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18th c. Passementerie

An Overview of Historical Examples and How to Make Them

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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 will include:

  • Historic examples
  • Overview of materials
  • Working with flat silk thread and silk gimp
  • Tying simple and complex knots
  • Simple connections
  • Puffed silk trims
  • Woven braids using an inkle loom
  • Complex connections with 2 or more braids
  • Silk thread flowers
  • Tassels

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




Your Instructor


Denise Hendrick
Denise Hendrick

Denise has been involved in reenactment and costuming for over 20 years. In 2014, she launched a line of historically inspired machine embroidery designs in order to help other costumers bring the beauty of period embroidery to their own projects.


Course Curriculum


  Reading Historic Examples
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  Working with Flat Silk Thread
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  Wide Braids
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  Side Notes
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
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