Passementerie – sumptuous linen tassels and cords with Anna Crutchley

Constructed and woven textiles

Ref: SWE11500

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About this course

This course introduces the techniques of traditional passementerie tassel making, but with today's interiors and soft furnishings in mind. Complete a full-size tassel and cord suitable to hang on a curtain, or as a pull.

Course Description

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.

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 until 9pm, 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

  • Notebook and pen
  • Calculator
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Sharp scissors – one small and one large pair
  • A fine knitting needle – around 3mm (size 10–12), and another anywhere around 4–5mm
  • Wire snips – if you have them
  • An ordinary hair comb
  • Small ball of old knitting yarn
  • A camera if you like to record the techniques and processes

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Evo-stick/Uhu glue
  • Available from tutor:
  • The tutor will bring all the yarns and tassel moulds necessary, tassels will be weighed to ascertain the quantity of materials used but you should expect to pay around £15–£19. This cost should be reimbursed to her directly during the course by cash or cheque.
  • The tutor will also bring some four-hook cord twisters for spinning cords, with extra available for sale at the end of the course.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


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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