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Make a Block Printed Lampshade with The Indian Block Print Co + WIN a Lampshade Printing Workshop

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

Designing and making your own bespoke lampshade just got even more creative! Today, we're happy to be partnering with the talented team at The Indian Block Print Co, whose incredible range of wooden block prints are perfect for creating your own unique fabric, to use with our Needcraft Lampshade Making Kits, to make a stunning handmade lampshade.

Teaching you both the skills of to create your own block printed tile effect fabric and the lampshade making process, Tess, from The Indian Block Print Co, has created an exclusive YouTube video featured below and we have two tickets to GIVEAWAY for a full-day face-to-face Lampshade Printing Workshop, worth £95 each! Read the post below to find out how to enter!

The Indian Block Print Co.

Founded in 2010, by Maggie Sheehan, following an inspirational trip to India to meet wooden block carvers, Maggie then built The Indian Block Print Co with the clear aims of supporting and honouring the lives and traditional skills of her Indian team and ensuring sustainable materials for her creative products, with a view to inspiring any non-crafter or crafter to give block printing a go!

The UK’s largest range of wood print blocks ensued and is still growing today, featuring everything from corgis to cow parsley and beetroot to border patterns, not forgetting the intricate Paisley and Ethnic designs the traditional roots of Indian block printing designs.

Sold alongside paints for all surfaces in a range of finishes and all of the equipment you need for successful block printing, The Indian Block Print Co, is definitely the place to start your block printing journey.

What is wooden block printing?

Wooden block printing is a form of relief printing, with negative space carved from the wooden block to create a positive space pattern. Rather than dipping the block into the paint, this is applied directly onto the block using a sponge or sponge dabber, to create an even layer of paint.

By using a soft surface underneath, such as the recommended foam printing mat, the wooden block print when pressed sinks slightly into the surface of the fabric, creating a clearer and crisper print, particularly since not all the block surfaces are 100% even, due to each one being individually hand carved.

Wooden block printing can be either uniform in design, like the tile print featured in the Lampshade Printing YouTube tutorial below or can be random, with motifs printed at different angles all over your fabric.

How To Make a Block Printed Lampshade

What you’ll need to make your Block Printed Lampshade

What you'll learn

  • Tips and techniques to block print a pattern

  • How to make a two colour block print using one wooden block

  • Techniques for printing an even printed pattern directly onto the fabric covered lampshade panel from our Needcraft Lampshade Making Kit

  • How to make your block printed lampshade

Indian Block Printing Co Courses

As the UK’s largest stockist of traditional and contemporary wood printing blocks, along with specialist paints, blanks and printing equipment, The Indian Block Print Co’s mission is to ensure block printing is accessible to anyone, whether you want to try it at home or attend a face to face workshop, at their Oxfordshire studio.

With a range of workshops from Introduction To Block Printing Workshop, a beginners printing course on both fabric and paper, through to taking your skills up a level with Learning Pattern Repeats Workshop, the fabulous team at the Indian Block Printing Co have the skills, equipment and expertise to teach you everything you need to know about block printing, while drinking tea and eating cake!

Their popular full-day Lampshade Printing Workshop, includes time to experiment with block print patterns and colour combinations before printing your hand-printed lampshade, and with a choice of 15cm, 20cm & 30cm drum shades sizes, you can make a ceiling pendant or table lamp. With new dates added to the website, get ahead and book your place for autumn - 23rd August (10am - 4pm), 21st September (10am - 4pm) and 14th October (10am - 4pm) or WIN a place in our Giveaway below!

WIN a Lampshade Printing Workshop

We’ve two tickets to giveaway for a full day face-to-face Lampshade Printing Workshop at The Indian Block Print Co’s Oxfordshire studios, worth £95 each!

To enter:

1. Like our post on Facebook or Instagram

2. Follow Needcraft and The Indian Block Print Co on Facebook or Instagram



3. Tag 3 friends in the comments on the competition post

Please note, workshop tickets are valid for 12 months and will be sent as a digital voucher to the winner via email. The voucher can be redeemed when booking your course date on The Indian Block Print Co’s website.


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