Hampshire Based Lampshade Maker


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My name is Sophie Handa and I started Funky Olive Handmade 15 years ago now. I have a passion for all things interiors and as a lampshade maker I love textiles but also love to teach. Why not sign up for one of my drum lampshade workshops, here in the heart of the Hampshire countryside. Here you will find posts on my lampshades, my workshops, interiors as well as features on gardening, running your own business, family life and more.


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By Sophie Handa, May 1 2019 10:07AM

I had meetings up at the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour last week and as I wasn't a million miles from the Portobello Road there was a little hidden gem of a shop that I've been wanting to visit for a very, very long time.

The Cloth Shop, at the far end of the Portobello Road, is a family-run fabric, haberdashery and homewares store. It is packed to the gills, with military precision, with THE most beautiful things. There are row and rows of neatly stacked patterned fabrics in just about every colour you can imagine, rolls of the most devine coloured French linens, dreamy velvets, beautiful hand block printed Indian cottons to die for, blankets, vintage sari kantha quilts, printed cottons and the most delicious array of braids and ribbons. There are equisite vintage Indian treasures from papier mache cow heads to chapati boards. There are beautiful hand thrown pottery pieces, vintage furniture, garden pots and much, much more. I was litterally like a child in sweet shop and thought I'd died and gone to haberdashery heaven!

The staff were incredibly welcoming, knowledgeable and just lovely. I chatted for a long time swapping stories about adventures in India and hearing all about their amazing buying trips. It was an assault on my senses, boosted my well being and renewed my somewhat lacklustre mojo. I came out of the shop buzzing with ideas for what I could make next with my lampshades, but also what I would like to do with my house and confirmed all the things I love about 'my style' of interiors and that I just need to stick to what I do love and not feel pressurized to change!

I cannot recommend a visit to The Cloth Shop highly enough. If you love textiles, vintage treasures from India and beautiful homewares then you simply must go.

Whilst they have a website, it's more of a presence, they do offer mail order. However they have such a beautiful, vast array of fabric most of it simply doesn't make it onto their website making a visit a must!


By Sophie Handa, Apr 15 2019 12:55PM

I love what I do and I particularly love to teach other people how to do what I do! I have been offering modern drum lampshade workshops for a couple of years now. I started out teaching workshops to professionals (mainly soft furnishers/interior designers) locally and then progressed to the general public and larger groups which I taught from our local village hall. I now teach workshops from my home in Hampshire and like to keep them small with just two people or one-to-one, which offers people a more tailored, personal experience and there's always homemade cake!!

I have lots of workshops dates coming up and teach throughout the year. Do check out my next workshop dates or feel free to contact me if you have a date in mind. We are extremely fortunate in that we are just a stone'sthrow from a fabulous country gastro-pub, The Anchor and many of my students have finished a workshop with me and popped up the road for a delicious lunch to finish their day out!

Coming in May, I'll be offering workshops to learn how to make a double sided drum lampshade, which are proving a popular choice. I have cupboards full of beautiful materials(which is included in the price) however students are welcome to bring their own fabric along. For a first time making a shade I'd recommend bringing a good quality cotton, cotton mix or linen, linen mix fabric. Unless you want to spend the morning pulling your hair out, I'd avoid anything silk or with a high polyester content!

Perhaps you've got a special birthday coming up and would like to be treated, or you'd like to treat a friend, sister or Mum for a well earned day out? Or perhaps you would just like to learn a new skill? Whatever the reason, do get in touch to find out more.

By Sophie Handa, Apr 14 2019 09:55AM

Here at Funky Olive Handmade I have a passion for all things interiors, especially when it comes to the little people in our lives. There is literally a whole world of possibilities with kids interiors and with social media at our fingertips these days, there is so much inspiration out there! I recently completely re-did my son's bedroom as a birthday surprise. He was, at the time, really into Star Wars so very loosely themed it around this.

Lighting was an important factor for his room, as it should be in any room in the house. His room is at the back of the house (north facing) so the light isn't always so great and I wanted to inject some warmth into the room with the orange metal Ikea light as well as all the other accessories. I'm not a huge fan of a just a central pendant, so as well as the Ikea light, I introduced some colour changing mood lighting that is under his bed! I also hand painted the mountains on the wall to inject a bit of interest to a plain wall.

There are so many beautiful children's fabrics out there today to make lampshades from and I have a growing collection of favourites. Here are just a few...

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