longer.....but your patience is rewarded!