Passementerie – tassels with tufts and pompoms with Clare Hedges

Constructed and woven textiles

Ref: SWE10886


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About this course

Working with a wooden mould and high quality yarns, learn the traditional techniques of tassel-making for interior decoration, as practised in trimmings workshops in the UK and Europe.

Course Description

Learn the traditional techniques of tassel-making for interior decoration, as practised in trimmings workshops in the UK and Europe, and using wooden moulds 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 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.

You will also apply the same techniques to make a rosette by covering a wooden button mould, adding a ruff and a tassel hung from the centre.

By the end of the course you will have completed at least one wooden mould based tassel, a fold over tassel, and a rosette, 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.

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

What students need to bring

A tape measure and ruler
A new hair comb
Wire snips, if you have them
A few knitting needles, including 2, 3 and 4mm
Good sharp scissors – one large and one small pair
A selection of sewing needles, including one about 6–8cm long with an eye big enough to take a button thread

Available to buy

Available from shop:
1 x small tube of Uhu or Bostick clear glue

Available from tutor:
The tutor will bring along a range of tassel moulds, gimps and yarns for students to purchase; these will cost around £9–11 per tassel/button, depending on the size and shape. This charge should be paid to the tutor before the end of the course, by cash or cheque.


Clare Hedges

Clare Hedges is a professional maker of bespoke passementerie. Her clients include heritage organisations, interior decorators and private clients all over the world.


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

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