Suitable for absolute beginners. Enjoyable for all.
One-day workshop. 10am – 5pm.
Tassels are the ultimate statement in interior decoration, and making tassels especially to decorate your own interior is not only tremendous fun, but also fascinating. They also make superb presents for friends.
In this one-day course you will be using a contemporary and rich colour palate of high quality rayon, cotton and wool yarns, and learning basic tassel making techniques, such as how to roll a wooden tassel mould with gimp, make a set of colourful pompoms (using a cunning and quick technique) and assemble the whole tassel with a ruff at the waist. The tassel is finished off with a 3 or 4 strand suspension cord and you will learn the fascinating craft of how to make twisted cord using a special four-hook cord-twisting tool.
All materials for the course are supplied, and by the by the end of the course you will have completed one tassel. You will also have a complete set of technical notes and suppliers lists of readily available materials, to take home for further work. Extra materials and the Anna Crutchley Cordtwister will be available for students to buy.
Anna Crutchley is a designer-maker of passementerie (tassels, cords braids and fringes) which she makes to order for interior decorators, furniture restorers, soft furnishers and upholsterers. She researches into techniques and styles of trimmings that have been used in interiors since the 17th century, but also has an eye for a contemporary look. She is a trained teacher and author of books on tassel making – her latest edition Decorative Tassels and How to Make Them is available at the centre.
The course is suitable for beginners, and Anna will guide you carefully through a fascinating set of skills that have been developed over the centuries for this specialised craft.
The use of all tools and materials included.