Course Gallery and Student Testimonials

It can be difficult to decide where to learn your craft of choice.  There are courses that are offered in abundance and courses, such as with traditional lampshade making, that only a few centres run.  Courses held by Cocoon Home are taught in exactly the way that we would wish to learn ourselves; Professional hints and tips are given, all the anecdotes of when things have gone wrong and how to avoid them are spoken of, supplier and further reading lists shared, and after course contact is there if you need reassurance or help when you’re on your own.

Angela, Cocoon Home’s owner, came to teaching by accident and it has turned out to be one of the most enjoyable aspects of the business.  She taught at the London Metropolitan University and Homemade London for a number of years, and now offers courses at her own workroom in Tottenham and at Victoria Hammond Interiors in Hertfordshire.  Angela holds a PTLLS teaching qualification, City and Guilds in Soft Furnishing and a BA (Hons) in Music. Course dates can be found on our Courses page or by clicking here.

“I have had the best couple of days learning from the lovely Angela @cocoonhome how to make beautiful hand sewn lampshades.  Such a lovely lady, very generous with her advice and tips and very patient! Constant tea, coffee and lunch with lots of chat, music in the background and listening to Agatha Christie audiobooks while we sewed! Just how a workshop should be.  I would highly recommend signing up for one of Angela’s courses if you get the chance”

“***** Most rewarding two days. Angela is so enthusiastic and a wonderful teacher. Very clear demonstration and explanation. Generous with tips learned from experience. Impossible not to come away itching to start and stretch oneself, but not the fabric excessively!”

“I really loved the course and was so pleased that I came across it online, it more than exceeded my expectations! I also felt lucky to be with such a nice small group. Angela was fantastic, a real whirlwind of fun and knowledge! Thank you for welcoming us each morning and keeping us topped up with caffeine and Kit Kats! Please pass my thanks to Victoria. I look forward to returning in April for the Advanced course”

“Why not blow that trumpet?! Your courses are fantastic 🙂 xx”

“I would love to do more courses with you! I had so much fun trekking up from Dorset for the course, highly recommended x”

“I attended the 2 day Lampshade Making Course this week, brilliant.  I learned a huge amount and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you Angela for everything and for the super lunches.”

“I loved this course, it was the last one I did following all the other wonderful courses run by Victoria Hammond and was all for me, not just as a business venture, learning and laughing – great memories Angela xx”

“My first lampshade with Liberty fabric! I’m very happy with this! Thank you very much for all of my lovely classmates and wonderful teacher Angela who had created a very friendly atmosphere in a class!!Now I’ll find a suitable stand for this and will go second lampshade soon!”

“I still can’t believe that tomorrow is our last lesson!! cry cry cry…but I’m really looking forward to seeing my first lampshade!!”

“What a winning combination you and Victoria are Angela Constantinou, There are not many occasions when wish I still lived in London but after experiencing your lampshade making course on top of Victoria Hammond’s extensive soft furnishing courses I’m wishing I could be in two places at once……… Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience and for making me the very proud owner of a gorgeous bespoke lampshade and ‘all by me own ‘ands!’ xx”

“How would you rate the course?: 5
Did the course meet your expectations?: Exceeded my expectations
What, if anything, would have improved your course experience?: An advanced course being offered
Your comments: I was extremely satisfied with the 3 day course. The tutor, Angela, was an amazing teacher, which made the days fly by and we had a lot of fun learning.”

“How would you rate the course?: 5
Did the course meet your expectations?: Yes
What, if anything, would have improved your course experience? Nothing
Your comments:  great teacher! so enthusiastic! Love the course! Thank you.”

“How would you rate the course?: 5
Did the course meet your expectations?: Yes
What, if anything, would have improved your course experience?: Nothing – it was well run and comprehensive.  I would have liked more Saturdays, but that is purely because I was enjoying it so much.
Your comments:  great teacher! so enthusiastic! Love the course! Thank you.”

“Angela Constantinou, the course tutor was fantastic.  Knowledgable, meticulous and generous with all her skills and tips.  I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.”

“I really enjoyed the course and learnt a wonderful new skill, I am really proud of the lampshade that I made and I can’t wait to make another!”

“Angela was a great tutor that made learning fun in a relaxed atmosphere but I still came away having learned a lot and confident to carry on lampshade making on my own. A really enjoyable and worthwhile course.”

“Great tutor  full of knowledge, enthusiasm, energy, encouragement and fun.”

“I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you very much indeed for all your help & the excellent two days of teaching & all your patience! … I was really happy with my shade and agree with you that everyone’s looked fab! Will definitely send on photos of future shades…”

“Just to say a huge thank you again for such a lovely course, it was brill and you were just lovely.”

“Thank you so much for everything! I have enjoyed the course and I love my lampshade! You were so inspirational to all of us”

“I loved doing the course, really enjoyed it … Lots of invaluable info, I came way feeling very inspired.”

“Just wanted to send a note over to say thanks so much for such a great course!! I had such a great time and can’t wait to get started on the next shade. You were such a great teacher so I’m sure they will turn out fab!”

“To the greatest, most talented, patient, INSPIRING, giving, teacher in the whole world. Thank you for sharing so much with us and for giving Annabel and my self such amazing skills”