Passementerie

Tassels in A handbook of ornament (1898)

Tassels in A handbook of ornament (1898) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was researching tassels online, and I came across a term I was unfamiliar with, passementerie. It turns out that I have been practicing this art for years now without realizing it. Passementerie is the art of turning threads into decorative cords, trims, fringes, and tassels. The tassels I have been making for years are considered soft tassels.

Traditional decorative tassels have usually been formed around a mold to create the head, with a separate skirt added to create the fringe. The hanger at the top is the cord, and there may be netting or other thread added to hide the join between the skirt and the head, called the ruff.

I have been planning to create an elaborate tassel to enter into the regional state fair in my area, and I have a lot of new ideas for this project from this!

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