Passementerie (/pæsˈmɛntri/, French pronunciation: [pɑsmɑ̃tri]) or passementarie is the art of making elaboratetrimmings or edgings (in French, passements) of applied braid, gold or silver cord, embroidery, colored silk, or beadsfor clothing or furnishings.
Styles of passementerie include the tassel, fringes (applied, as opposed to integral), ornamental cords, galloons,pompons, rosettes, and gimps as other forms. Tassels, pompons, and rosettes are point ornaments, and the others are linear ornaments.
Galloons, pompons, gimp. I love the words used in the textile industry, many out of use today.
I'm sitting in front of the fire this afternoon whilst the rain lashes down outside. It's the sort of rain you really do not want to be out in. I love rainy walks ... sometimes.. but today isn't one of those days so Rosie & I have only been out for as long as we've (she's) 'needed' to be. It's one of those days where I am grateful to be able to do some work in the comfort of home and hearth. No need to be in studio or workshop.
The Sew Creative course includes an embellishment element, during which we will be doing some hand embroidery. Working on small pieces, combining fabrics and trims, detailling with buttons or beads, using ornamental stitches as well as structural stiching. For use as small brooches, pendants, or necklaces ornamental pockets.
These type of small acourtrements fall under the french term 'Passementerie', and I'm stitching some samples and examples. It feels a terribly ladylike activity this afternoon. A pot of tea, some lovely old reference books and a little gentle genteel embroidery.