Passementerie – how to make a classic multiple mould tassel

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About this course

The craft of passementerie has been practised in the west for centuries. As a 'business to business' trade, they are usually commissioned by upholsterers, interior designers, and furniture restorers from trimmings workshops to match the historical style of the interior. In this course we will be learning these traditional skills, and making a tassel with a contemporary twist.

Course Description

Using wooden tassel moulds and colourful linen and rayon yarns, students will learn the basic techniques for covering the moulds, making a tassel skirt, and bringing the whole tassel together with a 3-strand suspension cord. The tutor has a slide lecture that describes the world of passementerie, and we will have the unique opportunity of visiting a passementerie retailer in the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre. 

The course aims to de-mystify and make accessible this unique craft, using techniques that date from before the 17th century to the modern day. 

Students will complete a 20cm multiple mould tassel and its cord using rich and colourful yarns. They will have technique notes and suppliers lists for further work. 

The course is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience in working in textiles and interior design. 


This course takes place in London.

9.30am arrival on the day.

Teaching hours 10.00am - 4.00pm

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Additional information

Refreshments and a delicious light lunch will be provided on the first day of the course. While a vegetarian option is made available, we are unable to cater to specific food intolerances or food allergies.

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