Fringe Benefit

Bullion, skirt and tassel fringe has made a comeback, you can now see it on sofas, armchairs, lampshades, cushions, footstools and even earrings.  This is good news for me as I have always been a fan of trimmings or passementerie.

Passementerie is the art in making beautiful trimmings such as tassels, braids, gold or silver cord, pom-poms, gimp, rosettes, fringing or edgings for clothing, uniforms or furnishings.

Ten years ago when I was learning the soft furnishings trade I was lucky enough to be given some ex display curtains with spare fabric.  The fabric was embroidered magnolias by Zoffany.  I decided to make a matching bed runner and cushions with the spare fabric then chose bullion fringe and ruche trimmings to compliment this.  I guess it was a little 1980’s but I wanted to know how to work with these embellishments.  I still like the minimal, crisp, no frills look, but equally I like an opulent decorative style. Who can resist those pom-pom flourishes on the right fabric.

The curtains and soft furnishings are now over 10 years old and are still in good condition.  The curtains, runner and cushions still look and feel great.  Trimmings are very good for covering a raw edge on furniture.  They can transform curtains if you place them on the edge you pull (leading edge) or they can soften a stripe or plain fabric on a roman blind.

Perhaps my next customer will ask for a rope embellishment on the curtain heading.  Or even better, a round tablecloth with a deep bullion fringe at the bottom.  Such happy memories…..

If you would like any advice choosing trimmings please feel free to contact me on 01442 808 809 and I shall be happy to help.  Best wishes, Sarah