DROP TASSELS WORKSHOP: The Art of Passementerie with Anna Crutchley, Sculpture by the Lakes, Friday, 17. January 2020

Tassels and trimmings have been designed and made in small specialised workshops since the mid 17thcentury. It is only in recent years that this obscure craft has been introduced to textile artists and enthusiasts. In this two-day workshop we will be looking at traditional techniques of making a full-size tassel for interior decoration. Working with a contemporary and rich colour palate of high-quality linen yarns, you will learn basic techniques such as how to roll a wooden tassel mould with cord, cover it vertically with yarn and include ‘stripings’ of S and Z spun cords. The tassel is finished off with a 3 or 4 strand suspension cord and you will learn the fascinating craft of how to spin cords using a special four-hook cord-twisting tool.
Anna Crutchley designs and makes bespoke passementerie(tassels, cords, braids and fringes) for commercial and private customers as well as making original pieces for fashion designers and contemporary interiors. She also specialises in historical research into design and techniques of production. Commissions include work for the National Trust, Powis Castle, Ham House, Petworth House, Polesden Lacey and the Worshipful Company of Weavers.   Anna is author of Decorative Tassels and How to Make Them as well as teaching traditional techniques in tassel-making.
Please bring the following equipment with you:

SHARPscissors - one small and one large pair
A few knitting needles - including one approximately 3-4mm and one 2-3mm (or old size 12 to 14)
Wire snips (if you have them)
Evo-stick Impact Adhesive in a small tube, or a clear glue such as Uhu or Bostick. Don’t bring PVA-based craft glue, as it is a bit too slippery
A few cocktail sticks (to spread the glue)
A tape measure or ruler

Additional charges:Students will complete one tassel during the course and the cost of a tassel will be around £12 – £18 depending on size. 
The tutor will bring all the equipment necessary, plus spare knitting needles as well as tassel moulds and a selection of yarns ready prepared to start work. Students will be able to purchase extra materials and the cordtwister from the tutor to continue work at home if they wish.
Lunch, tea and coffee is included for all students, please advise regarding dietary requirements when booking or on the booking form.

Friday, 17. January 2020, Sculpture by the Lakes, DROP TASSELS WORKSHOP: The Art of Passementerie with Anna Crutchley

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