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Venue: Online

Dates: This online workshop rann from Monday 2nd August 2021 until Friday 6th August 2021.  

Workshop Information

Course Outline

During this online workshop, students will learn to make a traditional French-style squab cushion.

Successful applicants will receive a kit of materials for this workshop.


This course will be run by Creative Dimension Tutor Iain Stephens.

Iain is the Senior Upholstery Conservator-Restorer at the Royal Household, based in the Conservation Workshops in Windsor.

Traditional upholstery practical skills are essential in conserving and restoring furniture and play a vital role in maintaining a working collection of furniture within Royal Residences.  Squab cushions are traditionally horse-hair cushions, neatly, intricately and tightly stitched to create an immaculate profile on historic furniture.



Students must report for group teaching at 10am for a 30 minute tutorial. Following the first session, students will go offline to create their own work. The afternoon session will include private one-to-one sessions, a show and tell, and a briefing for the following day.


Transferable Skills and Future Careers

All of our workshops provide you with the valuable chance to learn transferable skills. This is a great workshop for anyone who is also interested in learning some of the skills required for careers in: Fashion, Textile Design, Upholstery, Costume Making and Theatre Set Design (to name a few).


Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be 16 – 19 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have an interest in the careers listed above, or similar areas. You should also have good hand-eye co-ordination.

In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying.


Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


There are only 4 spaces available on this workshop. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. 


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