Constructed and woven textiles

Passementerie – drop tassels and cords with Anna Crutchley

Ref: SWE08996


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About this course

Drop-tassels (without skirts) are used as curtain tie-backs and key fobs in historical interiors. Employing traditional methods, make one, or more, tassels in richly coloured cotton, learning to roll conical or domed wooden moulds with gimp, cover and decorate it.

Course Description

Gain a range of traditional passementerie skills for making the type of furnishing tassels often found in historic interiors.

On the first evening we will start making a tassel in the workshop.

Forget the conventional tassel with its cut or bullion skirt. There is a whole group of tassels found in historical interiors that are composed of groups of wooden moulds, usually in a series of domed and conical shapes set together, which make fabulous decorations to hang from curtain poles, as key fobs. They make use of all the traditional passementerie techniques, are extremely elegant, and great fun to make. In this workshop, we will be making this type of tassel.

We will be using cotton yarns in a rich colour range, rayon gimps, and wooden tassel moulds. Techniques will include how to roll the mould with a gimp, as well as cover it vertically with yarn. Decoration on top of the moulds will include S and Z striped cords, ruffs and pompoms, and a suspension cord. As a guide, we will make one 10cm tassel, over the weekend.

The tutor will demonstrate all techniques, followed by one-to-one guidance as your projects progress.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply many of the materials required, including a range of tassel moulds and yarns for purchase, the cost of these will be between £15-20 per tassel, depending on the size of tassel(s) made - this charge should be paid to the tutor before the end of the course, by cash or cheque.

What students need to bring

  • A tape measure and ruler
  • Good sharp scissors - one large and one small pair
  • Wire snips
  • A few knitting needles, including one 2 or 3 mm (old size 12/13)
  • A long sewing needle, about 6-8cm long (if you can find one), Doll needles are good
  • A few cocktail sticks
  • A small ball of old knitting wool
  • Please note: the tutor has extra equipment for those who do not have the items above (other than scissors which are essential).

Available to buy

  • UHU clear glue or Evo-stick impact adhesive


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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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