Pre-Order – 18th c. Passementerie Class


#RR907 – 18th c. Passementerie Online Class

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This class covers the styles of passementerie used on women’s clothing in the second half of the 18th century. Passementerie is a term that covers a wide range of fringes, braids, tassels, and ornaments, including what we refer to today as “fly fringe.” Most of the examples used in this class include some form of fringe, which reached its peak in the 1760s and ’70s.

PRE-ORDER ONLY: This class will be taught on Teachable and will be available June 15th, 2019. You will receive a follow up email when the class is ready, indicating you have been added. If you already have a Teachable account and are using a different email address for the pre-order, please let me know.

The pre-order price is $99. After the pre-order period, the full price will be $125 or 4 payments of $32.

This price includes lifetime access to the class, including any future updates to materials or techniques. The class is self-paced, and can be completed at any time. You also have access to a private Facebook group where you can share your progress and ask questions.

A basic kit of threads for the class can be purchased here

What is included?

In this class, we will study a range of 18th c. passementerie examples in museums and private collections. We will then look at the construction of a variety of trim examples ranging from simple to complex. Examples will include fringes (commonly referred to as “fly fringe”), braids, tassels, flowers, and more.

You will learn how to select appropriate materials, plan a design, work with silk threads, tie various styles of knots, and assemble them into a finished trim. Some styles require nothing more than thread and simple tools easily found at your local sewing shop, while others require specialized equipment such as a loom. Detailed directions will be given for all samples used in the class, so you can recreate them or use them as a base for your own designs.

Units include:

  • Overview of tools and materials
  • Overview of historic examples
  • Working with flat silk thread and silk gimp
  • Tying simple and complex knots
  • Simple connections (knots and chain stitch)
  • Puffed silk trims
  • Woven braids using an inkle loom, with and without fringe
  • Complex trims with 2 or more braids
  • Additional embellishments, such as silk thread flowers, loops, and tassels

At the end of this class, you should feel confident looking at historic examples and planning your own 18th c. passementerie projects.


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