An Introduction to Passementerie with Elizabeth Ashdown

with Elizabeth Ashdown

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Foundation Millinery Skills Needed for this Tutorial

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Tutorial Details

One of the rarest and most special of all textile crafts, passementerie is the art of creating ornate ribbons, trimmings and fringes.

Hosted by Elizabeth Ashdown, award winning Passementerie artist, you will be introduced to passementerie weaving skills. Be inspired to create your own fabulous hand woven trimmings bursting with colour, texture and pattern.

About the Instructor

One of only a few hand Passementerie artists working in the UK today, Elizabeth combines traditional and endangered craft skills with a contemporary aesthetic in order to create intriguing, energetic and playful art works and bespoke lengths of passementerie.

Working from her studio in London, Elizabeth creates work for a diverse range of clients including creating hand woven, bespoke artwork commissions for private collectors, to creating artworks for exhibitions and weaving bespoke passementerie lengths. Elizabeth has exhibited her passementerie artworks both nationally and internationally.

In 2023, Elizabeth was awarded the first Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust ADAM Architecture Scholarship for passementerie.

Elizabeth is passionate about sharing the fascinating world of passementerie. She regularly teaches Passementerie Masterclasses both online and in person.

In May 2024, Elizabeth’s book ‘Passementerie handcrafting contemporary trimmings, fringes, tassels and more’ will be published by Schiffer.

Elizabeth received her MA in Textiles from the Royal College of Art.

Materials & Tools

3 colours of 100% wool double knit weight yarn (50g per ball is more than enough). A small selection of cords, ribbons, round braid, fabric strips, etc in a continuous length no shorter than 1m – these materials are called the ‘decorative weft’ and these will be used to create the decorative loops seen in passementerie.

Frame loom, two weaving stick shuttles (optional, but very helpful), scissors, tape measure, wool needle, metal dining fork, G clamps x2 (optional). These are the looms that I recommend:

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