Embroidery Workshop - Pom Pom Tassel Making (Passementerie)

Embroidery Workshop - Pom Pom Tassel Making (Passementerie)

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Lancaster Castle

Castle Grove



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Learn the heritage craft of tassel making, also known as passementerie, in the historic Lancaster Castle.

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Enjoy a day of pom pom tassel making, where you will create a colourful, wooden topped tassel from pure wool and cotton. Learn how to use a cord winder to create a skirted, ruffed tassel. This tassel design blends beautiful colours with organic design - just the thing to get you feeling creative.

Originally Western tassels were a series of windings around a string, later wooden moulds were used to achieve the desired shape. The French dominated the tassel market, apprentices took seven years to become a passementerie. In the Middle East tassels were worn as talismans to protect from evil spirits and demons. Use your tassel as a decorative ornament or even to finish off an interior furnishing.

The workshop lasts from 10 am to 4 pm, we will be learning to craft a tassel from its components whilst also learning a little more about the rich heritage of tassel making if you don't finish your tassel, not to worry! Everything required will be in your kit for you to finish off at home.

All levels of stitchers are welcome from beginners to experts - come and try your hand at passementerie, identified by the Heritage Crafts Association as an endangered craft.


Your included kit will provide everything required to create your unique tassel. Coffee or tea and delicious cakes from Atkinson's fabulous cafe just across the courtyard is included.


The workshop takes place in my lovely studio in Lancaster Castle which is easy to get to, by train, bus or car, with the station only 5 minutes away and plenty of pay and display spaces outside the castle.

There is a maximum of eight students to ensure everyone gets personal support.

Cancellation policy:

Please use the Eventbrite cancellation button, we will refund 95% (the admin fee is 5%) up to two weeks before. Between 2 weeks and 24 hours we can offer a 50% refund, unless a suitable replacement can be found before the class. No cancellations within 24 hours of the class.

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