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Tassel Making Workshop

Meet + Make with Ruth Waller
27 February 2024

Make your own sumptuous tassel inspired by the Talleyrand Bed with textile artist Ruth Waller.

Join us to try your hand at the endangered heritage craft of Passementerie, the art of making elaborate trimmings including tassels. Ruth will guide you through the process, with an array of textured threads to choose from.

The Talleyrand Bed is currently on show in our museum. This elaborate bed dates from the late eighteenth century and originally belonged to the French politician the Prince de Talleyrand. It is covered in 160m of silk trimmings, all sewn by hand, and will provide the perfect inspiration for your tassel.

All materials and equipment will be provided.

This workshop is part of Meet + Make, a series of public engagement events running alongside our contemporary exhibition Work Life: Life’s Work.

Meet the Tutor

Ruth Waller Harley Studios

Ruth Waller

Ruth Waller is a contemporary textile artist and half of the creative partnership Waller Hewett. Waller Hewett create artwork and installations which combine art, design and craft, and have won them numerous awards including ‘Best in Show’ at the London Craft Fair.

She is also a highly experienced tutor and teaches across the Harley Foundation’s education programme. Ruth works from her Harley Foundation Studio on the Welbeck Estate.


Booking Information

Tuesday 27 February

10.30am – 1pm



This event is partially funded by Inspire: Libraries, Museums and Culture.

We require all participants to complete a short registration form on booking.

Meet for this workshop in the Harley Gallery.