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Summer 2024: Tassel Making & Trimmings

Venue: Wendy Cushing Passementerie Workshop, Muswell Hill London N10

Deadline to apply: 29/07/2024

Dates: This workshop will run for four days on Wednesday 31st July, Thursday 1st August, Wednesday 7th August and Thursday 8th August 2024. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early.

Workshop Information

The course involves learning all aspects of the making of fringes, braids, tassels and tie-backs for soft furnishings and interior decoration. It is a unique industry and craft taught by one of the few remaining specialist companies in the UK.


The workshop will include the following

  • 1st stage – Tutor: Wendy A Cushing & Shahnaz Aslam
    • Introduction to the world of making tassels and trimmings History and study Tutoring in the main skills
    • Weaving tassel making and rope making
    • Manufacturing techniques include tuition on how to create trimming designs. Colour and material
    • Project 1: Each student will create a mood board showing their own trim design in an interior setting.


  • 2nd stage – Tutor: Shahnaz Aslam
    • Practical training of the techniques in making tassels.
    • Using available gimps and threads . Students will practise all techniques
    • Project 2: Each student will make a tassel and decorative rosette


All materials and equipment will be supplied. Students should bring:

  • A notebook
  • A4 Sketch book
  • Pencil and pen


Meet the Tutors

Wendy A Cushing is the founder of her company and set up her own company in 1986. She began her career after a degree in Woven textiles and started her first job as a handweaver in one of the oldest Trimmings companies in England called A Sindall Ltd in London in 1979. She has a wealth of knowledge after 44 years in the trade and continues to design and supply trimmings around the world. WCP are specialists in custom trimmings for Middle Eastern Palaces as well as producing historical trimmings for royal households and Stately homes in Europe.

WCP have worked on many historical projects including Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and more. displays the trimmings.


Mrs Shahnaz Aslam has worked in the industry for 35 years and has worked for WCP for most of that time as a tassel maker and she is also a qualified seamstress. She is experienced in all aspects of making tassels and tie-backs and will be teaching the techniques.



This workshop will start daily at 10am and finish at approximately 4:30pm.

(please bring lunch with you)


Transferable Skills and Future Careers

TCDT workshops give a chance to develop a range of transferable skills and valuable insight to possible career paths. Some of the career choices our alumni have pursued include; Architecture, Engineering, Fine Art, Jewellery Making, Art Conservation, Glass Working, Theatre Design, Fashion Design, Costume Design – the list is growing!


Eligibility Criteria

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

To take part in the course you must have a creative outlook and be interested in sewing or craftwork and have some experience in working with your hands. The career path for this type of work will include interior design, soft furnishings, upholstery, fashion , historical furnishings and restoration. 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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