18 Nov 2010
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

One thing I (almost) never do is use tassels for tiebacks. For me, it’s a bit too expected. That aside, any chance discovery of  some pretty gathered thread of a swingy thing does make me smile.

Topman loafers

My latest Topman acquisition obliged for example, as they sport chic black leather tassels. (Yes, ‘The Girl hunt Ballet’, tasseled loafers!)

I also find them in the most random places such as this divine 18th century wooden box which is edged with carved tassels and swags.
18th Century wooden box18th Century wooden box close up

Line Vautrin the genius jewel of a maker was not opposed to a few ‘cordons et passementerie’s herself despite working in gold plated bronze. Now we’re talking!

And of course if all else fails, 17th and 18th century portraiture is choc-a-bloc with ideas since nary a man or women was seen without at least a few, or indeed a million, woven into their finery. Nicky Denmark & Hunting Lodge

Where is your favourite tassel located?

4 Responses to “Here we come a-tasselling”

  1. avatar quintessence says:

    Agree – would much rather have something a little more rigid in contrast to the softness of the drape. Love the shoes however!

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  3. avatar Brillante says:

    Well…I was in love with tassells and I have many, but not any more on my drapes as tie-back, some are in boxes waiting for another life and some adorne my walk-in closet: two are wrapped around knobs of a dresser (one on each side on a drawer) and two hang above and on the side of a portrait.
    I also have four hanging from the rod of draperies in my bedroom.

  4. avatar colette says:

    Brillante…ive got them all over too – im going to have to sequel this post me thinks. x

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