Techniques taught include how to roll the mould with a cord, and make a wired skirt and ruff at the waist. You will also learn how to make a variety of cords using a four-hook cord-twister, including the rolling cords, over bullions, and suspension cords. Good quality Swedish linen yarns, in a rich colour range will be used to make your tassels, covering wooden tassel moulds.
The tutor will demonstrate techniques at each stage, to guide you step-by-step through to completing a sumptuous tassel and matching cord.
Anna will also discuss the historical development of passementerie in the grand houses of England and Europe, with a description and classification of processes and techniques, and showing the various stages of making tassels, cords, braids, and fringes in London trimmings company workshops. You will also see contemporary interpretations of this classic form of work from current textile designer-makers, including the tutor’s own work.
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.