Passementerie – rosettes and tassels with Anna Crutchley

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About this course

Rosettes are magnificent constructions, traditionally used to decorate a cushion, or hand-pleated curtain heading. You'll work with good quality yarns in a rich colour range, to construct both a rosette and tassel.

Course Description

Rosettes are magnificent constructions and are fun to make. They are usually made to decorate a bolster or cushion, or hand-pleated curtain headings or pelmets. When a tassel is hung from a rosette, you have a delightful piece of jewellery for interiors.

Working with good quality cotton and rayon yarns in a rich colour range, and using wooden tassel moulds, you will learn how to construct a rosette using wired gimps, cover the tassel mould vertically with yarn, make a wired skirt, a suspension cord and a binding or ruff at the waist.

Expect to start work in the studio straight away after supper on the first evening. The tutor will introduce you to the materials and tools, and start you on covering the tassel moulds in preparation for the next morning.

On Saturday evening, the tutor will give a slide lecture, showing 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. Contemporary interpretations of this classic form of work, from current textile designer-makers, including the tutor’s own work are included. Any continuing students who have seen this lecture before might like to continue working in the studio.


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


  • A tube of Uhu clear glue

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), and another anywhere around 4-5mm
  • Long sewing needle, around 7-8cms (3-4”) with an eye big enough to take a button thread
  • Wire snips – if you have them
  • An ordinary hair comb

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Uhu clear glue
  • Available from tutor:
  • The tutor will bring:
  • All the cotton yarns, gimp yarns and tassel moulds necessary, with extra available for sale at the end of the course. The charge for yarns and moulds will be around £15 per tassel and should be paid to the tutor before the end of the course, by cash or BACS.
  • Extra tassel moulds and four-hook cord-twisters for spinning cords, which may also be purchased if you wish

Additional information

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 textiles

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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