Passementerie is a beautiful old craft that is now on the The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts.
Luckily for us Clare Hedges is a local lady who is an expert in the art.
This weekend we learnt how to make tassels, covered buttons And an Acorn.
Although not perfect my first attempt at the more complicated button covering was not too bad.
Making a ruff however, is a different story.
Besides needing several hands to do to this. What is affectionately known as the third hand is key to this procedure when first learning it. the third hand is basically three prongs on a base where you can tie your fibres onto it to help hold them as you work.
Concentration is key till you get it.
I found that if I stopped for any reason it was difficult to start again with assistance. Take a look at this short video of Clare Hedges making it look easy. https://www.facebook.com/eaubrinkstudio/videos/310399556413735/
We were all please with the progress we made and the items we had finished in time to take them home. The general consensus was that we want Clare to return to teach us more.
We are planning for Clare to return for a Christmas decoration workshop this year. This will be a one day workshop at the end of November.
Then another two day workshop in the new year learning yet more new techniques which is great as that means that more learners can attend as we are all going to be starting from the beginning.
There will be a few changes to the programme very soon so keep an eye out.
The first one will be changes to the Experimental Wednesdays. Instead of four a month I am changing it to two a month. the same will apply to the Powertex Thursdays.
I am hoping to Make some changes to Mondays too. Just waiting to confirm that one.
I have decided to not do so many fairs and to concentrate on workshops for the studio with some new tutors especailly at weekends.
Why? I hear you ask.
Easy. You have been asking me to put on more workshops at weekends.
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Ever wondered just how trimmings are made? This 2-day workshop enables you to learn the basics of hand-made Passementerie, and let you try your hand at making a tasselled button and an acorn similar to those made for a bed at Marchmont House, Berwickshire.
Ideal for anyone interested in textile crafts, as well as professional curtain makers and interior designers. Come along and learn new techniques to create unique finishing touches for your projects or just gain a better understanding of what’s involved in the making process, and the options that bespoke Passementerie can give your clients, giving you a better understanding of the design process involved in bespoke work, making the commissioning process easier to navigate.
Day one will cover the basic techniques regularly used in hand made passementerie. Then day two you will put those techniques together to complete a tasselled button suitable for a bolster cushion and a decorative acorn.
The feedback on this two day course is always good as Students said: “Clare is calm and informative, a great tutor”
“It was a brilliant course, thank you” “Thoroughly enjoyed the weekend”
Clare is in demand with her heritage work as you can see at http://clarehedges.com/category/heritage/
So why not give it a go and join us at Eau Brink Studio for two days of traditional crafting.