Passementerie – grand tassels with multiple moulds with Anna Crutchley

Constructed and woven textiles

Ref: SWE11939

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About this course

Create a sumptuous linen tassel by combining a series of tassel moulds, which are given a variety of decorative treatments, including striping, snailing or netting and completed with a wired skirt.

Course Description

The most elegant tassels found in the great country houses of Europe usually comprise of a series of tassels moulds, some rolled horizontally with gimp, and others covered vertically with yarn and decorated with striping, snailing or netting, and with skirts hung with overbullions.

You will design a tassel with multiple moulds, looking at how to plan the shapes to give a beautiful silhouette, how to place colour to give the tassel the right weight and how to decorate the moulds to enhance the design. Techniques will also include making a wired skirt, and a cabled cord using a four-hook cordtwister. You will work in linen yarns which give rich texture and colour combinations.

The techniques are equally suitable for beginners, as well as those who feel confident with basic techniques and have attended a previous tassel making course with the tutor. The tutor will demonstrate techniques at each stage, to guide you step-by-step through to completing a sumptuous tassel.


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


  • n/a

What students need to bring

  • Long sewing needles (i.e. around 6cm)
  • A knitting needle around 5mm in diameter
  • Sharp scissors – large and small
  • Wire snips and round nose pliers (only if you already have them)
  • 1 small tube of Evo-stick Impact Adhesive (Uhu or Bostick clear glue is also suitable, but not PVA-based white glue)
  • A ruler and tape measure
  • A hair comb
  • A notebook, and a camera, if you like to document processes this way.
  • Paper and coloured pencils, if you have them

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Tubes of Impact adhesive
  • Paper and coloured pencils
  • Available from tutor:
  • Prepared linen and rayon warps ready for use.
  • Tassel moulds. (As a guide the largest multiple moulds set costs £19.50 and yarns for one large tassel around £8 for linen yarn).
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


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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