Learn the traditional techniques of tassel-making for interior decoration, as practised in trimmings workshops in the UK and Europe, and using a wooden mould and high quality yarns.
You will learn how to cover the tassel mould vertically with yarn, making either pompoms or mini-tassels for the skirt, and binding the central section with a ruff. The tassel will be assembled with a cord, made on a hand-held cordtwister. High quality cotton and wool yarns will be used in a colour range that includes rich, strong, as well as soft and subtle, combinations. Techniques are taught by demonstration, followed by careful individual guidance and discussion.
There will be a slide lecture illustrating a history of passementerie, and how trimmings – including weaving, cordspinning and tassel making - are made in a professional workshop.
By the end of the course, you will have completed one tassel demonstrating a range of basic techniques to a high standard of finish and balanced colour.
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.
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.
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)
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.