Passementerie – make a cotton key tassel with Anna Crutchley

Constructed and woven textiles

Ref: S1D11609

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About this course

Learn traditional techniques for making tassels, but with distinctly contemporary, decorative features which will give your work an individual touch.

Course Description

In this course you will work with wooden tassel moulds and fine yarns in a glorious colour range, techniques will include how to cover the tassel mould vertically with yarn, make twisted bullion or plain cut skirts, and decorate the skirts with beads and/or feathers. Techniques for making twisting cord using a special four-hook cordwinding tool will also be explored.

The course is suitable for all abilities from starters up to those who have taken a related course and have exisiting skills. All techniques will be demonstrated and carefully explained. All that is required is an ability to work with fine yarns and on a small scale.

Expect to complete one tassel during the course.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply the materials to make one cotton key tassel during the course.

What students need to bring

  • Bring any collections of beads and feathers you may have and wish to include
  • Scissors (one large and one small pair of SHARP scissors)

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • Yarns, tassel moulds, bullion twine, beads and feathers
  • The tutor will bring extra materials which students may buy for further work at home, including the Anna Crutchley Cordtwister
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


Anna Crutchley

Anna Crutchley trained in woven textiles and is a designer-maker of bespoke furnishing trimmings which she produces for furniture restorers, upholsterers, heritage organisations, interior decorators and private clients. She is teacher with 30 years experience and her inspirational books on passementerie have become key texts.

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